Donna Attanasio

Donna Attanasio
Director, Energy Law; Professorial Lecturer in Law
The George Washington University Law School
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
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Donna Attanasio joined the George Washington University Law School staff in July 2013. She leads the school’s Energy Law Program and its Sustainable Energy Initiative. She works in close collaboration with the Director for Environmental Law on energy-related aspects of the law school’s environmental and energy law program and with other GW Law schools on sustainability research. Her primary areas of research and writing relate to the electric utility industry and its transition to a more sustainable fuel mix.

From November 2006 until May 2013, she was a partner at White & Case LLP, in its Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance practice (Energy Markets and Regulatory Group). While at White & Case she served as chair of its renewable energy task force and co-chair of the DC Office’s Women’s Initiative. Previously she was with the firms of Dewey Ballantine LLP (1993-2006) and Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan (1988-1992). The primary focus of her practice was power purchase contract negotiations, advising clients on the regulatory aspects of financings and mergers, and regulatory matters. Her clients included utilities, non-utility generators, power purchasers, and electric sector lenders and equity investors. Prior to law school, she supervised load management programs and worked on conservation and customer service projects at Potomac Electric Power Company.

Ms. Attanasio is a former President of the Energy Bar Association (EBA), and has also served on the boards of EBA and its affiliated organizations, the Foundation of the Energy Law Journal and the Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association, as co-chair of its Program Committee and, by appointment, to EBA’s three-person Nominations Committee. She also chaired EBA’s ad hoc committee on energy law education (2014-2015) and the DC Bar's Nominations Committee (2021-2022). She has been recognized as a leading practitioner in the field of electric energy regulatory law by Chambers U.S.A., Chambers Global, Best Lawyers, Legal 500 and Super Lawyer and for customer service by BTI All Stars. In 2013, she received the Euromoney LMG Americas Women in Business Law Award for the category of Energy, Natural Resources and Mining and has been selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Legal-Energy.


AB, Smith College; JD, Harvard Law School