Government Experience

  • U.S. Congress—Counsel, Energy and Power Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee (1987-1990); Counsel, House Subcommittee on Energy Conservation and Power (1985-1987)


  • University of Michigan, B.A. (1972) Phi Beta Kappa
  • Harvard Law School, J.D. (1982) cum laude
  • Harvard University, M.P.P. (1982)


  • District of Columbia
Richard Lehfeldt, Partner Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2882
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20004-2595

Richard Lehfeldt is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm's Energy Group. In his practice, Richard counsels clients, including electric power plant developers and owners, through all phases of project development, operations and regulatory compliance. He also advises clients on large-scale and complex transactions including acquisitions, sales, joint ventures and divestitures, and financing of energy assets. Richard is particularly adept in creating "first of a kind" frameworks for large-scale energy infrastructure projects. He has extensive experience in the electricity industry, including regulatory and environmental law, corporate communications, and federal and state legislation.

Prior to private practice, Richard was senior vice president, external affairs, for TECO Energy, Inc., of Tampa, Florida. He was responsible for TECO's regulatory affairs, federal and state governmental relations, and corporate communications. While with TECO, he led significant efforts, including: preserving the federal tax credit program for synthetic fuels, creating a regulatory strategy for wholesale competition in the State of Arizona, developing a proposal for wholesale electric competition in Florida and sponsoring the proposal before Governor Bush's blue ribbon commission, and executing a communication strategy to showcase Tampa Electric's landmark environmental settlement with USEPA and Florida DEP to dramatically reduce air emissions at its power plants.

Prior to joining TECO Energy, Richard was vice president, assistant general counsel, and director of North American legal operations for Edison Mission Energy from 1990 through 1999. He served as lead counsel in the development of numerous competitive power projects and as lead in-house counsel for all domestic business activities, including development of major power projects on the East Coast. Specific projects in which he played a major role include serving as co-counsel for the purchase of a $1 billion plant in Pennsylvania and the fossil fuel-powered plants of Commonwealth Edison in Illinois (more than $2 billion); founding a Washington, D.C. office for the corporation to address political, legislative, and regulatory objectives; developing, in conjunction with the VP for Environmental Health and Safety, a corporate-wide environmental policy, including positions on climate change; and supporting a successful sector-wide political campaign to defeat a Congressional attempt to terminate the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

From 1985 through 1990, Richard worked in the U.S. House of Representatives as counsel to the Energy Subcommittee of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, serving as lead counsel on all matters pertaining to the federal regulation of the electric industry. He was lead staffer responsible for drafting and enacting federal appliance standards legislation, which established minimum efficiency standards for major home appliances. He also helped to develop a market-based trading regime in the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, to reduce sulfur dioxide emission from power plants, and drafted and oversaw enactment of the first amendment to the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935.

Richard began his career as an associate with an AmLaw 100 firm in Washington, D.C. While with the firm, he practiced in the government contracts and litigation departments, and on complex securities litigation involving an SEC enforcement action alleging fraud in the procurement of a government contract.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia


  • "The Triumph of the Regulated Utility Model," Electric Light & Power (July/August 2011). Co-Author: Richard Lehfeldt.
  • "Let's Make a Deal–Energy Policy and the Art of the Possible in the 112th Congress," Electric Light & Power (March/April 2011). Co-Author: Richard Lehfeldt.
  • "Recovering from the Recovery Act," North American Clean Energy (January/February 2011). Co-Author: Richard Lehfeldt.
  • "Commerce Clause Conflict," Public Utilities Fortnightly (December 2010). Co-Author: Richard Lehfeldt.
  • "FERC Limits Ability of Feed-In Tariffs to Incentivize Alternative Generation— What's Next?," Electric Light & Power (September/October 2010). Co-Author: Richard Lehfeldt.
  • "The New Energy Battleground: Transmission," Law360 (April 30, 2010). Co-Author: Richard Lehfeldt.
  • "The Stimulus Act: An Energy Policy of Tea Leaves, First Drafts and Down Payments," Electric Light & Power (January/February 2010). Co-Author: Richard Lehfeldt.
  • "Geothermal From the Group Up," North American Clean Energy (January/February 2010). Co-Author: Richard Lehfeldt.
  • "Building a Power Plant in Chaotic Economic Times," Law360 (January 26, 2009). Co-Author: Richard Lehfeldt.
  • "The World of Electricity According to John McCain, Barack Obama, Al Gore, T. Boone Pickens and Paris Hilton," Electric Light & Power (September/October 2008). Co-Author: Richard Lehfeldt.
  • "As Policymakers Fight Over Paradigms, a Crisis Looms," Electric Light & Power (March/April 2008). Author: Richard Lehfeldt.
  • "The Climate Change Debate After Massachusetts v. EPA," Electric Light and Power (May/June 2007). Co-Author: Richard Lehfeldt.
  • "Psst - Wanna Build a Power Plant?," Electric Light & Power (July/August 2006). Co-Author: Richard Lehfeldt.
  • "Benefit of Counsel: PURPA Lives," Electric Light & Power (March/April 2006). Author: Richard Lehfeldt.

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