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Charles A. Patrizia

Partner, Litigation Department


Charles Patrizia is a partner in the Litigation practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He has 30 years of experience in environmental and energy law, including federal regulatory and permitting requirements, and state regulatory and permitting requirements. He has an active litigation and counseling practice involving environmental, energy, project development, and permitting, as well as other commercial matters and government contracts. He represents clients in a range of international and national transactions involving energy, the environment, chemical and hazardous substances, and biotechnology.

Since joining the firm in 1985, Mr. Patrizia has represented clients on permitting, enforcement, regulatory, and legislative issues under the Federal Power Act, Public Utility Holding Company Act, Natural Gas Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Superfund, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. 

He regularly advises clients on liability and related issues in enforcement proceedings and as part of business transactions; he leads the firm practice in relation to the interplay between projects and federal review requirements, including the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, and the National Historic Preservation Act. Mr. Patrizia has been the partner responsible for leading permitting and related development efforts for major greenfield and brownfield projects, working closely with client and Paul Hastings teams in the negotiation and organization of sites, contracting issues, bond financing (including industrial development and pollution control bonds), state and local incentives, and permitting.


  • Yale Law School, J.D., 1975
  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, A.B., 1972



    Engagement & Publications

    • Author, "The Effects of the Supreme Court’s Lucia v. SEC Decision across Administrative Agencies," Infrastructure, Vol. 57, No. 4, at 3 (Summer 2018)
    • Coauthor, "Regulatory Conflicts Facing Electric Utilities under the Clean Air Act," The Electricity Journal (March 1992)
    • Co-Author, "Can the Arkansas-Entergy-New Orleans Regional Planning Body Pass Muster?" The Electricity Journal (January/February 1992).
    • Author, "Parker v. Brown, a Preemption Analysis," Yale Law Journal (1975)
    • Lectured extensively on a variety of environmental and utility matters


    • Member, the Council of the American Bar Association Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law
    • Member, ABA Standing Committee on Environmental Law
    • Member, the Section on Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law
    • Instructor in trial advocacy tactics at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy

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