William J. McGrath

William J. McGrath



Pragmatic lobbyist and legal advisor for natural resources companies. Breaks impasses at federal agencies to keep major infrastructure projects on schedule. Guides companies through continuous oversight proceedings in Congress.


Bill McGrath’s legal and government experience is foundational to his skill navigating the private sector through the most challenging and dynamic legislative, regulatory, and congressional oversight processes. He deploys proven strategies to overcome the toughest obstacles that arise when government and industry converge, and leverages his expertise to proactively identify business opportunities and forge pathways to profitability.

As a member of the firm’s Energy, Environment & Resource Strategies (EERS) Group, he drives complex natural resources and infrastructure projects through the federal permitting process and streamlines them by providing strategic insight in the early planning stages and by engaging agency officials to generate and preserve momentum. Bill’s methods deliver results; his representation has contributed to the successful permitting of multiple largescale infrastructure ventures, from mining to renewable energy. He also positions clients looking to contract with the federal government on recreation projects, and navigates competing third-party interests to prevent roadblocks.

Prior to joining the firm, Bill served as the staff director for the Interior, Energy and Environment Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. There he engaged on some of the country’s most high-profile natural resources issues. In addition to his tenure in government, Bill worked as legislative counsel for a non-profit organization, representing the group on environmental and administrative law cases.

Representative Matters

Recent Experience

  • Counsel to a non-profit organization representing consumer-owned electric systems that purchase federal hydropower and resources before Congress and the Administration.

  • Obtained the release of millions of dollars in wildlife conservation funding from the Fish and Wildlife Service that were held up over false allegations of human rights abuses. Required engagement with Congress, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior and State Department.

Insights & Publications



  • J.D., George Mason University School of Law
  • B.A., Williams College


  • Washington, D.C.
  • Virginia

Community Involvement


Board of Directors, Mountain States Legal Foundation

National Advisory Board member for Romney for President (2012)

Executive Committee, World Forum on Shooting Activities (2014)



Uinta Basin Energy Summit Keynote Speaker (2015)

SAF Defender of Liberty Award (2014)

Virginia Business Legal Elite (2012)