Nevada's Yucca Mountain Legal Team

Nevada has assembled a world-class legal team to assist the Attorney General's Office in its fight against the Yucca nuclear dump. Here's a look at the team:

  • Joseph R. Egan

    Lead attorney for Nevada's Yucca battle, Mr. Egan was appointed Special Deputy Attorney General to work closely with Attorney General Brian Sandoval, Deputy Attorney General Marta Adams, and Nevada's Agency for Nuclear Projects in developing and shaping the overall team and strategy. An MIT-trained nuclear engineer who once worked as a reactor engineer in a nuclear plant, Egan is chairman of Egan Fitzpatrick and Malsch, LLC, a Washington D.C. area firm that has handled some of the highest profile nuclear cases in the world in the past decade, including several multi-billion dollar cases. He has represented clients from 18 countries, and has been lead attorney in several large complex nuclear waste matters. He holds degrees in Physics (B.S.), Nuclear Engineering (M.S.), and Technology & Policy (M.S.) from MIT, and a law degree with honors from Columbia University.

  • Martin G. Malsch

    Prior to joining Egan Fitzpatrick and Malsch, Mr. Malsch, considered by many to be the most knowledgeable nuclear regulatory attorney currently practicing, was the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's top staff attorney for nearly two decades, holding the Acting General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel spots for a combined 15 years. He was also NRC's first Inspector General and received three Presidential Medals of Honor. Malsch has managed numerous NRC licensing hearings and federal court appeals for NRC up through the U.S. Supreme Court, participating in some of the key precedents that now dominate nuclear law. He authored virtually every single adjudicatory decision issued by the Commission from 1980 to 1991, and was instrumental in designing many of NRC's existing rules of practice and its key regulations. He has also taught nuclear law at George Washington University Law School, where he was an Adjunct Professor. Malsch holds a Physics degree from Holy Cross and a law degree from University of Connecticut.

  • Antonio Rossmann

    Mr. Rossman, also appointed by Nevada as a Special Deputy Attorney General for the Yucca cases, is one of the nation's leading land use and natural resources attorneys. He previously assisted the state in killing the MX nuclear missile base that had been proposed for federal land in Nevada. He is a noted expert on the National Environmental Policy Act. A San Francisco-based attorney who founded the firm Rossmann and Moore, he has represented California and numerous of its cities and counties, and co-authored the treatise California Environmental Law and Land Use Practice. He graduated with honors from Harvard College and from Harvard Law School, where he was editor of the Harvard Law Review. He currently also teaches land use and environmental law at Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley.

  • Howard K. Shapar

    Currently Of Counsel to Egan FitzPatrick and Malsch, Mr. Shapar has been one of the world's leading nuclear law authorities for more than three decades. From 1976 to 1982, he was Executive Legal Director of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, managing numerous complex licensing proceedings and rulemaking matters and setting broad Commission legal policy. He went on to serve until 1988 as Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the Paris-based Nuclear Energy Agency, a division of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), where he spearheaded many international nuclear matters. From 1988 until joining Egan's firm in 2001, he was counsel to Shaw Pittman, one of the nation's leading nuclear law firms. Shapar holds a B.A. degree from Amherst, graduating number one in his class, and a law degree from Yale.

  • Charles J. Cooper

    Mr. Cooper, whose Washington D.C. firm Cooper and Kirk is under contract to the Egan firm, has been ranked one of the nation's top constitutional and federal court litigators. In the Supreme Court frequently, he counts as his victories such cases as the overturning of the President's "line item veto" legislation (on behalf of New York) and the famous Winstar case. Cooper was formerly Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Legal Counsel, where he served as President's Reagan's attorney, and was the Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. He holds a B.S. degree with honors from the University of Alabama School of Business Administration and a law degree from University of Alabama School of Law, where he was first in his class and editor-in-chief of the Law Review. He clerked for the Fifth Circuit and for U.S. Supreme Court justice (now Chief Justice) William H. Renquist.

  • William H. Briggs, Jr.

    Mr. Briggs, a Washington D.C. litigator with Ross Dixon and Bell, is the former Solicitor of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, where for five years he represented NRC in all litigation in which the agency was a party, managing several key circuit court and Supreme Court cases. Prior to that, he was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice. As a private litigator following his tenure at NRC, he has represented insurance companies in complex environmental and mass-tort matters, and has continued with his NRC representation of companies and employees of nuclear utilities facing NRC enforcement action. He holds a law degree with honors from Duke University Law School.

  • Robert J. Cynkar

    A partner with Cooper and Kirk in Washington, Mr. Cynkar is a noted federal litigator, particularly in disputes concerning the actions of the federal government. He is a former partner of Shaw Pittman, one of the nation's leading nuclear law firms, and has also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and as Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Division of the Justice Department. He also worked on Capitol Hill as counsel to both Nevada Senator Paul Laxault and Kansas Senator Bob Dole. He holds a B.A. from Princeton University, magna cum laude, and a law degree from New York University Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review.

  • Charles J. Fitzpatrick

    A partner with Egan Fitzpatrick and Malsch who manages that firm's San Antonio office, Mr. Fitzpatrick has litigated large, complex nuclear cases for the past two decades. Representing the City of San Antonio in one of the largest such disputes concerning Houston Lighting and Power Company's management of the South Texas Nuclear Project, Mr. Fitzpatrick helped secure over $400 million in cumulative settlements. He has also been involved in disputes concerning the Millstone Nuclear Power Plant in Connecticut, and Department of Energy sites in Portsmouth, Ohio, Rocky Flats, Colorado, and Paducah, Kentucky. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Fordham University, and a law degree from St. Mary's University School of Law, where he served on the Law Review.

  • Roger B. Moore

    Mr. Moore, a partner in San Francisco-based Rossmann and Moore, is a specialist in environmental and land-use law and litigation. He is co-author of the treatise California Environmental Law and Land Use Practice. He holds a B.A. degree with highest honors from Swarthmore College and a law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School. He clerked for chief judge Lawrence Karlton in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California.

  • Brian S. Koukoutchos

    Mr. Koukoutchos is a specialist in constitutional and appellate litigation who has worked in frequent association with noted constitutional litigator Laurence H. Tribe, a professor at Harvard Law School. Mr. Koukoutchos has written innumerable briefs for U.S. Supreme Court cases. He is presently Visiting Professor of Constitutional Law and History at Haverford College, and previously served as Special Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He was also Associate Independent Counsel for the Iran/Contra Investigation, a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University, and a federal district court clerk. He holds a B.A. in History from Haverford College with high honors, and a law degree from Harvard Law School, graduating magna cum laude.

  • Vincent J. Colatriano

    Mr. Colatriano is a veteran litigator in the fields of Administrative and Constitutional Law, and has worked on several large nuclear matters. He was formerly an attorney with Shaw Pittman, one of the nation's leading nuclear law firms. He holds a B.A. degree from George Washington University, where he graduated summa cum laude, and a law degree with highest honors from George Washington University National Law Center.