Jonathan W.


With more than 25 years of experience—in federal government, private practice and as corporate counsel for a large international power developer—Jonathan Gottlieb advises energy and utility clients in the development, construction, financing, acquisition, divestiture and operation of energy generation, transmission and processing facilities across the United States and in more than 17 countries.

In this capacity, Jonathan represents a wide array of energy companies, including electric and natural gas utilities, independent power producers and developers, utility subsidiaries, midstream oil and gas companies, independent transmission companies, engineering and construction companies, and equipment vendors in connection with complex transactional, construction and regulatory matters involving natural gas, biomass, biofuels, electric power, energy product transmission lines and pipelines, and high voltage transmission lines.

He also has substantial experience counseling clients with multimillion-dollar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts, and in the use of diverse fuel types, including biomass, coal, wind, solar, hydroelectric and emerging energy storage technologies. Throughout his career, Jonathan has advised on more than two billion gallons of ethanol and biodiesel plant capacity.

Jonathan’s in-depth knowledge of these topics—particularly in new regulatory developments and the financing and developing of energy projects—allows him to effectively advocate on behalf of his clients and has made him an internationally recognized author.

Jonathan has served as corporate counsel for three prominent organizations. Prior to entering private practice, Jonathan was an attorney advisor in the oil and gas litigation branch of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Awards and Rankings

Selected for inclusion in Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers® (2013-2015)

Recipient, Burton Award for Legal Achievement (2003)

Selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in America

  • J.D., New York Law School
  • B.A., with honors, DePaul University
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Ninth and District of Columbia Circuits

Our Story

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is an international law firm helping the Fortune 100, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. Dedicated to unfaltering excellence in client service, we are known for our business savvy and industry intelligence, providing creative and custom solutions for each of our clients. Industry and business experience makes the difference for our clients.

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