Problem solver for companies with complex natural resource projects on federal lands. Blends agency and congressional engagement to achieve success in high-pressure scenarios. Former senior congressional staffer and deputy director of the Bureau of Land Management.
Luke Johnson provides actionable insight into the permitting process of major natural resource projects and leverages his relationships with federal regulators and legislators to break the stickiest impasses, avoid costly delays and drive projects across the finish line. As co-chair of the firm’s Energy, Environment & Resource Strategies (EERS) Group, Luke is at his best in high-stakes situations when clients face issues threatening the life of their projects. His executive and legislative branch experience enables him to pinpoint the source of an issue and engage key stakeholders, from career staff and cabinet officials in the administration to members and senior committee staff in Congress.
Over his career, Luke has secured critical permits for multi-billion dollar oil and gas projects and has represented emerging industries as the United States continues to invest heavily in renewable energy. He sites onshore wind and solar projects; helps clients identify and secure new pots of funding made available through federal grants and appropriations; and keeps clients ahead of rapidly shifting ESG standards.
Luke served in a variety of roles in the executive branch, most recently as former deputy director of policy and programs at BLM within the Department of the Interior. Prior, Luke served as a senior policy advisor to Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT) and as professional staff on the House Natural Resources Committee. In addition to his tenure in government, Luke served as vice president of policy and government affairs for the National Ocean Industries Association.