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Scott D. Clausen represents and advises clients in litigation, transactional, and regulatory matters before the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Department of Labor (DOL), and other state and federal agencies. Scott regularly counsels clients on whistleblower claims and investigations by the NRC’s Office of Investigations (OI), and issues associated with obtaining, amending, renewing, transferring, and terminating licenses for nuclear reactors and materials. He also advises utilities on state regulatory matters and counsels companies that are developing and deploying low or zero carbon technologies as part of their sustainability and decarbonization strategies.
Scott advises clients on NRC and agreement state license issues, including nuclear reactor, source material, and byproduct material licensees. He also advises licensees on license transfers, amendments, decommissioning, and termination. He has helped nuclear reactor, source material, and byproduct material licensees navigate the decommissioning and license termination process including sites that are on the National Priorities List (Superfund).
Scott represents clients before the NRC, DOL, and Department of Energy in whistleblower litigation and government investigations into alleged retaliation, regulatory violations, and other alleged wrongdoing. He counsels clients on Safety Conscious Work Environment issues, Part 21 compliance, and avoiding inadvertent license transfers.
Scott is well-versed in the developing landscape around new energy sources, including renewable energy, energy storage, green hydrogen, and new nuclear technologies. He works with clients to analyze their business and sustainability goals as they consider how climate change may impact their businesses.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Scott worked on energy policy, sustainability, and climate change at the American Council on Renewable Energy and was a senior litigation associate at a leading maritime and insurance law firm in New York.
A US nuclear reactor owner in an investigation alleging retaliation under Section 211 of the Energy Reorganization Act
The operator of a national laboratory in a claim alleging retaliation under the DOE’s Contractor Employee Protection Program (10 CFR Part 708)
US nuclear utilities and material licensees in obtaining NRC approval for transfers of reactor and material licenses
A reactor owner in an internal audit for compliance with 10 CFR § 50.80 and that an inadvertent license transfer had not occurred
A US nuclear reactor owner in an investigation conducted by the NRC’s Office of Investigations
A US nuclear supplier in an investigation for noncompliance under 10 CFR Part 21
The owner in the negotiation of an engineering, procurement, and construction agreement for the construction of a co-generation plant at the owner’s manufacturing facility
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Energy, Law360 (2016, 2019)
Member, Law Firm of the Year, Energy/Projects: Power (including Renewables), Chambers USA (2018)
District of Columbia
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Vermont Law School, 2003, J.D., cum laude
University of Minnesota, 2000, B.S., Environmental Science