David Lewis is the leader of the law firm's Energy practice. Prior to joining Pillsbury, he worked under an honors program as an attorney-advisor to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board in 1982-83.Mr. Lewis has been involved in numerous initial licensing, license amendment, restart, license renewal, decommissioning, enforcement and whistleblower proceedings. In these proceedings, he has successfully represented his clients in the full range of issues associated with the siting, operation, economics, environmental impact and decommissioning of nuclear units. He also represented the owners and operators of the Three Mile Island reactors with various regulatory matters that involved complex technical issues and in the landmark case over the "restart" of the undamaged TMI-1 unit. Mr. Lewis has been involved in reactor design certifications and is on the leading edge of new plant licensing work, assisting with the development of an early site permit application and several applications for combined construction permit and operating licenses. He is a member of NEI's COL Task Force and Financial Issues Task Force.
Mr. Lewis is the leading practitioner in nuclear plant license renewal. He represented Baltimore Gas & Electric Company in the first application for renewal of an operating license for a commercial nuclear plant, and has assisted numerous other utilities with their license renewal efforts. He is a member of the Nuclear Energy Institute's (NEI) License Renewal Working Group and the author of the Report on the Renewal of Nuclear Power Plant Operating Licenses for the Committee on Nuclear Technology and Law of the Association of the City of New York.
Mr. Lewis has been extensively involved in nuclear business and organizational transactions. He has represented numerous clients in the sale or acquisition of nuclear plants, in sale-leaseback transactions, in the formation of operating companies, and in approvals related to the formation of holding companies, mergers, spin-offs, and electric utility deregulation.
- Legal 500 US, Energy—Regulatory (2015)
- Chambers Global, Energy: Nuclear-Regulatory & Litigation—USA (2007-2015)
- Chambers USA, Energy: Nuclear-Regulatory—National (2007-2015)
American Nuclear Society; District of Columbia Bar Association, Energy Division; ASME Board on Nuclear Codes and Standards, Task Group on Regulatory Endorsement
District of Columbia Court of Appeals, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth and District of Columbia Circuits, U.S. Supreme Court