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Thomas C. Poindexter represents nuclear energy clients in licensing, regulatory, and adjudicatory matters before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the US Department of Energy (DOE). Trained as a nuclear engineer, he has served on several nuclear oversight committees for US utilities with nuclear power facilities, and currently assists nuclear power plants and material licensees in recovering from regulatory, investigation, and enforcement problems. Tom also focuses on emergent issue response, facility performance situations, and regulatory strategic planning.
Tom represents clients in NRC-licensed facility enforcement and regulatory compliance matters, as well as in situations involving plant operations, and represents entities that hold general and specific materials licenses with the NRC for licensing, inspection, and enforcement matters. His nuclear engineering background allows him to work closely with client personnel to translate technical issues into a regulatory compliance strategy and communicate with engineers, regulators, and in-house counsel to better ensure synergy in approach and expectations.
In his regulatory practice, Tom advises clients in areas such as, security, quality assurance programs, fitness for duty, nuclear access authorization, NRC inspection and enforcement policies, and technical specification interpretations. He also helps licensees prepare for, and respond to, NRC activities involving its Office of Investigations (e.g., alleged willful violations) and assists during alternate dispute resolution proceedings.
Tom also counsels on DOE-related matters from a contractor and regulatory agency perspective.
Before practicing law, Tom worked for the NRC for seven years. As part of a core group of NRC technical personnel responsible for inspecting and overseeing the clean-up activities at Three Mile Island, Tom served as the NRC licensing project manager at TMI-2 for several years. He was among the first officials to inspect the TMI-2 reactor core and contributed to several presidential inquiries into the accident. He also served on the NRC enforcement staff. Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Thomas was a partner at a Washington, DC law firm.
Awards and Affiliations
Recommended, Industry focus: Energy regulation: conventional power, The Legal 500 US (2020)
Member, Law Firm of the Year, Energy/Projects: Power (including Renewables), Chambers USA (2018)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Energy, Law360 (2016, 2019)
Member, Energy Law Firm of the Year, US News & World Report/Best Lawyers (2015)
Ranked, Energy: Nuclear (Regulatory & Litigation), USA, Chambers Global (2019–2021)
Ranked, Energy: Nuclear (Regulatory & Litigation), Nationwide, Chambers USA (2017–2020)
Managing Editor, Civil Rights Law Journal, George Mason University School of Law