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Government Experience

  • United States House of Representatives—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, Kennedy School of Government, M.P.P. (1982)


  • District of Columbia

Richard Lehfeldt

Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2882
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Richard Lehfeldt is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm's Energy Group.

Richard’s clients typically call on him when they have hit a regulatory or commercial roadblock, a frequent occurrence in today’s fast-paced, consumer-focused energy industry. As electric power generators, users, plant developers, operators, and owners increasingly find themselves operating businesses in a regulatory landscape that is framed by outdated rules or ambiguities, Richard works with them to move their projects forward. He is particularly adept in creating "first of a kind" frameworks for energy infrastructure projects.

Infrastructure Development

As the energy industry has evolved, Richard has helped clients achieve their goals related to microgrids, federal and state demand response programs, and renewable power. He advises clients who want to build or buy renewable power sources to complete transactions under existing federal and state laws and energy policies. He supports state-level environmental permitting and compliance for renewable power resources, natural gas power plants and microgrids through extensive, cutting-edge work with state regulators. When clients encounter regulatory obstacles in achieving their goals, Richard helps them to pursue the most effective path, whether that means presenting regulators with innovative proposals, considering legislative options, or pursuing litigation or arbitration when necessary. Richard is also engaged in the digital transformation of the electric power sector, which is beginning to replace traditional models for how energy is used and purchased. 

Federal Appliance Standards

Richard also has an active and extensive practice with regard to federal appliance standards and related state energy efficiency laws. He was the lead majority counsel for the House of Representatives in drafting and enacting the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), and he continues to actively counsel appliance manufacturers and importers on compliance and enforcement issues, litigation, rulemaking and policy developments with regard to the EPCA law. 

Corporate & Government Experience

Prior to private practice, Richard was Senior Vice President, External Affairs for TECO Energy, Inc., of Tampa, Florida, and was responsible for the company’s utility and non-utility regulatory, legislative, and corporate communications initiatives, including a proposed restructuring of Florida's electric power sector, and activities in support of a landmark environmental settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection to dramatically reduce air emissions at its power plants.

Prior to joining TECO Energy, Richard was Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, and Chief Legal Officer, North America for Edison Mission Energy (an Edison International company) from 1990 through 1999, responsible for the company’s power projects throughout the United States, and for founding and leading the company’s Washington, D.C. office.

From 1985 through 1990, Richard was majority counsel to the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, serving as lead counsel on all matters pertaining to the federal regulation of the electric power industry, drafting and enacting federal appliance standards legislation, and supporting enactment of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.

Recognitions and Interests

Since 2014 Richard has been recognized as a leading attorney by Chambers USA. Clients quoted in Chambers USA have noted Richard’s "expert technical knowledge and professional demeanor," and the fact that he is "continually thinking of new approaches and different ways of looking at issues."

Outside of the office, Richard spends his free time as a keyboard player in several D.C.-area bands. A former professional musician, he once played with Carly Simon and Rory Block.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia

Highlights, News & Knowledge

Speeches & Presentations

  • "What In-House Lawyers, Regulatory Professionals and Compliance Officers Should Know About The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA)," Crowell & Moring Webinar (October 11, 2018). Speakers: Richard Lehfeldt and Matthew B. Welling.
  • "FERC Outlook: Opportunities and Challenges for Utility-Scale Solar," SEIA Utility-Scale Solar Power Division Meeting, Washington, D.C. (May 10, 2017). Presenter: Richard Lehfeldt.
  • TRADE Talks | WIIT Brown Bag Lunch COP 22 and the New U.S. Presidency: What to Expect for Energy and Environment Policies, Washington, D.C. (January 17, 2017). Presenter: Richard Lehfeldt.
  • "Marketing Solar Energy to Retail Customers: Advertising Claims and SEIA’s Solar Business Code," Webinar (January 12, 2016). Presenters: Christopher A. Cole, Richard Lehfeldt and Peter B. Miller.
  • "UBS Access: COP 21 – Distilling the Essence of the Framework," UBS Securities Teleconference (December 16, 2015). Presenters: Richard Lehfeldt and Cameron Prell.
  • "Displacing Coal with Natural Gas-Fired Generation: What New Infrastructure Will Be Needed?" 2nd EPA Clean Power Plan Implementation Summit, Washington, D.C. (October 20, 2015). Presenter: Richard Lehfeldt.
  • "UBS Access: The Next Round of Ozone - Meshing Old and New EPA Air Regs," UBS Securities Teleconference (October 7, 2015). Presenters: Richard Lehfeldt, Thomas A. Lorenzen, Robert Meyers, and Jared B. Fish.
  • "The Changing Electric Utility Industry – The Litigation Risks Ahead," Crowell & Moring's Corporate Counsel Litigation Forum Webinar Series (April 28, 2015). Presenters: Frank R. Lindh, Cameron Prell, Richard Lehfeldt, and Peter B. Miller.


  • "Refreshed Efficiency Regulations May Impact Appliance Cos." Law360 (March 15, 2019). Authors: Richard Lehfeldt, Matthew B. Welling and Tyler A. O'Connor.
  • "Regulatory Forecast 2019: What Corporate Counsel Need to Know for the Coming Year," a Crowell & Moring LLP publication (February 27, 2019). Editors: Daniel W. Wolff and Richard Lehfeldt.
  • "EPCA Compliance: What Appliance Manufacturers (and Importers) Need to Know," Crowell & Moring's Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer (February 21, 2019). Authors: Richard Lehfeldt, Matthew B. Welling and Tyler A. O'Connor.
  • "Natural Disasters – Dealing with the New Normal," Crowell & Moring's Regulatory Forecast 2018 (February 2018). Contributors: Richard Lehfeldt, Laura Foggan, and Michelle Linderman.
  • "Regulatory Forecast 2018: What Corporate Counsel Need to Know for the Coming Year," a Crowell & Moring LLP publication (February 28, 2018). Editors: Daniel W. Wolff and Richard Lehfeldt.
  • "Energy & Environment – Not Necessarily a Complete Reversal of Obama's Objectives," Crowell & Moring's Regulatory Forecast 2017 (May 2017).
  • "Regulatory Forecast 2017: What Corporate Counsel Need to Know for the Coming Year," a Crowell & Moring LLP publication (May 2017). Editors: Daniel W. Wolff and Richard Lehfeldt.
  • "Microgrids: A Growing Trend In Search Of A Regulatory Model," Electric Light & Power (May 10, 2016). Co-Authors: Larry F. Eisenstat, Richard Lehfeldt, and Diana A. Jeschke.
  • "California Approves Controversial Carlsbad Power Plant," LexisNexis Energy Law Report, Vol. 15-8 (September 2015). Authors: Nancy Saracino, Richard Lehfeldt, Frank R. Lindh, and Jack Stoddard.
  • "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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Mar.19.2020 Chambers Ranks Four Practice Groups and Seven Lawyers in 2020 Global Guide
Apr.29.2019 Chambers USA 2019 Ranks 53 Crowell & Moring Lawyers and 21 Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
May.09.2018 Chambers USA 2018 Ranks 52 Crowell & Moring Lawyers and 24 Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Mar.23.2018 Chambers Ranks Eight Lawyers and Six Practice Groups in 2018 Global Guide
May.26.2017 Chambers USA 2017 Ranks 53 Crowell & Moring Lawyers and 23 Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Mar.22.2017 Chambers Ranks Nine Lawyers and Five Practice Groups in 2017 Global Guide
May.27.2016 Chambers USA Ranks 56 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 19 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Mar.24.2016 Chambers Ranks Nine Attorneys and Four Groups in 2016 Global Guide
Oct.27.2015 Super Lawyers Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
May.19.2015 Chambers USA Ranks 53 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 20 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
May.05.2015 Chambers Ranks 12 Attorneys and Eight Groups in 2015 Global, Europe, and U.K. Guides
Sep.30.2014 Super Lawyers 2014 Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
May.23.2014 Chambers USA Ranks 51 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 19 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Sep.01.2013 Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes 64 Crowell & Moring Attorneys