Michael Diamond

Associate

202.298.1807

mmd@vnf.com

Assistant

1050 Thomas Jefferson Street NW
Seventh Floor
Washington, DC 20007
  • Acted as lead associate representing major pipeline company in rate case filed under section 4 of the Natural Gas Act.  Involved in all legal strategy discussions, assisted with preparation of witness testimony, managed discovery matters, drafted pleadings and settlement documents.
  • Conducting regulatory due diligence for clients interested in liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities, addressing risks in obtaining authorizations required pursuant to energy and environmental laws.
  • Assisting companies seeking authorization to construct and operate interstate natural gas pipelines, navigating regulatory issues under the Natural Gas Act and National Environmental Policy Act. 
  • Assisting natural gas pipeline companies in bringing challenges before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit against failures by state and local agencies to act on applications for permits under the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act. 
  • Acted as interim in-house counsel for a major gas pipeline operator. 
  • Represented a major natural gas pipeline in the preparation of a complicated series of facility abandonment applications at the FERC.
  • Assisting District of Columbia prisoners requesting parole from the U.S. Parole Commission, as part of the firm’s pro bono practice


Publications

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

Contributing Author
Energy Law and Transactions
Chapter 56
05/01/2016

AGA FERC Manual: A Guide for Local Distribution Companies (2015-2016)

Contributing Author
American Gas Association, 2015-2016 Edition
06/01/2015

Gas Law Chapter

ABA's Recent Developments in Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Industries 2014, Peter V. Lacouture, Editor, pp. 287
01/01/2014

AGA FERC Manual: A Guide for Local Distribution Companies (2013)

Contributing Author
American Gas Association, 2013 Edition
06/01/2013

Will FERC Abandonment Policy Fit Today's Market and Regulatory Environment?

Natural Gas & Electricity, Vol. 29 Issue 3 pp. 10
10/01/2012

How will changing pipeline safety requirements affect America's growing domestic gas supply?

Trends, ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Newsletter, Vol. 44 Issue 1
09/01/2012

If Not Now, When? Addressing Oil Shale's Contribution to Climate Change in the Midst of the U.S. Production Boom

Journal of Energy Development, Vol. 37 Issue 2 pp. 259
08/01/2012

Wasting Energy: Waste-to-Energy's Struggle Highlights America's Failure to Incentivize Renewable Energy

Renewable, Alternative & Distributed Energy Resources Committee Newsletter, American Bar Association
07/01/2011

Energized Negotiations: Mediating Disputes over the Siting of Interstate Electric Transmission Lines

Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, Vol. 26 Issue 1 pp. 217
02/01/2011

Presentations

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC)

Panelist, "United States Natural Gas Exports (specifically Liquefied Natural Gas) –The Implications for the Economy, Trade and Geopolitics"
Nashville, TN
07/24/2016