George O’Connor joined our Washington, D.C. office in 2014. He has spent over 20 years in federal government service acting in both regulatory and legislative positions. He also has extensive experience in the private sector as a Vice President for Entergy Corporation and as partner in a Washington, D.C. law firm. While in federal service Mr. O’Connor was a trial attorney at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), a legal advisor to Commissioner Charles Trabandt at FERC, and a regulatory and legislative counsel in the United States Senate. He brings his extensive regulatory and legislative experience to Brunini’s Washington, D.C. office.
Mr. O’Connor has a proven record of working with both political parties in Congress. He was heavily involved with the development, passage and brokering of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, including provisions amending the Federal Power Act and the Natural Gas Act. He also has substantial experience with the issue of climate change. Mr. O’Connor was a staff member of Congressional delegations that took part in COP-6 at The Hague in 2000 and COP-10 at Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2004. In each instance he was a member of the U.S. Senate staff accompanying both House and Senate Members of Congress. In 2004, he was Chief of Staff for the Congressional Delegation that traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
After almost 24 years of federal service, Mr. O’Connor retired in 2005 and immediately joined the law firm of Ryan, Philips, Utrecht, & MacKinnon in Washington, D.C. as a partner. In early 2008, he was hired by Entergy Corporation to lead its Washington, D.C. office as Vice President of Federal Government Affairs. During his tenure at Entergy he closely followed transmission regulatory activity at FERC, nuclear relicensing proceedings at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and clean air compliance activity at the Environmental Protection Agency and helped inform and shape numerous Congressional energy and climate legislative initiatives during that time.
Mr. O’Connor has also interacted with the financial industry in guiding investments in energy development.
- J.D. George Mason University School of Law, 1980
- B.A. Fordham University, 1973
- Virginia (1980)
- District of Columbia (2006)
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (1980)
- United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (1980)
Community & Professional Activities
- Energy Bar Association
- Member of the George Mason University School of Law Alumni Board of Directors
Speeches & Publications
- “Will the commission’s Hydropower Program Revive in the ’90s?” Energy Law Journal 1993
- “America’s Quest for Clean Energy: Is Hydropower Relevant?” The Electricity Journal 2013