Paul's BioPaul Looney serves as a principal at Cornerstone. In this role, Paul advises clients in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors on government, regulatory and strategic business matters.
As global energy markets continue to undergo significant transformation related to increased environmental, social and governance (ESG) compliance, Paul advises clients on developing sustainable solutions through changes in operational strategy, go-to-market and product development strategy, change management processes and technology strategy and implementation. He works with Cornerstone’s clients to ensure that they are compliant with federal regulatory guidelines at agencies that include FERC, DOE, EPA, DOI and with statutory requirements borne from Congressional authorization and appropriation legislation.
Paul’s area of focus also includes working with state and federal regulators in the permitting of large-scale energy projects including inter and intrastate pipelines, CNG and LNG facilities and upstream oil and gas projects. His experience also includes the permitting of exports, such as crude, natural gas and various refined petroleum and chemical products.
Previously, Paul was executive vice president of strategic development at HBW Resources in Houston, Texas and prior to HBW, was principal and co-founder of the Washington, D.C. lobbying firm, The Washington Capitol Group. Earlier in his career, Paul served as government affairs director at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics where he worked with the firm’s corporate members in pursuing defense and energy-related regulations and legislation. Paul began his career in government service in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of Interior in Congressional Affairs at the Bureau of Land Management and later served as legislative assistant to U.S. Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA).
Looney holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.P.A. in International Affairs from George Mason University.