Ben Yamagata’s practice encompasses federal legislative and administrative issues in the area of energy, environment, and natural resources related matters.
Ben represents clients before the United States Congress, the Departments of Energy and Interior, as well as the Office of Management and Budget, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Council on Environmental Quality as well as other offices within the Office of the President, on both project-specific and programmatic issues that relate particularly to technology research, development, demonstration, and deployment relating to the use of coal and other fossil and renewable energy resources. Ben has advised clients on energy and environmental technology projects as well as provided counsel and representation in the structuring and advocacy for government programs such as the Department of Energy’s clean coal technology development programs and financial incentive programs (e.g., loan guarantees and clean coal tax credits) for energy projects.
In addition to his work with Van Ness Feldman, Ben serves as the Executive Director of the Coal Utilization Research Council (CURC), a coalition of industry and educational institutions with an interest in promoting clean coal technology.
George Washington University School of Law
"Best Lawyers in America" by Best Lawyers
Energy Law, 2014-2017
Coal Utilization Research Council
Counsel/Staff Director, Subcommittee on Energy Research and Development, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, 1975- 1977
Professional Staff Member, Special Committee on Aging, 1972-1974
Office of U.S. Senator Frank Church (D-ID)
Legislative Counsel, 1974-1975