James R. Wrathall

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1666 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
T (202) 775-1206

Jim Wrathall is a member of the Energy Group in ZAG-S&W’s Washington, D.C. office.  Mr. Wrathall represents clients in energy project development and project finance transactions; energy and climate policy matters; corporate and licensing transactions; and litigation and arbitration matters.  His current clients include a major hedge fund financing numerous solar energy projects in the U.S. and the Caribbean; a project acquisition and development company building out a portfolio of wind projects; the developer of an innovative distributed solar financing platform; and an international organization in connection with project finance for developing countries’ climate mitigation and clean energy projects.

Mr. Wrathall previously served as Majority Senior Counsel with the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee from 2007 through 2011.  At the EPW Committee Mr. Wrathall was responsible for clean energy, climate change, water resources and clean air legislation; oversight of Executive Branch programs; and working with federal, state, regional and foreign officials, private sector constituents and NGOs on a broad variety of energy and environmental issues and legislation.

Mr. Wrathall previously was a partner with WilmerHale LLP for more than ten years.  There he represented clients in energy and technology transactions and licensing projects; served as lead counsel in federal court litigation, administrative matters and investigations; and advised clients on policy and regulatory issues.  Mr. Wrathall’s clients at WilmerHale included New England Electric System, National Grid, American Electric Power, PG&E National Energy Group, AES Corp., Textron Inc., Magma Copper Co., Fannie Mae, Hartford Insurance Group, Network Solutions, Inc., Citigroup, HSBC and AOL.

Mr. Wrathall’s practice focuses on the intersection of public policy, regulation and energy finance, with emphasis on innovative energy projects and transactions. He is a frequent contributor to the Energy Finance Report, a member of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) Power Generation and Infrastructure Advisory Committee, and guest lecturer at the American University, Kogod School of Business, M.S. in Sustainability Program.

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Bar & Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1990
  • Maryland, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Columbia


  • J.D., cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 1987 
  • B.S., cum laude, Tulane University, 1984 

Professional & Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources