Ben Snowden is a clean energy and environmental lawyer. His energy practice focuses on representing companies developing or acquiring energy projects, in particular PURPA qualifying facilities. He has helped these companies to negotiate power purchase agreements with utilities and other offtakers, address interconnection issues, and resolve regulatory disputes before state utilities commissions and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Mr. Snowden also advises clients in the energy and manufacturing sectors on environmental permitting, compliance, and enforcement matters, with a particular emphasis on the Clean Air Act and related state programs. His enforcement experience includes internal investigations, agency information requests, and enforcement defense before state agencies and in federal court. He has also represented clients in environmental litigation in federal and state courts, including products liability, contaminated site, citizen suit, and natural resource damage cases.

Mr. Snowden has published widely on energy and environmental topics including EPA enforcement policy, greenhouse gas regulation, and toxic tort litigation. He co-authored chapters on civil enforcement and the regulation of hazardous air pollutants in the 2011 and 2016 editions of the ABA’s Clean Air Act Handbook.

Mr. Snowden was recognized as a 2013, 2014 and 2015 Washington, D.C. “Rising Star” in the area of Environmental Law by Super Lawyers magazine. Mr. Snowden was a 2007 recipient of the Southern Center for Human Rights’ Frederick Douglass Human Rights Award for his pro bono representation of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Committee, Chair (2014-Present)

American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, Air Quality Committee, Vice-Chair (2012-2013)

Montgomery County, Maryland Energy and Air Quality Advisory Council, Co-Chair (2013-2014)

District of Columbia Bar, Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Section, Chair of Standing Committee on Sustainability (2013-Present)


  • New York University School of Law, J.D. (2004)
    cum laude
    Developments Editor, NYU Environmental Law Journal
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A. (1997)
    cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina (2017)
  • District of Columbia (2010)
  • Georgia (2006)
  • Virginia (2004)


  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims


  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia — Paul L. Friedman

Who We Are

Suite 1400, 4208 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC, 27609
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f +1 919.510.6151
Suite 900, 607 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC, 20005-2018
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Benjamin L. Snowden

Experience Highlights

Testimony on solar regulatory issues before South Carolina Public Service Commission
On behalf of Solar power industry association, provided testimony on legal issues related to PURPA and solar development in allowable ex parte more
Successful settlement of contract dispute for manufacturer
Obtained favorable settlement in a contract dispute between client, a paper manufacturer and producer of biomass RECs, and an agent retained by more
PURPA dispute between solar developer and electric utility
Successfully represented solar developer in litigation with electric utility concerning the utility’s obligation under PURPA to purchase energy from more
Power plant environmental permitting and compliance issues
Represent developer of new 500 MW natural gas-fired power plant in environmental permitting and compliance issues related to project development, more