Jennifer Roy, Deputy Office Managing Partner for the firm's San Diego office, provides environmental counseling in all areas of environmental law, with a particular focus on energy and major infrastructure projects.

Ms. Roy assists clients in a wide variety of energy and infrastructure matters related to power generation, renewable and conventional energy resources, land use entitlements, and environmental diligence. Ms. Roy has experience in administrative proceedings and litigation, including before California and federal agencies.

Ms. Roy advises clients on compliance with:

  • Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) before the CPUC
  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • California Coastal Act
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proceedings and environmental review processes
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • Endangered Species Act (ESA)
  • Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA)
  • Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA)
  • State and local land use laws
  • Habitat conservation plans

With experience both in private practice and in-house, Ms. Roy assists clients with federal, state, and local permitting for major energy and infrastructure projects, including desalination projects, power plants, transmission lines, renewable energy facilities, and liquified natural gas plants. Ms. Roy also provides advice to residential and commercial developers regarding local planning and zoning regulations and related environmental matters and state land use regulations. Ms. Roy further assists clients in defending approvals in administrative proceedings and state and federal court litigation.

Ms. Roy also counsels clients who are financing energy and infrastructure projects on a variety of environmental and social governance issues.

Prior to law school, Ms. Roy studied Environmental Studies and Public Policy focusing on international environmental law. During law school, Ms. Roy served on the editorial staff of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal.

Ms. Roy’s representative work includes:

  • Multiple major transmission line projects before the California Public Utilities Commission, including approvals from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Obtaining and defending multiple agency approvals for 50 million gallon per day desalination projects in Southern California
  • Agency approvals and litigation for a desalination and water supply project in Monterey County
  • Entitlements and environmental approvals for mixed-use development projects in Southern California
  • Development and environmental review of liquified natural gas export and pipeline facilities in Louisiana

Thought Leadership

  • Speaker, "Expansion of Transmission Grid Needed to Support Reliability and Renewable Integration," October 2023
  • Co-author, “Interior Department Excludes Incidental Take Liability Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act,” Latham’s Clean Energy Law Report, January 2018
  • Co-author, “U.S. Army Corps Reissues Fifty Existing and Two New Nationwide Permits,” Latham’s Clean Energy Law Report, April 2017
  • Co-author, “California Supreme Court: CEQA Requires Study of Potential Impacts to ESHA,” Latham Client Alert, April 2017
  • Co-author, “US Fish and Wildlife Service Finalizes Eagle Rule Revision,” Latham’s Clean Energy Law Report, January 2017
  • Co-author, “US Fish and Wildlife Service Moves Forward With Proposed Eagle Rule Revision,” Latham's Clean Energy Law Report, September 2016
  • Co-author, “BLM Moves Forward with Phase I of Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan,” Latham's Clean Energy Law Report, September 2016
  • Co-author, “6 Key Takeaways from the FWS's Proposed Update to the Eagle Act Rules,” Latham's Clean Energy Law Report, May 2016
  • Co-author, “A Step Toward Expediting California Clean Energy Permits,” Law360, 2014
  • Co-author, “California Coastal Commission Further Solidifies Enforcement Powers,” Latham Client Alert, 2014
  • Co-author, “Proposed Revisions to Regulations for Eagle Take Permits Hold Promise of Greater Take Authorization for Renewable Energy Developers,” Latham Client Alert, 2012
  • Co-author, “Compliance with the Clean Water Act: 2012 Modifications and Updated to US Army Corps Nationwide Permits,” Latham Client Alert, 2012
  • Co-author, “The Architecture of Global Environmental Governance: Pros and Cons of Multiplicity,” Global Environmental Governance: Perspectives on the Current Debate (Lydia Swart and Estelle Perry, eds.), 2007
  • Co-author, “Towards Institutional Symbiosis: Business and the United Nations in Environmental Governance,” 16 Review of European Community and International Environmental Law 2, 2007

Bar Qualification

  • California


  • JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 2011
  • BA, College of William & Mary, 2007
    magna cum laude