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Brett Snyder

Brett A. Snyder focuses his practice on the U.S. federal regulation of the natural gas, oil, and natural gas liquids industries and the negotiation of related commercial agreements. He advises clients regarding the certification of new natural gas infrastructure projects. Brett regularly represents energy industry clients in complex administrative and rate litigation and in agency investigations before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Department of Energy, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and in U.S. federal courts.

In the natural gas and oil sectors, Brett counsels clients on the federal regulation of natural gas and oil/liquids transportation and sales and pipeline safety. He advises new pipeline and liquefied natural gas terminal projects involving the Natural Gas Act and manages all aspects of FERC certification proceedings. Brett is co-author of the first editions of The AGA FERC Manual: A Guide for Local Distribution Companies, a comprehensive FERC manual for natural gas distribution companies.

Brett represents natural gas, oil, and electric clients in complex administrative and rate litigation before FERC, and in public and non-public investigations, regulatory audits, and self-reporting proceedings before FERC’s Office of Enforcement, the CFTC, and the Federal Trade Commission. 

He also represents energy and other companies in FCC licensing matters relating to mergers and acquisitions and reorganizations.

Brett is recognized as a leading lawyer in his field by multiple independent commentators, including The Legal 500 United States (2012, 2015) and Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2010–2011). He is an active member of the Energy Bar Association and the Federal Communications Bar Association.

Brett received his B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland, and before the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fifth, Ninth, and District of Columbia Circuits.

Recent Articles & Comments

September 08, 2017

There is a robust and evolving niche market for smaller-scale LNG projects. On the export side, there is a second tranche of credible buyers who want cargoes smaller than those of the large LNG carriers serving traditional terminals, with most small-scale exports destined for the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. The proposal would allow for the DOE to provide quicker review and approval of applications to export to countries without free trade agreements.


March 08, 2017

The Executive Actions do not clarify whether these requirements apply to offshore or cross-border pipelines, nor how the administration will effectuate the directive without violating existing international trade agreements. Key language in the memoranda, requiring American-made materials "to the maximum extent possible and to the extent permitted by law," may provide a loophole. Commenters suggest that this phrase avoids running afoul of existing trade treaties.