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Van P. Hilderbrand

Van P. Hilderbrand, Jr.

A member of our Products Liability & Mass Torts Practice Group, Van P. Hilderbrand, Jr. focuses his practice on environmental litigation, regulatory compliance issues, and advising on the environmental aspects of business and real estate transactions. His work also includes consulting on renewable energy project development and project finance transactions, conducting due diligence and assisting with permitting issues. He represents clients in a wide range of industries, including energy, manufacturing, consumer products, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, transportation, technology and real estate.

Formerly an associate with Sullivan & Worcester LLP in Washington, D.C., he previously practiced environmental law at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP in Charlotte, North Carolina. His experience as a financial analyst and corporate auditor in General Electric's energy products and service business early in his career honed his understanding of internal business operations and risk management at a Fortune 500 company.

Van has written frequently about how environmental regulations, policies and trends are impacting project development and financing in the renewable energy sector. He has published articles in Renewable Energy World, American City & County, Engineering News-Record, CleanTechnica, The Energy Collective, Wind Systems, and Law360, among other publications.

Affiliations & Recognition

Community Activities

  • Clemson Club of Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC: Board of Directors

Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association: Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources; Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, Leadership Development Program Participant (2012-2013); Young Lawyers Division, Committee of Environment, Energy and Resources Vice Chair (2014-2015)

  • District of Columbia Bar Association: Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section

  • John F. Welch Leadership Development Course

  • Maryland Journal of Health Care Law and Policy: Managing Editor (2007-2008)

  • University of Maryland School of Law Alumni Association


  • GE Energy Power Management Award: Recipient

  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers® - Rising Stars Edition: Selected for inclusion in the areas of Environmental (2014-2018)


Case Examples



Press Coverage

"Caribbean Solar Power," Eniday (Press Coverage) (January 19, 2017).


"A New Gold Standard for Power System Performance Appraisal," Law360 (August 01, 2016).
"The Brownfield Gold Rush: Municipalities Give Contaminated Properties New Life," CleanTechnica (July 21, 2016).
"With Proper Policies, A $12.1 Trillion Investment Opportunity for Renewable Energy Can Be Realized," The Energy Collective (February 23, 2016).
"Is Increased Renewable Energy Development the Answer to Reducing Carbon Emissions?," American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division (October 30, 2015).
"Can New England Lead The Offshore Energy Revolution?," Banker & Tradesman (September 13, 2015).
"Is the Tide Finally Turning for Offshore Wind in the United States?," Wind Systems (September 01, 2015).
"Offshore Wind Has Come to the U.S.; EPCs Can Help It Gain Momentum," Engineering News-Record (August 26, 2015).
"Grid Cybersecurity May Increase Costs for Distributed Energy," Microgrid Knowledge (April 20, 2015).
"Opportunities Abound for Massachusetts Cities and Towns Turning Contaminated Properties into Clean and Renewable Energy Sites," Banker & Tradesman (February 09, 2015).
"Transforming the Traditional Municipal Bond Market," Banker & Tradesman (November 10, 2014).
"Disaster Averted For Now: ICAO to Develop Global Approach to Regulate Aviation Emissions," ABA's Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems Committee Newsletter (August 2014).
"Cape Wind Ruling Sets Stage For Future Offshore Renewable-Energy Projects," Banker & Tradesman (May 26, 2014).
"Knock Down Barriers to Private Investment in Water Infrastructure," American City & County (August 17, 2012).
"EPA Plays It Safe With Dioxin Assessment," Law360 (April 12, 2012).
"The Last Word: Water and Renewables," Renewable Energy World (September/October 2011).

Speaking Engagements