Jeffrey Merrifield is a partner in the law firm's Energy practice and is located in the Washington, DC office.
Mr. Merrifield was appointed by President Clinton and reappointed by President Bush to serve on the five-member, Senate-confirmed, independent United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. During his tenure, which was from October 1998 to June 2002 and from August 2002 to June 2007, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission had a staff of 3,250 employees with a budget of $900 million and set all policies and rules that govern the safe and secure use of nuclear materials at the 104 U.S. nuclear power plants operating at that time.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Merrifield served as President of The Merrifield Group, LLC where he provided energy and environmental consulting, advocacy and strategic advice for companies, organizations and individuals. Specific areas of focus included management, energy market analysis, nuclear, fossil and alternative energy policy and deployment, radioactive and hazardous waste disposal strategies, safety and regulatory assessment and analysis, as well as public and government engagement.
Before working with the Merrifield Group, Mr. Merrifield was the Senior Vice President of Global Business Development with CB&I’s Power Business Unit. While there, he led a team of twenty-five sales and proposal staff to develop and win over $1.5 billion in annual sales, including the first competitive, EPC combined cycle gas unit in over six years.
Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President for The Shaw Group, Inc.’s Power Group. As a member of the Power Group's executive team, he was responsible for overseeing the group's external relationships including nuclear business development, customer relations, strategic planning, marketing and communications, as well as government and regulatory affairs.
Mr. Merrifield also served on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Ecology Corporation, which is one of the largest U.S. operators of both hazardous and low-level radioactive waste disposal facilities. He served as the Lead Director and Chairman of the Governance Committee, and was a member of the Compensation and Audit Committees.
- Top Campaign Team, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, 2014
- Presidential Citation, Fukushima Rapid Response, American Nuclear Society, 2011
- Energy Leadership Award, Charlotte Business Journal, 2010
- Special Achievement Award, United States Transport Council, 2007
Executive Board Member, E4 of the Carolinas
Board Member, Central Piedmont Community College Foundation
Advisory Board Member, University of North Carolina Charlotte - EPIC Program
Member, American Nuclear Society, New Hampshire and District of Columbia Bar Associations
- Globally Engaged, Nuclear Plant Journal, September-October 2012
- The Nuclear Renaissance, Nuclear Plant Journal, July-August 2010
- Regulatory Perspectives on the Deployment of High Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactors in Electric and Non-Electric Energy Sectors, Nuclear Plant Journal, September-October 2006
- Spent Fuel: Myths and Facts, Nuclear Plant Journal, March-April 2006
- Enjeux et perspectives dans un environment éclairé par le risqué, Controlle Autorite De Surete Nucleaire, Novembre 2003
- A Vision for Tomorrow, a Plan for Today, Representative American Speeches 2000-2001, The Reference Shelf, Volume 73, Number 6, H.W. Wilson Company, 2001
- Dynamic Environments Demand Dynamic Performance, Nuclear Plant Journal, September October 2000
- Tax Treatment of Environmental Costs, Toxics Law Reporter, November 2, 1994
- California Leads in Environmental Claims, Chemical Times & Trends, July 1993
Nuclear Industry Spokesperson, served as a lead spokesperson for the Nuclear Energy Institute and the American Nuclear Society in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan. Conducted over 100 interviews (1/3 on live TV) with a wide variety of radio and television stations including, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC (Chris Matthews, Laurence O'Donnell, Eliot Spitzer), NBC, FOX (Greta Van Sustren), The Weather Channel (Al Roker) BBC, Bloomberg, and ABC.