Jane Accomando represents nuclear electric utilities in civil litigation matters and government and internal investigations. She also provides nuclear regulatory and licensing advice to advanced reactor startups, as well as to domestic and international nuclear companies with operating power reactors, carbon-free sources of energy. She has both a B.S. and M.S. in nuclear engineering and brings her in-depth technical knowledge to bear in representing nuclear industry clients.
Jane represents nuclear industry clients in connection with investigations conducted by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) Office of Investigations and in NRC Early ADR proceedings. She leads confidential internal investigations into allegations of wrongdoing related to nuclear safety, including investigations into allegations referred to licensees by the NRC. Jane also represents clients in connection with Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigations into alleged retaliation against employees for raising nuclear safety concerns, and before the US Department of Labor in nuclear whistleblower proceedings. She conducts safety culture assessments, and provides guidance and training to supervisors and managers on detecting and preventing retaliation.
Much of Jane’s practice relates to multimillion-dollar claims against the federal government regarding the government’s obligation to accept and dispose of spent nuclear fuel. Together with the rest of the experienced Morgan Lewis spent fuel team, she represents clients in connection with both litigated cases before the US. Court of Federal Claims and annual spent fuel settlement submissions. Jane has advised clients in connection with more than 60 spent fuel damages claims over the course of a decade.
As a member of the Nuclear Energy Institute’s Advanced Reactor Regulatory and Part 53 Taskforces, Jane closely tracks regulatory developments related to advanced reactors.
Yale Law School, 2008, J.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005, M.S.
Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2003, B.S.
District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Clerkship to Judge Duane Benton of the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (Fall 2008 - Summer 2009)
Awards and Affiliations
Rising Star, Law360 (2020)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Energy, Law360 (2016, 2019)
Recommended, Industry focus: Energy regulation: conventional power, The Legal 500 US (2019–2021)
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)
Former Co-chair, Nuclear Law Committee, American Bar Association
Member, Women in Nuclear
Former Development Editor, Yale Journal of Law and Technology
Recipient, Missouri University of Science and Technology Distinguished Young Alumni Award