Foley Adds Prominent Litigator Roy Lessy in Washington, D.C.

06 October 2011 Media Contact: Jill Chanen News

Former Nuclear Regulatory Commission Counsel Brings Extensive Antitrust and Energy Experience.

Foley announced today that Roy P. Lessy, Jr. has joined the firm’s Antitrust Practice Group and Energy Industry Team as a partner in its Washington, D.C. office. Previously, Lessy was a partner at Patton Boggs LLP.

Focusing on complex antitrust litigation, Lessy provides legal counsel and litigates on behalf of regulated and non-regulated industries, including companies in the energy, technology, health care, transportation and industrial sectors. He has served as counsel in a number of high-profile antitrust cases, handling matters involving price-fixing, the extra-territorial effect of U.S. antitrust laws and the application of U.S. v. Otter Tail Power Co. Lessy has also acted as counsel for numerous successful mergers and acquisitions, including those requiring Hart-Scott-Rodino filings. Additionally, he has successfully defended companies in a number of Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission antitrust investigations.

“Roy brings a unique combination of experience that will further strengthen our energy and antitrust litigation capabilities,” said Michael J. Tuteur, chair of the firm's Litigation Department. “His wealth of knowledge will be of immediate value to our clients who are facing complex competition issues, especially given the Obama administration’s effort to strengthen antitrust enforcement.”

Earlier in his career, Lessy served as both the Deputy Chief Hearing Counsel and Senior Antitrust Counsel of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). In these roles, Lessy was at the forefront of matters involving nearly half of all licensed nuclear reactors in the United States. Additionally, he regularly worked with decision-makers in the executive and legislative branches on proposed statutory developments and related issues.

“Foley provides the ideal platform for me to grow my litigation practice in D.C., as well as nationally,” said Lessy. “I look forward to working with my new Foley colleagues to expand our services to clients involved in a wide range of complex litigation matters.”

Based on his experience with the NRC, Lessy advises domestic and international clients on myriad energy issues, including nuclear energy, antitrust matters, electric utilities, environmental and land use issues, project and infrastructure development, and global security matters.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Roy to our growing team of attorneys in the D.C. office,” said Scott L. Fredericksen, managing partner of Foley’s Washington, D.C. office. “Our clients will benefit from having access to the depth of his practice and the unique experience he brings from his NRC tenure.”

Lessy is a member of the Lawyer Steering Committee for the Nuclear Energy Institute and the American Bar Association’s Public Utility and Antitrust Sections.  Martindale-Hubbell has recognized him as an AV rated attorney in both Energy and Antitrust, the highest such rating available to any individual attorney.

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