Areas of Practice
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1995
  • Wheaton College, B.A., 1991
Judicial Clerkships
  • Hon. David A. Faber, US District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, 1995-1997
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Daniel J. Poynor

1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 6233
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Daniel Poynor is a partner in Steptoe’s Washington office.  His practice focuses on regulation of oil pipelines by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and state regulatory agencies.  Mr. Poynor is Chair of the Oil Pipelines Committee of the American Bar Association’s Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section.

Mr. Poynor’s representation of oil pipelines involves all aspects of pipeline rates and regulated practices, including:

  • Cost-of-service ratemaking
  • Market-based rates
  • New pipeline and pipeline expansion projects
  • Capacity allocation and firm service
  • Standards of conduct compliance
  • Interstate Commerce Act jurisdictional issues
  • Tariff matters
  • FERC indexing issues


  • Legal 500 US, Energy: Regulatory, 2013-2016
  • Chambers USA, Energy: Oil & Gas Regulatory & Litigation, (Nationwide), 2010-2015
  • Chambers Global, Energy: Oil & Gas, Regulatory & Litigation, (US), 2014-2016
  • Who's Who Legal, Energy, 2013-2014
  • Legal 500 US, Energy: Litigation, 2011-2012
  • Chambers USA, Energy: Oil & Gas (DC), 2009

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Selected Publications

  • August 2, 2016
  • Co-author with Steven H. Brose and Steven Reed of the “Oil Pipelines” chapter of Energy Law and Transactions (Mathew Bender & Co., Inc., 2009)
  • Co-author since 2000 of the bi-annual report of the Oil Pipelines Committee of the American Bar Association, Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section (formerly the Section of Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation Law)
  • Frequent contributor to the annual report of the Energy Bar Association Oil Pipeline Regulation Committee
  • Commenter on oil pipeline matters for the LEXIS Emerging Issues Law Center
  • FERC’s Oil Pipeline Indexing Methodology Remanded, 41 Infrastructure 3 (May 2002)
  • Co-author with Cynthia L. Quarterman of OPA ‘90 at Ten, 15 Natural Resources and Environment 47 (June 2000)

Professional Affiliations

  • Chair, Oil Pipelines Committee, Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section, American Bar Association
  • Oil Pipeline Regulation Committee, Energy Bar Association