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Adriana Vélez-León

Associate

Adriana is an Associate Attorney at the Firm since 2017. Adriana’s practice areas include energy, environmental, administrative, non-profit, communications, contract, and corporate law, as well as litigation and project development and finance. Adriana primarily represents municipal and tribal utilities, electric cooperatives, and other government entities on electric regulatory matters, including ratemaking, open access transmission tariffs, and reliability issues.

Adriana regularly appears before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) in administrative litigation and settlement proceedings. Adriana has drafted pleadings, discovery requests/responses and briefs for multiple cases, including FERC rate cases. Adriana also advises clients on electric reliability regulations promulgated by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (“NERC”), the Western Energy Coordinating Council, and other standard-setting organizations. She has helped clients navigate through reliability audits, and monitored new and pending revisions to reliability standards to help clients understand their compliance obligations. Additionally, Adriana assists clients in the development of renewable energy projects, including solar power projects. She has assisted with the negotiation and preparation of various contracts and other transactional documents, including power purchase agreements and other financing and procurement contracts.

Prior to joining the Firm, Adriana served as a Law Clerk at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics, and Training, where her work included analyzing the states’ role in implementing the Clean Water Act.

Adriana formerly served as a Law Clerk for the U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental and Natural Resources Division, where she drafted memorandum and initiated discovery proceedings for cases regarding the Clean Water Act.

Adriana was a Summer Associate at Ferraiuoli, LLC in Puerto Rico.  During her time at Ferrauoli she worked on a variety of legal research and drafting assignments, including revising option to lease agreements for the development of solar renewable energy projects in Puerto Rico.

While attending The George Washington University Law School, Adriana was Senior Articles Editor of the Journal of Energy and Environmental Law and Vice-President of the Latino Law Students Association.

Adriana is fluent in Spanish.
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D. 2017
  • University of Puerto Rico, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 2011
  • Illinois
  • District of Columbia
  • Senior Articles Editor of The George Washington Law School Journal of Energy and Environmental Law
  • Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Energy Bar Association
  • Adriana Vélez-León, Turning Offshore Wind Power On in Puerto Rico, 8 Willamette Envtl. L. J. 1 (2018).
  • Adriana Vélez-León, Rain on Demand: Regulating Weather Modification Throughout the United States, 8 GEO. WASH. J. ENERGY ENVTL. L. 148 (2017).

Overview

Adriana is an Associate Attorney at the Firm since 2017. Adriana’s practice areas include energy, environmental, administrative, non-profit, communications, contract, and corporate law, as well as litigation and project development and finance. Adriana primarily represents municipal and tribal utilities, electric cooperatives, and other government entities on electric regulatory matters, including ratemaking, open access transmission tariffs, and reliability issues.

Adriana regularly appears before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) in administrative litigation and settlement proceedings. Adriana has drafted pleadings, discovery requests/responses and briefs for multiple cases, including FERC rate cases. Adriana also advises clients on electric reliability regulations promulgated by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (“NERC”), the Western Energy Coordinating Council, and other standard-setting organizations. She has helped clients navigate through reliability audits, and monitored new and pending revisions to reliability standards to help clients understand their compliance obligations. Additionally, Adriana assists clients in the development of renewable energy projects, including solar power projects. She has assisted with the negotiation and preparation of various contracts and other transactional documents, including power purchase agreements and other financing and procurement contracts.

Prior to joining the Firm, Adriana served as a Law Clerk at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics, and Training, where her work included analyzing the states’ role in implementing the Clean Water Act.

Adriana formerly served as a Law Clerk for the U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental and Natural Resources Division, where she drafted memorandum and initiated discovery proceedings for cases regarding the Clean Water Act.

Adriana was a Summer Associate at Ferraiuoli, LLC in Puerto Rico.  During her time at Ferrauoli she worked on a variety of legal research and drafting assignments, including revising option to lease agreements for the development of solar renewable energy projects in Puerto Rico.

While attending The George Washington University Law School, Adriana was Senior Articles Editor of the Journal of Energy and Environmental Law and Vice-President of the Latino Law Students Association.

Adriana is fluent in Spanish.

Education

  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D. 2017
  • University of Puerto Rico, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 2011

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • District of Columbia

Honors

  • Senior Articles Editor of The George Washington Law School Journal of Energy and Environmental Law

Organizations

  • Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Energy Bar Association

Publications

  • Adriana Vélez-León, Turning Offshore Wind Power On in Puerto Rico, 8 Willamette Envtl. L. J. 1 (2018).
  • Adriana Vélez-León, Rain on Demand: Regulating Weather Modification Throughout the United States, 8 GEO. WASH. J. ENERGY ENVTL. L. 148 (2017).