Johanna H. Jochum

Area of Emphasis

Johanna Jochum is a member of the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office and an associate in the Energy and Natural Resources, Transportation Safety, and Environmental groups.  Leveraging her experience as a former U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) regulatory attorney, Ms. Jochum helps clients achieve their goals and expand business and policy opportunities by applying a current and detailed understanding of the federal government’s approach to energy efficiency regulation and market priorities.  She has experience at both the federal and state levels on a variety of energy efficiency regulatory issues, including state and federal grants, energy efficiency conservation standard rulemakings, test procedures, waivers, enforcement proceedings, and preemption issues.

Ms. Jochum is very active in our Mobility, Transport and Safety and Pipeline and HazMat practices. Using her legal and engineering experience, Ms. Jochum represents clients in a variety of vehicle safety matters before the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  She assists manufacturers, suppliers, start-ups, and technology companies on a wide variety of motor vehicle safety and related regulatory matters, including self-certification of standards, homologation (U.S. FMVSS and European Union type certification), compliance, standards enforcement, defects investigations, recall implementation, automated driving systems, innovative safety approaches, best practices and emerging trends, and related privacy and security issues under the GDPR and state statutes.  In addition, Ms. Jochum represents clients in pipeline and hazardous materials transportation safety matters before the before the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and state commissions.


Prior to joining Babst Calland, Ms. Jochum served as an attorney-advisor for the DOE’s Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Legislation, Regulation, and Energy Efficiency. While there, she provided legal advice to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) on a variety of issues under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA).  She was involved in many high-level administrative rulemaking proceedings, including proceedings for energy conservation standards for gas furnaces and central air conditioners. In addition, she was part of the litigation team that successfully defended the test procedures for commercial refrigeration equipment in the Seventh Circuit case ZeroZone, Inc. v. U.S. Dep’t of Energy, 832 F.3d 654 (7th Cir. 2016).

Previously, Ms. Jochum practiced energy law as an associate in large national law firm.

Ms. Jochum earned her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School in 2012. While in law school, she was the managing editor of The George Washington Law Review. She was also a legal intern for the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), where she assisted in regulatory and financial assistance matters. Ms. Jochum received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with honors from the University of Akron in 2009.

Memberships and Affiliations

Ms. Jochum is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia. She is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School.


Author, “Navigating a ‘Buy American’ Mandate,” World Pipelines Magazine, NORTH AMERICA edition, October 2017.