Jeff’s unique perspectives gained from his experiences in Congress, as a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and as an energy industry executive, have proven invaluable when guiding our company through the complexities of Washington, D.C. and helping our growth.
Jeff Merrifield, a former presidential appointee to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, is passionate about identifying strategic and legal solutions for major energy and environmental issues.
The leader of Pillsbury's Energy practice, Jeff utilizes the wide range of experience he has gained over the last 30 years, having worked as an attorney in the U.S. Senate and as a senior executive at the largest power engineering and construction company in the United States—in addition to his time on the NRC—to bring his clients a unique perspective on strategic problem-solving. Jeff's well-received media and public speaking capabilities also provide a significant resource for the advocacy of common-sense and cost-effective solutions.
Provides strategic counsel and advice to Terrestrial Energy and X-energy which are developing next generation non-light water nuclear reactors.
Provides counsel and representation to a group of utilities before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission regarding how to meet NRC physical security requirements, offering crucial advice on challenges to some of these requirements.
Served as co-outside counsel for the board of directors of Energy Northwest in an independent investigation of allegations directed against senior management of the company regarding nuclear safety culture and employee concerns.
Serves as the Chairman of the Nuclear Infrastructure Council Advanced Reactors Task Force where he leads an effort to promote the deployment of this innovative nuclear technology.
Was a leading spokesperson for the U.S. nuclear industry during the Fukushima incident fielding over 100 live interviews (TV and radio) over a two-week period following that unfortunate accident.
On the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, became the most widely traveled Commissioner ever, having visited 30 of the 31 countries then operating nuclear plants and toured 240 of the world’s 440 nuclear reactors.
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
B.A., Tufts University
District of Columbia