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Ben Clapp

Area of Emphasis

Ben Clapp is a shareholder in the Environmental and Energy and Natural Resources groups of Babst Calland, and vice-chair of the firm’s Renewables Group. Mr. Clapp advises clients on the environmental components of complex transactions, including identifying and analyzing significant environmental liability and compliance issues arising in connection with mergers and acquisitions, asset sales, securities offerings, project financings, and corporate restructurings, and works to resolve, manage, allocate or mitigate these environmental risks in the client’s best interest.  To that end, Mr. Clapp has extensive experience drafting and negotiating environmental representations and warranties, covenants, indemnities, and other contractual provisions, drafting and evaluating environmental disclosure statements, and counseling clients on pre- and post-closing environmental compliance and permitting matters.  Mr. Clapp’s transactional clients have included buyers, sellers, financing sources, and underwriters in transactions taking place across a wide range of industries, including the upstream, midstream, and downstream oil and gas sectors, renewable energy, real estate, utilities, chemicals, manufacturing, mining, pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, and food and beverage.

Mr. Clapp has extensive experience providing regulatory guidance, strategic advice, and environmental diligence services to developers, investors and lenders involved in renewable energy facilities.  He also advises project developers and investors as they encounter state and federal environmental review, facility siting, and permitting requirements, with a particular focus on providing advice on National Environmental Policy Act requirements to clients seeking government agency approvals for large-scale energy and infrastructure projects.  In this role, Mr. Clapp works closely with clients, environmental consultants, and government agencies to facilitate timely and accurate satisfaction of environmental regulatory requirements.


Mr. Clapp earned is J.D., cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law in 2008 and his B.A. from the University of Richmond in 1996.  He served as Senior Staff for the American University Law Review and interned for the Honorable Reggie B. Walton in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Memberships and Affiliations

Mr. Clapp is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.