David R. Hill

David R. Hill is a partner and co-head of Sidley Austin LLP’s global energy practice. He joined Sidley in April 2009 after having served as general counsel of the U.S. Department of Energy from August 2005 to January 2009 and was DOE’s deputy general counsel for energy policy from March 2002 to August 2005. While at DOE, he provided advice and counsel to the secretary of energy and other senior officials on legal and policy matters in the DOE’s four major mission areas – energy, environmental management, science and national security. His work involved DOE and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rulemakings, development and amendment of federal energy and environmental laws, litigation matters, procurements and financial assistance agreements, and development of energy and environmental policy.

Hill has experience with many of the nation’s principal energy and environmental laws, and the regulations implementing those laws, including the Federal Power Act, the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, the Clean Air Act, the Natural Gas Act, the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

Hill is a member of the American Bar Association and the Energy Bar Association. He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Public Policy Institute. Mr Hill received his J.D. (cum laude, order of the coif) from Northwestern University School of Law in 1988 and his B..S (magna cum laude) from the University of Missouri in 1985. He is admitted in the District of Columbia, Missouri and Virginia.


  • Member, ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
  • Partner, Sidley Austin LLP