Donna Attanasio is a Professional Lecturer and the Senior Advisor for Energy Law Programs at GW Law. She leads the law school’s Sustainable Energy Initiative and works closely with the Associate Dean Paddock on energy-related aspects of the law school’s environmental and energy law program.
Professor Attanasio has worked in the electric energy sector for over 30 years, including over 24 years in private practice. From November 2006 until May 2013, she was a partner at White & Case LLP, in its Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance practice (Energy Markets and Regulatory Group), with a primary focus on power purchase contract negotiations, advising clients on the regulatory aspects of financings and mergers, and other regulatory matters. While at White & Case she served as chair of its renewable energy task force and co-chair of the DC Office’s Women’s Initiative. Previously, Professor Attanasio was with the firms of Dewey Ballantine LLP (1993-2006) and Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan (1998-1992). Prior to law school, she supervised load management programs and worked on conservation and customer service projects at Potomac Electric Power Company.
Professor Attanasio is a former President of the Energy Bar Association (EBA) and has held numerous other leadership positions within the EBA and its foundations, the Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association and the Foundation of the Energy Law Journal. She presently chairs the EBA’s ad hoc committee on Energy Law Education. She has been recognized as a leading practitioner in the field of electric energy regulatory law by Chambers U.S.A., Chambers Global, Best Lawyers, Legal 500 and Super Lawyer and for customer service by BTI All Stars. In 2013, she was awarded Euromoney LMG Americas Women in Business Law Award for Energy, Natural Resources and Mining. She holds a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor’s degree from Smith College.