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, the head of Steptoe’s pipeline practice, represents oil pipeline companies before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and appellate courts. Mr. Poynor's clients benefit from his extensive experience with the range of economic and regulatory issues involving oil pipeline rates and regulated practices. He helps pipeline clients craft effective strategies for establishing and maintaining profitable rate levels, including through cost-of-service, market-based, indexed, and negotiated ratemaking. Mr. Poynor guides clients on new pipeline and pipeline expansion projects, and advises on capacity allocation, regulatory compliance, Interstate Commerce Act jurisdiction, and tariff issues.

Mr. Poynor is chair of the Oil Pipelines Committee of the American Bar Association’s Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section. He regularly speaks on topics involving economic regulation of oil pipelines. Chambers Global sources state that Mr. Poynor “is very creative, an excellent writer and knows the law extremely well."


  • Chambers USA, Energy: Oil & Gas Regulatory & Litigation, (Nationwide), 2010-2017
  • Chambers Global, Energy: Oil & Gas, Regulatory & Litigation, (US), 2014-2017
  • Legal 500 US, Energy: Litigation, 2011-2012, 2017
  • Legal 500 US, Energy: Regulatory, 2013-2016

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Selected Publications

  • Co-Editor of "Recent Developments in Infrastructure and Regulated Industries," the annual publication of the American Bar Association's Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section
  • 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
  • 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