Joel L. Greene, Jennings, Strouss & Salmon Attorneys at Law Attorney

Joel L. Greene Member

P: 202.371.9889
F: 202.292.4740
L: Washington, D.C.

Mr. Greene is an attorney in the firm's Washington, D.C. office and former Chair of the firm's Diversity Action Committee. He has been in private practice in the Washington, D.C. area since 1974, assisting clients in energy regulatory matters, legal strategic planning, contract negotiations and advocacy before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, US Department of Transportation (PHMSA), state commissions and the courts. As shown below, Mr. Greene’s engagements on behalf of natural gas industrial end-users, LDCs, and landowner groups have spanned approximately 20 interstate pipelines and cover a diverse mix of regulatory issues.

Mr. Greene is very active in the energy industry, having served on the North American Energy Standards Board, Edison Electric Institute Order 636 Task Force, and as an officer of the Energy Bar Association. From 2003-2004 he served as chair of the International District Energy Association (IDEA), a 2,200-member international trade association formed in 1909. Mr. Greene remains the only attorney to hold that position in the over 108 year history of the Association. In June 2005, Mr. Greene was awarded the organization's highest honor.

Passionate about issues of inclusion and diversity in the workplace, Mr. Greene was instrumental in the development of the firm's Core Values as a member of the Diversity Action Committee, and was appointed by the firm's Management Committee as Chief Diversity/Retention Officer to reinforce those values and assist the firm to adapt to the changing realities of the modern workplace.

Areas of Focus

  • Natural Gas Regulatory Matters
  • PHMSA Regulatory Matters
  • Legal Strategic Planning
  • Contract Negotiations
  • Trade Association law

Representative Engagements

  • Represents individual and ad hoc groups of major energy end-users on numerous interstate pipelines across the U.S. involving natural gas certificate, rate, tariff and FERC-initiated Section 5 investigatory rate proceedings. During 2014-2017 achieved two beneficial settlements of pipeline Section 5 proceedings in the Midwest and Southwest, settlement of a pipeline’s general rate case serving the Florida market, and extension of a Northeast pipeline’s 25-year PCB-related settlement.

  • Represents Salt River Project (SRP), one of the largest public power entities in the U.S., before the FERC related to interstate pipeline rate, contract, tariff and certificate issues affecting the transportation of natural gas to SRP’s electric generating facilities in Arizona. In 2015 successfully negotiated settlement of a major pipeline general rate case affecting the Southwest market, including a carve-out issue establishing new shipper tariff protections under pipeline flow-control conditions.

  • Represents a major LDC in the Northeast before the FERC on rate, certificate, and tariff issues affecting its natural gas transportation and storage contracts on various interstate pipelines.

  • Represents one of the largest U.S. manufacturers of two-inch and smaller natural gas service line fittings before the U.S. Department of Transportation (PHMSA), FERC and state commissions in order to protect the integrity of its products and foster public safety.

  • Assists a large manufacturing company that sells excess electric power under market-based rates with its EQR compliance before FERC.

  • Since 2005 has served as General Counsel to the International District Energy Association, advising the President/CEO, Executive Committee and Board of Directors on corporate legal issues affecting the Association. Members throughout the US and in 26+ countries are involved in all aspects of providing centralized district heating, district cooling and cogeneration (also known as combined heat and power or CHP) services.

  • Successfully negotiated residential landowner claims in New York against a FERC certified, interstate pipeline for construction-related damages to private property.

  • Represents large group of landowners in Virginia seeking to persuade FERC to reroute a portion of a proposed interstate gas pipeline.

Articles, Publications and Presentations

  • Co-Author, “FERC Addresses Natural Gas Index Liquidity and Transparency Issues,” District Energy Magazine (Fourth Quarter 2017)

  • Co-Author, “FERC Issues Order to Improve Gas-Electric Coordination,” District Energy Magazine (Third Quarter 2015)

  • Author, "Conversion to Natural Gas: Navigating the legal hurdles," District Energy Magazine (First Quarter 2013)

  • Author, "Bureau of Reclamation Supplemental Report Identifies Conduits with Hydropower Potential," (May 2, 2012)

  • Author, "FERC Clarifies Treatment of Pipeline’s Discount-Type Adjustments for Negotiated Rates," (March 19, 2012)

  • Co-Author, "Collection of Attorneys’ Fees Under Energy Statutes," Energy Law and Transactions, Chapter 142 (2001)

  • Panelist, “Case Study of Trigen St. Louis’ Natural Gas Bypass,” 11th Annual College/University Conference, International District Energy Association (February 1998)

  • Speaker, “Sovereignty, The Only Natural Gas Supply Strategy That Makes Sense,” Annual Meeting, International District Energy Association (June 1995)

  • Editor, "Public Law 95-621, Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978 Legislative History," (1979)

Digital Media

Honors, Appointments and Awards

  • AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review Rated

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (2010-2018) in the category of Energy Law

  • Listed, Washington DC Super Lawyers (2012-2016) in the category of Energy & Natural Resources

  • “Norman R. Taylor” Award, International District Energy Association (June 2005)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Public Gas Association
  • North American Energy Standards Board
    Intraday Nominations Task Force
  • International District Energy Association
    Chair, 2003-2004
    First Vice Chair, 2002-2003
    Executive Committee, 2001-2002
    Board of Directors, 1999-2000
  • Energy Bar Association
  • Kol Shalom, Rockville, MD
    President, 2016 – Present

Admitted to Practice

  • District of Columbia, 1974

Court Admission

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 1974
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1982


  • J.D., National Law Center of the George Washington University, 1974
    With Honors
  • B.A., Franklin & Marshall College, Russian Studies, 1969