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Jeffrey Holmstead

Partner
Bracewell & Giuliani

Jeffrey Holmstead

Jeff Holmstead is the former Assistant Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for Air and Radiation, and is one of the nation's leading air-quality lawyers. He heads the Environmental Strategies Group (ESG) at Bracewell & Giuliani in Washington, DC. He advises clients dealing with an increasingly complex regulatory, legal and public relations landscape, drawing on his experience in policy development, administrative and legislative advocacy, litigation and strategic communications. He has worked with clients in a number of industries on issues related to climate change, Clean Air Act policy and enforcement, and energy policy — including the development of new coal-fired power plants, refineries, renewable energy sources, and electric transmission infrastructure. Mr. Holmstead headed EPA's Office of Air and Radiation from 2001 – 2005. He was the architect of several of the agency’s most important initiatives, including the Clean Air Interstate Rule, the Clean Air Diesel Rule, the Mercury Rule for power plants and changes to the New Source Review program. He also oversaw the development of the Bush Administration’s Clear Skies Legislation and key parts of its Global Climate Change Initiative. Prior to his appointment at EPA, Mr. Holmstead was a partner in the Environmental Group of Latham & Watkins, which he joined in 1993.  Between 1989 and 1993, Mr. Holmstead served on the White House Staff as Associate Counsel to former President George H.W. Bush.  In that capacity, he was involved in the passage of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 and the key steps taken to implement those amendments.