Roland Backhaus is a member of the law firm's Energy and Infrastructure practice groups and is located in the Washington, DC office.
Mr. Backhaus’ practice focuses on transactional and dispute resolution matters in a wide range of technical disciplines. He draws from his technical training and professional experience to counsel clients regarding a wide variety of matters, primarily related to the international nuclear industry. Mr. Backhaus has extensive experience working with engineers and technical experts to provide guidance in areas related to nuclear engineering, mechanical engineering, thermal hydraulics, materials, computer modeling, fluid dynamics, cybersecurity, and statistics.
Mr. Backhaus has advised foreign governments on various aspects of developing domestic nuclear power programs and related infrastructure, including vendor procurement, agreements for the construction, operation, and fueling of nuclear power units, and the protection of sensitive technical and corporate information. He has represented materials licensees in responding to NRC enforcement actions and has provided legal advice in connection with administrative and appellate litigation.
Mr. Backhaus has represented clients before the International Court of Arbitration, has worked extensively in Asia, and has lived and worked in the Middle East. As a result of these and other experiences, Mr. Backhaus has developed the ability to communicate effectively within diverse business and legal cultures.
Mr. Backhaus graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he co-wrote the University's comment in response to an EPA proposed rulemaking regarding greenhouse gases, was a member of the Administrative Law Review, and served as a legal intern to the Honorable Henry H. Kennedy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Before attending law school, Mr. Backhaus served as an officer on the USS FLORIDA, a nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine as the Reactor Control Assistant and the Assistant Chief Engineer. As the Reactor Control Assistant, he conducted complex reactor plant testing and maintenance. As the Assistant Chief Engineer, he oversaw a $400 M refueling of an S8G nuclear reactor and the training and management of more than 60 nuclear-trained personnel. After serving on the USS FLORIDA, Mr. Backhaus taught English at the United States Naval Academy, an experience that further developed his ability to communicate with, and write for, audiences with diverse experiences and competencies. He received numerous awards for his military service, including the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals. Mr. Backhaus’ military experience provides him with a unique ability to identify and manage risk in order to successfully and efficiently complete complex undertakings.
Mr. Backhaus holds degrees from the United States Naval Academy (Bachelor of Science), George Mason University (Master of Arts), The United States Navy Nuclear Power School, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (Juris Doctor).
International Nuclear Law Association
ABA Forum on Construction Law
Nuclear Energy Institute Lawyer’s Committee, Litigation, Legislation, Risk Management, and Supplier Issues Subcommittee
American Nuclear Society
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia