Sidley Austin picked up David Hill, former general counsel for the U.S. Department of Energy, to co-head the firm’s global energy practice. Hill joins the firm as a partner.
Hill served as the DOE’s general counsel and regulatory reform officer from Aug. 2005 to Jan. 2009.
Hill was one of the principal authors of the regulations and solicitations for the multi-billion dollar Loan Guarantee Program for innovative energy projects and played a significant role in the DOE’s analysis of the loan and grant programs established by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. He also had a key role in many of DOE’s nuclear programs, including the development of regulations for the program to provide risk insurance for new nuclear power plants.
At Sidley, Hill will join the firm’s global energy team, which includes Roger Martella, who served as general counsel to the Environmental Protection Agency from 2006 to 2008 before rejoining Sidley in July 2008.
“Very few energy lawyers have the experience and have earned the respect that David has,” Carter Phillips, managing partner of Sidley’s Washington, D.C. Office, said in a statement. “For the past seven years, he has been at the forefront of the major legal and policy discussions involving energy, environment, climate change, clean tech, resource development and financing sustainable and renewable resources from both domestic and global perspectives.”