James D. Barnette

Partner at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

James D. Barnette

James D. Barnette

Partner at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Biography

James D. Barnette is a partner in Steptoe's Washington office, where he is a member of the Government Affairs & Public Policy Group. He focuses his practice on energy, telecommunications, healthcare, consumer protection, environmental law, and congressional oversight and investigations related to those laws.

Mr. Barnette has the unique distinction of serving as General Counsel for the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce under all four Republican Chairmen (Fred Upton (R-MI), Joe Barton (R-TX), Billy Tauzin (R-LA), and Tom Bliley (R-VA) since 1994. In that capacity, he helped enact over 100 public laws, including the landmark Medicare Modernization Act, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and legislation in areas as diverse as bioterrorism preparedness, energy, telecommunications reform, consumer protection, and e-commerce. In 2011, he served as a principal advisor to Chairman Upton on healthcare, Clean Air Act legislation, major telecommunications reforms, and Internet policy.

Mr. Barnette devotes a significant amount of his time to political matters.

On Capitol Hill he served in the following roles:

* Principal advocate for the Committee’s position with the Senate, House leadership, House Parliamentarian and other House Committees (including Agriculture, Appropriations, Armed Services, Budget, Judiciary, and Ways and Means)
* Led numerous high-profile Committee oversight and investigation efforts across its jurisdiction including energy, healthcare, environmental, and telecommunications matters

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House Committee on Energy and Commerce

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Number of Awards

1

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Chair at Steptoe & Johnson UK LLP

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Chief Financial Officer at Steptoe & Johnson UK LLP

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Chief Operating Officer at Steptoe & Johnson UK LLP

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Senior Partner at Steptoe & Johnson UK LLP

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James D. Barnette
Partner at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
Education
J.D.
Class of 1990

Georgetown University Law Center is the law school of Georgetown University, located in Washington, D.C. Established in 1870, the Law Center offers J.D., LL.M., and S.J.D. degrees in law.[5] As the second largest law school in the United States, Georgetown Law often touts the advantages of its wide range of program offerings and proximity to federal agencies and courts, including the Supreme Court

B.A.
Class of 1985

Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university located in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.

Career History
Partner
Current

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC is a national Energy law firm in the US with 14 offices in Colorado, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania. Texas and West Virginia.It is ranked by Energy Law 360 as the 12th largest energy firm in the nation with over 300 lawyers in 40 practice area.The firm offers legal services to energy producers throughout the US. The firm has particular strengths in energy law, labor and employment law and litigation and has been top-ranked by Chambers USA in the areas of Corporate & Commercial, Litigation& General Commercial, Real Estate, Natural Resources and Labor & Employment.The firm was also ranked in the 100 largest US practices in the areas of employment, energy, and insurance.

General Counsel to the Chairman
1994 - Prior

The Committee on Energy and Commerce, the oldest standing legislative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, is vested with the broadest jurisdiction of any congressional authorizing committee. Today it has responsibility for the nation's telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health research, environmental quality, energy policy, and interstate and foreign commerce. It oversees multiple cabinet-level Departments and independent agencies, including the Departments of Energy, Health and Human Services, Commerce, and Transportation, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Federal Communications Commission.

Legislative Assistant
1985 - 1987
Boards & Committees
Chairman, Political Action Committee
2007 - 2011

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC is a national Energy law firm in the US with 14 offices in Colorado, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania. Texas and West Virginia.It is ranked by Energy Law 360 as the 12th largest energy firm in the nation with over 300 lawyers in 40 practice area.The firm offers legal services to energy producers throughout the US. The firm has particular strengths in energy law, labor and employment law and litigation and has been top-ranked by Chambers USA in the areas of Corporate & Commercial, Litigation& General Commercial, Real Estate, Natural Resources and Labor & Employment.The firm was also ranked in the 100 largest US practices in the areas of employment, energy, and insurance.

Political Donations
$1,000
2019

Representative from Illinois's 15th Congressional District

Awards & Honors
Admitted to District of Columbia Bar
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