WilmerHale's energy lawyers provide counsel on matters related to the licensing, relicensing and decommissioning of nuclear power plants.  

WilmerHale represents clients in administrative and litigation proceedings related to nuclear operational, decontamination and decommissioning matters, particularly those requiring licensing and other federal, state and local approvals. With extensive technical experience, our lawyers are well positioned to assess and enhance clients' compliance programs to address federal and state regulatory requirements, including those put in place by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and we represent clients in nuclear matters under the jurisdiction of the NRC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state public utility commissions. We have handled matters proceeding in parallel before multiple regulators, and are adept at coordinating with a variety of stakeholders to promote efficient resolution should proceedings become controversial. Additionally, we work closely with the firm's Public Policy and Legislative Affairs Group to monitor the evolving landscape of US nuclear energy policy and regulation, and provide strategic advice with the future of the sector in mind.


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Kirsch, Robert C.

Robert C. Kirsch


+1 617 526 6779 (t)


Rachel Jacobson

Rachel Jacobson

Special Counsel

+1 202 663 6385 (t)


Heiple, Bonnie L.

Bonnie L. Heiple


+1 617 526 6745 (t)



  • Representing a state agency in a series of contested proceedings before a state public utility commission related to the relicensing of a controversial nuclear energy generation facility.
  • Representing a client in administrative hearings related to the decommissioning, site restoration and proposed transfer of a nuclear plant, including providing analysis and advice regarding post-closure and waste storage/disposal issues.
  • Developing a compliance system for an electric utility company managing a nuclear power plant.
  • Advising a major pharmaceutical company on regulations regarding the use of radioactive material in a research and development facility, including licensing and training requirements.
  • Advising clients on requirements to transfer licenses from the NRC in connection with changes in ownership and control.