Nidhi Thakar represents power marketers, independent power producers, electric and gas utilities, hydroelectric licensees and related interests, onshore and offshore oil and gas producers and other electric and gas industry participants. In addition to advising these clients on compliance and enforcement issues, she represents them in contested and uncontested regulatory proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Department of Interior, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), as well as before state commissions and in federal courts.
Nidhi counsels clients on a wide variety of other energy matters. These include wholesale electric and natural gas proceedings, Independent System Operator rules, complaints, rulemakings, regulatory compliance, enforcement matters and hydroelectric relicensing. She has experience in the permitting of onshore and offshore renewable energy projects.
Additionally, Nidhi provides advice about federal environmental laws and regulations, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA) and Greenhouse Gas reporting rules. She is also involved in the firm's Federal Grants & Loans practice and advises clients on obtaining federal assistance for renewable energy projects and clean technologies. She has experience with funding opportunities provided through DOE and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Nidhi counsels clients regarding pending rulemakings and proposals under the Dodd-Frank Act before the CFTC. She also has extensive experience in handling Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with both Federal and State agencies, and has litigated FOIA suits.
Prior to private practice, Nidhi spent two and a half years as a legislative aide to The Hon. Democratic Congresswoman Shelley Berkley from Nevada. In that position Nidhi worked on issues regarding energy, the environment, public lands, water and appropriations. Through her experience on Capitol Hill, she gained an understanding of the political process in Washington, D.C., which is a valuable addition to her practice.
- Energy Bar Association, Young Lawyers Committee, 2010 - present; Program Committee, 2011 - 2012; Legislative Committee, 2011 - 2012; Electricity Regulation Committee, 2012 - present; Renewable Energy Committee, 2012 - present
- Women's Energy Network, D.C. Chapter, Events Committee Member, 2012 - 2013; Vice President, 2014
- Women's Council on Energy and the Environment, D.C. Chapter, 2011 - present
- Center for American Politics & Citizenship, Advisory Board Member, 2011 - present
- South Asian Bar Association, Washington, D.C. Chapter, 2009 - present
- Perkins Coie LLP, Law Clerk, Washington, D.C., 2007 - 2008
- Department of Justice, Division of Environmental and Natural Resources, Environmental Enforcement, Washington, D.C., Law Clerk, 2007
- Miller, Balis & O’Neil, P.C., Washington, D.C., Summer Associate, 2007
- Perkins Coie LLP, Portland, OR, Research Assistant, 2006 - 2007
- Meyer, Glitzenstein & Crystal, Washington, D.C., Summer Associate, 2006
- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission – Office of the General Counsel, Washington, D.C., Law Clerk, Summer 2006
- The Hon. Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-NV), Washington, D.C., Legislative Aide, 2003 - 2005
- Center for American Politics & Citizenship, University of Maryland College Park, Research Assistant, 2001 - 2003
- Lewis & Clark Law School, J.D., Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, 2008
Lewis & Clark Law Review
- University of Maryland, B.A., Government and Politics, 2003
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia