Frances Bishop Morris

Associate

202-298-1874

ftb@vnf.com

Assistant

1050 Thomas Jefferson Street NW
Seventh Floor
Washington, DC 20007
  • Represented trade association in requesting rehearing before federal agency and challenging agency final rule before D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Researched and drafted responses to allegations of pipeline safety regulatory violations before state regulatory authority.
  • Researched and drafted brief contesting probable violations of pipeline safety regulations in matter before federal agency.
  • Assisted client in review and production of documents in response to civil investigative demand issued by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
  • Assisted in drafting comprehensive white paper assessing pipeline safety progress for prominent trade association.
  • Drafted memoranda addressing jurisdictional status of onshore and offshore natural gas and hazardous liquids facilities under PHMSA’s statutory authority and regulations.
  • Analyzed proposed rules and court opinions relating to agency action under the Endangered Species Act and NEPA.
  • Drafted briefing memorandum to Assistant Attorney General for approval of consent decree arising out of response costs under CERCLA.
  • Prepared and filed proof of claim in bankruptcy proceeding to preserve judgment for violations of Clean Water Act.
  • Represented District of Columbia clients on pro bono basis through Washington Lawyers’ Committee’s D.C. Prisoners’ Project at parole hearings before United States Parole Commission.
  • Drafted memorandum for American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on pro bono basis addressing Department of Housing and Urban Development’s authority to waive Housing Act provisions that provide public housing tenants the right to own pets.

Publications

Aliso Canyon Storage Leak

ABA's Infrastructure Periodical, Vol. 55 Issue 4
08/01/2016

The Keystone XL Pipeline: Fueling the debate over presidential permit authority

Trends - ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Newsletter, Vol. 46 Issue 4
03/01/2015