Representative Experience

  • Outside general counsel to a fusion energy company regarding nuclear regulatory, intellectual property and corporate issues.
  • Counsel to a leading U.S. supplier regarding the ITER fusion project.
  • Lead counsel to a Department of Energy contractor regarding the development of commercial fusion energy facilities.

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  • Counsel to an international supplier to the ITER project regarding nuclear liability issues.
  • Counsel to a low-energy nuclear reaction fusion company regarding nuclear regulatory, intellectual property and corporate issues.
  • Counsel to a fusion technology company regarding investment and intellectual property issues.
  • Assisting the Fusion Industry Association in developing a regulatory framework strategy for commercial fusion energy facilities.
  • Providing strategic counsel and advice to General Fusion, which is developing advanced fusion generating facilities.
  • Advising General Fusion on development of a prototype fusion reactor in the United Kingdom.
  • Working with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to help develop a regulatory framework to promote development of fusion energy.

Practice Area Highlights

  • Pillsbury is ranked in Tier 1 for Energy Law in the U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list in 2021.
  • Practice co-leader Jeff Merrifield serves on the Board of the U.S. Nuclear Industry Council and—together with Pillsbury counsel Sid Fowler—serves as outside counsel to the Fusion Industry Association.
  • Practice co-leader William Fork is a member of the Board of the International Nuclear Law Association (INLA) and co-chair of the INLA Fusion Working Group.

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  • Chambers Global and Chambers USA recognize Pillsbury in Band 1 for Nuclear Energy in 2021, with leading practitioners Jeff Merrifield, David Lewis, Jay Silberg and Elina Teplinsky.
  • Team includes attorneys who previously worked for Nuclear Regulatory Commission, including a former commissioner on the five-member NRC (1998-2007), which has been tasked by Congress with regulating fusion energy.