Jane Accomando advises cutting-edge nuclear startup companies and research institutions on licensing, liability, and regulatory compliance. For more than a decade, she has represented the existing US commercial nuclear fleet in government and internal investigations, nuclear whistleblower proceedings before the US Department of Labor, and spent fuel matters. Jane has both a B.S. and an M.S. in nuclear engineering and brings her in-depth technical knowledge to bear in representing nuclear industry clients. Jane is a co-leader of the firm’s global energy industry team, and a liaison to the Morgan Lewis Diversity & Inclusion committee.
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. She represents clients in connection with both litigated cases before the US Court of Federal Claims and annual spent fuel settlement submissions to the US Department of Energy. Jane has advised clients in connection with dozens of spent fuel damages claims over the course of her career.
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.
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 (2019–2022)
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
Member, NEI Part 53 Task Force
Member, NEI Advanced Reactor Task Force