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Seth's practice focuses on trade association management and domestic and international regulatory and government affairs. He has extensive experience in founding, organizing and operating trade associations that represent a number of billion dollar industries. Splitting his time between the US and Europe for nearly a decade, Seth has established long standing relationships with policy makers, stakeholders and thought leaders within the complex governmental and regulatory frameworks at the state and federal level in the US, and at the European Union and member-state levels in Europe. Seth understands US and European government institutions and how they operate, and clients continuously rely on Seth’s strategic and tactical advice to help solve their problems within the US and European theaters of policy and government.

Seth specializes in organizing industries to help them meet their regulatory, legal, government affairs and business objectives. Representative engagements include legal and advocacy work surrounding the passage and implementation of the Renewable Energy Directives I and II at the EU level (including designing and implementing strategies for engagement and advocacy with the European Commission, European Council and European Parliament) and implementation of member state level regulation in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark and Belgium (including working closely with policy makers and regulators within each member state to ensure that US based products are compliant with EU and member state regulation). Seth has also lead various industry efforts to help assist clients in clearing competition approvals within the EU. Additionally, Seth has extensive experience in advising US based clients on market penetration and development within the EU and its member states. He also has extensive experience in designing, managing and executing public affairs and communications strategies at the local, state and federal level in the US.

As a practicing attorney, Seth brings a unique skill set to the table that enables his clients to navigate the various legal, political and policy issues that often intersect in the US business and international trade arenas.

Seth holds an undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech, a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Richmond School of Law and is a Fellow of the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. He is a former Senior Assistant Attorney General and Section Chief of Commerce and Financial Law for the Commonwealth of Virginia and is currently a shareholder with Hirschler, a US based law firm.

Recognition

Selected for inclusion as a “Super Lawyer,” Government Relations, Virginia Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2014, 2015 and 2017-2019

Named to “Legal Elite, Legislative, Administrative and Regulatory Law, Virginia Business, 2007-2011, 2013-2014, 2017; Business Law, 2016 and 2018

Selected for inclusion as a “Rising Star” by Virginia Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2011

Inside Business Top 40 Under 40, 2002

  • Virginia Legal Elite

Experience

Experience

Counsel to leading global energy and infrastructure company in the development of numerous “greenfield” manufacturing facility projects. Projects total $500 million in assets deployed or in the pipeline.

Counsel to, and Executive Director of, the U.S. Industrial Pellet Association representing the industrial wood pellet industry in supply chain infrastructure issues including policy advocacy at the European Union Parliament in Brussels and the United Kingdom Parliament in London.  Work also includes issues surrounding the standardization of trading contracts, quality specifications and sustainability criteria.

Counsel to numerous energy and infrastructure companies in negotiation and drafting of long term fuel supply agreements with European utilities.

Counsel to a number of landfill gas-to-energy developers. Representation has included negotiating and drafting power purchase agreements, project finance and structuring various forms or capital related to the transactions, as well as general counsel related to various corporate matters.

Counsel to an international wood pellet manufacturer in a substantial recapitalization of its business by an international alternative energy private equity fund and multiple subsequent mergers and acquisitions of strategic targets in the industry.

Counsel to an international combined heat and power biomass developer relating to drafting and negotiation of energy supply agreement and in recapitalization of its business.

Counsel to numerous renewable energy companies relating to legislative initiatives including drafting, negotiating and successfully lobbying the passage of various new laws relating to renewable energy including a real and personal property tax exemption for “renewable energy” projects in Virginia.

Counsel to numerous renewable energy companies relating to multi-state economic development incentives including successfully negotiating the award of multiple multi-million dollar grants for projects.

Counsel to the Virginia Retirement System, Virginia’s state run pension fund with over $75 billion under management.

Counsel to Virginia College Savings Plan, the country’s largest 529 plan with over $22 billion in assets under management.

Counsel to Virginia Small Business Financing Authority, Virginia’s economic development financing arm providing debt financing to businesses in Virginia – representation included due diligence, advice and counsel on approval of financings.

Counsel to an Internet-based investor information company in a public offering and listing on the London Stock Exchange valued at over $100 million.

Counsel to a privately-held event management and ticketing company when it was acquired by a NASDAQ listed entertainment and travel conglomerate in a $23 million stock swap structured as a tax-free transaction.

Counsel to a pari-mutuel thoroughbred and standardbred racetrack in a ‘going private’ merger.

Counsel to numerous corporations, limited partnerships, and limited liability companies in private placement offerings of securities, including Section 4(2) and Reg D Rule 506 sales.

Perspectives

News

Community

Community

Professional Affiliations

Virginia Bar Association

American Bar Association

Business and Civic Organizations

Virginia Alternative and Renewable Energy Association, Board of Directors

Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia, Fellow

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee, U.S. Department of Commerce, Appointed Member

Leadership Metro Richmond, 2009-2010

University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law, J.D.

  • Editor-in-Chief of the Richmond Journal of Law and Public Interest

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.A.

  • Virginia
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