Warren Belmar currently serves as Managing Director of Capitol Counsel Group, LLC (CCG), a firm whose primary mission is to help clients navigate the complex world of federal programs at the Departments of Energy and Agriculture that provide financial assistance to companies using new or innovative technologies to solve critical environmental and energy supply concerns. To complement CCG’s mission, Belmar devotes a significant amount of his time engaging in public service as Chairman of the Board of the Clean Economy Network Education Fund, and as Chair of the Federal Clean Energy Finance Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.
Prior to rejoining CCG in 2009, Belmar served for almost three years as the Deputy General Counsel for Energy Policy of the U.S. Department of Energy. In that position Warren was responsible for coordinating the activities and functions assigned to the Assistant General Counsel for Legislation and Regulatory Law, the Assistant General Counsel for Fossil Energy and Energy Efficiency, the Assistant General Counsel for Regulatory Interventions and Power Marketing, and the Assistant General Counsel for General Law. In that role, Belmar acted as principal legal advisor, on behalf of the General Counsel, to the Secretary and senior DOE officials with respect to, among other things, development and regulatory implementation of the Department’s Loan Guarantee Program for Innovative Technologies and its Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Loan Program, resolving issues arising in the operation of the Department’s energy efficiency, alternative fuels, and renewable energy programs, including associated research and development grant programs, and the Department’s efforts to address electric transmission congestion matters and to facilitate the construction of wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and other renewable energy sources for electric power generation.
Prior to his public service at DOE, Belmar’s career had been spent in private practice in Washington, D.C., primarily with the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. There, he spent 22 years as a partner dealing with energy and financial services matters by providing counsel to clients in the energy and financial services sectors, representing clients in litigation in the Federal courts and before various federal and state departments and agencies, and before the U. S. Congress.
Belmar received his bachelor’s degree with honors from Brooklyn College in 1963, and his law degree with honors from Columbia Law School in 1966. Early in his career, he served as Court Law Clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and as an attorney with the Office of Legal Counsel of the U. S. Department of Justice. In addition to membership in the Bars of the District of Columbia and of the State of New York, Belmar is a former Chair of the Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section of the American Bar Association, a former Chair of the Judicial Review Committee of the Administrative Conference of the United States, a former Senior Counsel at the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, and a Life Member of American Law Institute.