Grant W. Eskelsen counsels the nuclear industry on transactional and regulatory approvals. He routinely counsels clients on compliance with nuclear-export related matters, including 10 CFR Part 810 and 10 CFR Part 110. Grant has advised clients in the nuclear industry on structuring transactions to comply with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Agreement State regulations, including helping obtain consent for transactions. He supports clients in claims against the government for its ongoing failure to accept spent fuel from utilities. Grant also advises clients on planning for and conducting decommissioning.
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Grant clerked at the United States Court of Federal Claims. At the Court of Federal Claims, he was responsible for advising three judges on complex civil litigation, including takings cases brought under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, tax refund suits, government contracts under the FAR and other regulations, and bid protests.
Represented a utility in asset sale of commercial nuclear reactor, including $800M+ trust fund, for purposes of accelerated decommissioning
Represented multiple US utilities and other companies with NRC or Agreement state licenses in obtaining NRC or Agreement State consent for corporate restructurings involving direct and indirect transfers of control
Conducted internal audits and investigations into compliance with nuclear export control regulations for power reactors, non-reactor materials licenses, and medical isotope companies
Wake Forest University School of Law, 2011, J.D.
Williams College, 2005, B.A.
District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Clerkships to Judges Mary Ellen Coster Williams, Thomas C. Wheeler, and Margaret M. Sweeney of the US Court of Federal Claims (2011 - 2014)
Awards and Affiliations
Recognized, “Ones to Watch,” Energy Law, Washington, The Best Lawyers in America (2022)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Energy, Law360 (2016, 2019)
Recommended, Industry focus: Energy regulation: conventional power, The Legal 500 US (2019)
Member, Law Firm of the Year, Energy/Projects: Power (including Renewables), Chambers USA (2018)
Member, Energy Law Firm of the Year, US News & World Report/Best Lawyers (2015)