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Dr. Richard A. Meserve, who served as Chairman of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) from 1999 to 2003 following many years as a partner at Covington & Burling, is currently senior of counsel to the firm. Dr. Meserve is based in Covington's Washington office. With a Ph.D. in applied physics, Dr. Meserve has long concentrated his practice on issues at the intersections of law, regulation, science, and technology, with a special focus on recent years on nuclear matters.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • President Emeritus of the Carnegie Institution for Science
  • National Academy of Engineering, Member
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Member
  • American Philosophical Society, Member
  • American Physical Society, Fellow
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow
  • Council on Foreign Relations, Fellow
  • Russian Academy of Sciences, Foreign Member
  • Sigma Xi, Member
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Member
  • Eisenhower Medal, American Nuclear Society (2019)
  • Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, Japan (2016)
  • Henry DeWolf Smyth Nuclear Statesman Award, American Nuclear Society (2013)
  • Richard L. Garwin Award, Federation of American Scientists (2012)
  • William S. Lee Award for Leadership, Nuclear Energy Institute (2012)
  • Chambers USA, Energy: Nuclear (Regulatory & Litigation) (2014-2020) - Sources say, "He's head and shoulders above everyone in terms of policy and historic experience in the industry."
  • Chambers Global, Energy & Natural Resources - Nuclear (2015-2016) 
  • Legal 500 US, Energy: Regulatory (2014, 2016)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Energy Law and Environmental Law (2007-2020)