Duane Morris has added Albert Carr Jr., the former deputy general counsel of Duke Energy Corp., to its energy, environment and resources practice in Washington. Carr joined the firm on Tuesday as of counsel.
Carr's practice will focus on nuclear energy and nuclear licensing, representing utilities or groups of utilities in obtaining licenses to construct and operate nuclear plants. He will be working with construction companies and other vendors to help ensure they meet the requirements to be permitted to build nuclear facilities. Carr will also represent clients in regulatory matters before federal agencies and advises on issues involving Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Securities and Exchange Commission regulation, industry developments on FERC requirements and Public Utility Holding Company Act matters.
Carr began his career as a trial attorney in the general counsel’s office of the Federal Power Commission, the agency that preceded FERC. He later joined the regulatory division of the Office of the General Counsel of the Atomic Energy Commission as a trial attorney. That commission later became the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Carr joined Charlotte, N.C.-based Duke Energy in 1981 and spent 17 years with the company. In that role, he oversaw corporate legal matters and worked with senior management, federal and state regulators, management and staff of industry organizations and members of Congress and their staff on a range of issues.
Carr has spent the last 10 years as a professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law.
Carr said he opted to go join Duane Morris because “it’s a very interesting time to be a nuclear regulatory attorney” and the firm offered the chance to work with clients in a changing regulatory landscape.
“There is a real resurgence in the applications to construct and operate nuclear power facilities. People are beginning to realize that nuclear energy will be an important part of the nation’s energy plan going forward,” Carr said. “It’s a very exciting opportunity.”