Benjamin Nussdorf



Benjamin Nussdorf is a Senior Policy Advisor for the Office of Oil and Gas Global Security and Supply, in the Office of Fossil Energy at the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. He works on legal and policy issues focused on the import and export of natural gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and other related products. Mr. Nussdorf is also an adjunct associate professor at the American University's Washington College of Law since 2013.

From 2008-2010, Mr. Nussdorf was a Presidential Management Fellow in the Department of the Interior, where he worked on offshore oil and gas leasing, management, and policy. During his Fellowship, Mr. Nussdorf had detail positions at the Office of the General Counsel for Energy Project and the Office of the Solicitor of the Department of the Interior, Division of Mineral Resources. From 2010 until 2012, Mr. Nussdorf served as the Regulatory Liaison for the Office of Natural Resources Revenue at the Department of the Interior. From 2012-2014, Mr. Nussdorf was a Senior Policy Analyst at the Bureau of Land Management, Energy and Realty Directorate. He received his J.D. cum laude from the Washington College of Law and has a B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Nussdorf teaches a course on Oil and Gas Law during the Fall Semester.



Currently Teaching

Areas of Specialization

  • Energy Law

Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., American University Washington College of Law
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania (magna cum laude)

  • Selected Publications

    • Benjamin Nussdorf, A Match Made in Heaven: Co-Development on the Outer Continental Shelf off the Coast of New York,, 46 No. 2 ABA Sec. Env., Energy, Resources (Nov./Dec. 2014).
    • Benjamin Nussdorf, The Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing by States and the Federal Government, 46 No. 1 ABA Sec. Env., Energy, Resources (Oct. 2014).
    • Benjamin Nussdorf, Emulating Europe: Setting a Course for Offshore Renewable Energy, 25 Nat. Resources & Env. 4 (Spr. 2011).