Norman F. Lent III is counsel in Arent Fox's Government Relations group. His practice focuses on energy/environment and communications/technology/mobile issues. Norm represents clients before Congress and federal agencies.
In the energy/environment sector, Norm has represented several power sector and oil and gas clients. During this 114th Congress (2015-2016) and the previous 113th Congress (2013-2014), Norm worked to ensure the inclusion of bonus depreciation, clean energy incentives, and the delay of the “Cadillac Tax” under the Affordable Care Act in the omnibus tax and spending package approved by Congress and the President in December 2015 (PL 114-113). In the 112th Congress (2011-2012), Norm helped shepherd the New York City Natural Gas Supply Enhancement Act (PL 112-197) through Congress and to President Obama for signature. This bipartisan legislation authorizes the Secretary of Interior to allow the construction and operation of natural gas pipeline facilities in the National Park Service's Gateway National Recreation Area that will bring additional reliable, clean, domestic, and economical natural gas to millions of New Yorkers. During the 111th Congress (2009-2010), Norm helped organize an ad hoc coalition of power sector companies to ensure a sufficient allocation of allowances in the cap-and-trade legislation that passed the House and was considered in the Senate. Norm also was active in efforts to ensure fair treatment of energy companies using derivatives subject to CFTC regulations implementing Dodd-Frank.
In the communications/technology/mobile sector, Norm has been engaged on spectrum and cybersecurity policy issues and has been active in tax, trade, intellectual property, and immigration issues affecting the sector.
After graduating from college, Norm began his Washington career as a legislative assistant to the Honorable Connie Mack (R-FL). After graduating from law school, Norm was an associate attorney at a mid-size Washington law firm, where he represented health care, maritime transportation, and energy clients before Congress and federal agencies. Later, Norm was a principal at a government relations firm, where he focused on energy, environment, communications, and technology issues, most notably the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and its natural gas pipeline siting and natural gas distribution system tax depreciation provisions.
Most recently, Norm was a counsel at a mid-sized Washington law firm respected for its communications law and policy expertise and was an executive vice president at the firm's government relations subsidiary with a focus on energy, environment, communications, technology, and tax policy issues.