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Richard Lehfeldt

Phone: +1 202.624.2882
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Richard Lehfeldt is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm's Energy Group.

Richard’s clients typically call on him when they have hit a regulatory or commercial roadblock, a frequent occurrence in today’s fast-paced, consumer-focused energy industry. As electric power generators, users, plant developers, operators, and owners increasingly find themselves operating businesses in a regulatory landscape that is framed by outdated rules or ambiguities, Richard works with them to move their projects forward. He is particularly adept in creating "first of a kind" frameworks for energy infrastructure projects.

Infrastructure Development

As the energy industry has evolved, Richard has helped clients achieve their goals related to microgrids, federal and state demand response programs, and renewable power. He advises clients who want to build or buy renewable power sources to complete transactions under existing federal and state laws and energy policies. He supports state-level environmental permitting and compliance for renewable power resources, natural gas power plants and microgrids through extensive, cutting-edge work with state regulators. When clients encounter regulatory obstacles in achieving their goals, Richard helps them to pursue the most effective path, whether that means presenting regulators with innovative proposals, considering legislative options, or pursuing litigation or arbitration when necessary. Richard is also engaged in the digital transformation of the electric power sector, which is beginning to replace traditional models for how energy is used and purchased. 

Federal Appliance Standards

Richard also has an active and extensive practice with regard to federal appliance standards and related state energy efficiency laws. He was the lead majority counsel for the House of Representatives in drafting and enacting the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), and he continues to actively counsel appliance manufacturers and importers on compliance and enforcement issues, litigation, rulemaking and policy developments with regard to the EPCA law. 

Corporate & Government Experience

Prior to private practice, Richard was Senior Vice President, External Affairs for TECO Energy, Inc., of Tampa, Florida, and was responsible for the company’s utility and non-utility regulatory, legislative, and corporate communications initiatives, including a proposed restructuring of Florida's electric power sector, and activities in support of a landmark environmental settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection to dramatically reduce air emissions at its power plants.

Prior to joining TECO Energy, Richard was Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, and Chief Legal Officer, North America for Edison Mission Energy (an Edison International company) from 1990 through 1999, responsible for the company’s power projects throughout the United States, and for founding and leading the company’s Washington, D.C. office.

From 1985 through 1990, Richard was majority counsel to the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, serving as lead counsel on all matters pertaining to the federal regulation of the electric power industry, drafting and enacting federal appliance standards legislation, and supporting enactment of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.

Recognitions and Interests

Since 2014 Richard has been recognized as a leading attorney by Chambers USA. Clients quoted in Chambers USA have noted Richard’s "expert technical knowledge and professional demeanor," and the fact that he is "continually thinking of new approaches and different ways of looking at issues."

Outside of the office, Richard spends his free time as a keyboard player in several D.C.-area bands. A former professional musician, he once played with Carly Simon and Rory Block.


  • University of Michigan, B.A. (1972) Phi Beta Kappa
  • Harvard Law School, J.D. (1982) cum laude
  • Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, M.P.P. (1982)


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia

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"NERC Issues “Lesson Learned” From a Cyberattack on an Electricity Control Center," Energy Law Alert (September 13, 2019). Contacts: Deborah A. Carpentier, Richard Lehfeldt, Evan D. Wolff, Maida Oringher Lerner, Matthew B. Welling
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Manufacturers Beware: Your Battery Chargers May Be Regulated By DOE," Energy Law Alert (July 15, 2019). Contacts: Richard Lehfeldt, Matthew B. Welling, Tyler A. O'Connor
Client Alert / Newsletter
Chambers USA 2019 Ranks 53 Crowell & Moring Lawyers and 21 Practice Areas Among Best in U.S. (Apr.29.2019)
Firm News / Announcement
"Refreshed Efficiency Regulations May Impact Appliance Cos.," Law360 (March 15, 2019). Authors: Richard Lehfeldt, Matthew B. Welling and Tyler A. O'Connor.
"PODCAST: Announcing Crowell & Moring’s Regulatory Forecast 2019," Regulatory Alert (February 28, 2019). Contacts: Daniel W. Wolff, Richard Lehfeldt
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Regulatory Forecast 2019: What Corporate Counsel Need to Know for the Coming Year," a Crowell & Moring LLP publication (February 27, 2019). Editors: Daniel W. Wolff and Richard Lehfeldt.
"EPCA Compliance: What Appliance Manufacturers (and Importers) Need to Know," Crowell & Moring's Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer (February 21, 2019). Authors: Richard Lehfeldt, Matthew B. Welling and Tyler A. O'Connor.
"How Long Does FERC Have to Assess Civil Penalties in an Enforcement Proceeding? A Long Time, Says a New Federal District Court Ruling," Energy Law Alert (January 10, 2019). Contacts: Richard Lehfeldt, Patricia M. Alexander
Client Alert / Newsletter
"If the President Can’t Tell an ALJ "You’re Fired," Must the ALJ be Retired?," Administrative Law Alert (January 3, 2019). Contacts: Daniel W. Wolff, Richard Lehfeldt
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Department of Energy Issues Third Request for Information on Proposed Changes to its Appliance Standards Program," Energy Law Alert (October 30, 2018). Contacts: Richard Lehfeldt, Matthew B. Welling, Tyler A. O'Connor
Client Alert / Newsletter

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