Nathan Howe assists clients in a multi-faceted energy and environmental practice that includes energy regulatory and transactional matters and complex environmental and commercial litigation.
In energy-related matters, Nathan represents a broad range of clients before various regulatory agencies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, and in proceedings involving rate filings, mergers, contractual disputes, and proposed utility programs. He advises clients on navigating regulatory jurisdiction and regulations and negotiating and litigating commercial contracts, and serves as regulatory counsel in project finance transactions. He serves several businesses in cutting edge industries such as renewables, energy storage, energy efficiency, and electric vehicles.
His environmental practice focuses on representing clients in complex litigation involving cleanup costs and natural resource damages. He regularly works with scientific experts to develop a firm understanding of site conditions and to develop novel legal strategies that deliver cost-effective solutions, particularly in the case of emerging contaminants. He has defended clients in actions brought by responsible parties and government agencies that typically involve a host of statutory and common law causes of action.
Prior to joining McCarter, he served as an assistant county prosecutor in Somerset County, New Jersey. He handled both bench and jury trials covering a range of criminal matters, including high-profile homicide cases, and won several appeals in the New Jersey Appellate Division. His argument before the Appellate Division for removing the inadvertency element of the plain view exception to the warrant requirement was embraced by the New Jersey Supreme Court in a 2016 decision.
Nathan’s experience in the state and criminal court system is an asset to his pro bono work, where he assists unaccompanied minors seeking special immigrant status and helps supervise the firm’s expungement program to provide a clean slate to reformed offenders.
A cum laude graduate of Washington and Lee University School of Law, Nathan was honored as the first-place winner of The Environmental Law Institute’s National Writing Competition in 2010 for his article titled The Political Question Doctrine’s Role in Climate Change Nuisance Litigation: Are Power Utilities the First of Many Casualties?, 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 11229 (2010).