Bill Van Ness is a founding partner of Van Ness Feldman. His practice focuses on representing clients on policy issues before committees of Congress, federal administrative and regulatory agencies, and agencies of state governments.
Mr. Van Ness served as Special Counsel (1966-1969) and Chief Counsel (1970-1977) to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee of the United States Senate under Chairman, Senator Henry M. Jackson (D-WA). During his service with the Senate, Mr. Van Ness was an active participant in the development of many landmark natural resource, environmental, and energy laws. Measures for which he was primarily responsible include the National Environmental Policy Act, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act, and the Energy Policy and Conservation Act.
Mr. Van Ness is the former president of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation. He also has served on the Board of Directors for the University of Washington Academic Medical Center, where he was the Chair of the Board’s special Review Committee, which undertook a major study of UW Medicine’s compliance with federal health care billing regulations.
University of Washington School of Law
Western Washington University
Alaska Bar Association
American Bar Association
Henry M. Jackson Foundation
University of Washington Academic Medical Center
Former Chair, Review Committee, Board of Directors
Washington State Bar Association
Chief Counsel, Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, 1970-1977
Director, National Fuels and Energy Policy Study, 1972-1974
Special Counsel, Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, 1966-1969
- Chief Counsel, Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, 1970-1977
- Director, National Fuels and Energy Policy Study, 1972-1974
- Special Counsel, Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, 1966-1969