Philip Bangert’s practice focuses on administrative law, regulatory matters and public policy representation before the executive branch of the U.S. government and Congress.
A substantial portion of Mr. Bangert’s practice involves representation in transportation, energy, infrastructure and environmental matters. Mr. Bangert maintains a particular focus on maritime matters, offshore energy activities and water resource needs. He regularly represents public agencies, trade associations and domestic and foreign corporations.
Mr. Bangert counsels clients on various administrative law and regulatory issues related to offshore energy exploration and development, including fossil fuels and offshore renewable energy, and the ancillary offshore service and support industries. He is well-versed in the new and evolving regulations governing offshore energy activities in the wake of the BP/Macondo oil spill, and is active in post-spill legislative proposals related to liability limits, financial responsibility and operational safety measures.
Mr. Bangert’s actions on behalf of local governments relate to securing federal and local governmental approval for infrastructure projects, as well as assisting clients in obtaining federal appropriations and agency grants for such projects. He also counsels local governments on a wide range of issues related to the development and operations of public transportation facilities, and advises clients on the impact of global trade with respect to the domestic transportation industry. Mr. Bangert has assisted public clients in the successful approval and completion of major infrastructure projects around the country, including seaports, airports, mass transit, highway and intermodal facilities. He also regularly assists local governments with water infrastructure and flood control projects, in the context of federal approval and funding.
Mr. Bangert applied his transportation background in the immediate aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks to assist seaports, airports and other public sector infrastructure entities, as well as private sector companies interacting with these facilities, in dealing with resulting legislative and regulatory homeland security issues; a focus he continues to maintain. He was also heavily involved on behalf of public sector clients in the aftermaths of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in California and Gulf Coast hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike.
Mr. Bangert represents clients before federal bodies, including the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Enforcement and Regulation (BOEMRE); Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the Department of Homeland Security; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Department of Commerce; Department of Defense; Department of Interior; Department of State; Department of Transportation; and the Federal Maritime Commission.