Areas of Practice
  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1988
  • Towson University, B.S., 1984
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Richard L. Roberts

1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 6756
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Rick Roberts is a partner in Steptoe's Washington office and a member of the Regulatory & Industry Affairs Department.  He is the head of Steptoe’s Electric Group.  His practice focuses on the areas of energy law, antitrust, and litigation.

Mr. Roberts is one of the nation’s leading energy litigators.  He has tried numerous cases before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and federal district courts and has won appeals before multiple circuits of the US Courts of Appeals.  He has secured billions of dollars in litigation awards for clients, successfully negotiated settlements for billions of dollars more, and defended clients against claims by others.  He has also successfully challenged in federal courts the constitutional limits of state authority within the electric power sector. 

In addition, Mr. Roberts counsels clients concerning all facets of federal energy regulation, market manipulation and antitrust, and defends clients in government enforcement proceedings.


  • Legal 500 US, Energy: Litigation, 2011-2015, 2017 
  • Band 1, Chambers USA, Energy: Electricity, Regulatory & Litigation, (Nationwide), 2010-2017
  • Band 1, Chambers Global, Energy: Electricity, Regulatory & Litigation, (US), 2010-2016
  • Washington, DC Super Lawyers, Energy and Resources, 2008-2010; 2013-2017 
  • Best Lawyers in America, Energy Law, 2008-2018
  • Legal 500 US, Energy: Regulatory, 2012-2014
  • Who's Who Legal, Energy, 2013-2014
  • Chambers Global, Energy: Electricity, Regulatory & Litigation, (US), 2008-2009
  • Band 1, Chambers USA, Energy: Electricity (District of Columbia), 2009
  • Lawdragon 500 New Stars, New Worlds (2006): a “triple threat in antitrust, litigation, and energy, he has shaped supersized electricity-industry restructurings”
  • Euromoney's Expert Guide to the World's Leading Energy and Natural Resource Lawyers, 2010

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Professional Affiliations

  • Energy Bar Association