Our nuclear energy team has extensive experience across both the DOE and the NRC complex. Our attorneys are experienced supporting both commercial nuclear and government contractor nuclear clients—whether owner, operator, prime contractor or sub-to-prime contractor. This experience includes counsel and representation of nuclear industry clients involved in the management, operation, construction, fabrication, waste mitigation and decommissioning of DOE and NRC regulated facilities.
We are experienced in NRC construction certified new-build projects in the United States with matters involving new reactors, fuel fabrication site-design and more. In these projects, our team has represented owners as well as principal contractors.
We have also been involved in the administration and bidding of DOE national lab M&O contracts representing both prospective and incumbent bidders. Importantly, we are well versed at navigating the administration and resolution of issues that arise in the execution or formation of joint venture/consortium agreements, teaming arrangements or other risk-sharing mechanisms prevalent in the nuclear industry. This includes both the formation and administration of agreements, as well as disputes arising from sub-prime contracts, JV dissolutions and key employee poaching.
Recognizing that the regulatory overlay applied to the construction and operation of a nuclear facility also extends to the decommissioning of a nuclear facility—the FBT nuclear energy team is well-versed in this growing area of nuclear practice as well. This experience includes representing an international nuclear technology company and joint venture actively seeking to increase its decommissioning presence and providing legal support for active commercial nuclear decommissioning projects.
Investigations and Defense Matters
In large part due to our attorneys’ experience as in-house counsel and DOJ prosecutors, we have extensive experience conducting timely, accurate, complete and efficient internal investigations across the compliance/risk spectrum, which includes false claims acts, DOE Part 708, whistleblower, anti-kickback, inspector general and department of justice lead inquiries, NRC investigations and NRC Part 21 disclosures.
Contract Compliance and Administration
Our team has experience supporting the entire scope of commercial and government contract compliance and administration. We are highly experienced in both upstream and downstream contract administration and compliance. Our attorneys have worked with clients to prepare and install full-spectrum contract compliance programs (i.e., codes of conduct, training, certifications), as well as working with clients to resolve highly specialized and case specific compliance solutions.