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Scott Stone

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Partner & Co-founder

S2C Pacific

San Francisco, CA

Expertise in environmental and energy law and policy, particularly climate change and advanced fossil energy technologies. 


phone: 415-633-8819

Over his career, Scott has worked for a small environmental group, a large corporate law firm, and a “big” data technology company. An expert in climate change law and policy, with extensive experience in energy technology, sustainability strategy development, and risk management and resilience enhancement issues, Scott has worked across the United States and around the world on behalf of energy companies, electric utilities, insurance companies, financial institutions, manufacturers, data technology firms, advocacy groups, charitable foundations, non-profit organizations, and foreign governments.

Scott’s work has focused primarily on the policy issues and political dynamics surrounding the further development and broader deployment of advanced energy technologies and on the integration of risk management and resilience enhancement concepts into corporate and organizational climate and sustainability strategies. Scott also has represented clients at international environmental negotiations, such as the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

Before co-founding S2C Pacific, Scott was an attorney with the law firm of Hunton & Williams, based in the firm’s Washington, DC, and San Francisco offices. Scott also has served as the Director of Global Environmental Initiatives for nContext, a data technology company; as a policy analyst for the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development (IGSD); and as a staff attorney for the International Network for Environmental Compliance & Enforcement (INECE).


Northwestern University, 1998
Washington University School of Law, 2003

Professional Experience

Partner and Co-Founder, S2C Pacific (current)
• Analyzing policy, regulatory, and political risks facing business models, industrial sectors, asset classes, and investment portfolios and developing strategies to manage these risks.
• Explaining how federal and state political systems work – and how to make them work for clients’ business, organization, product, or policy position.
• Crafting effective communications materials and designing and managing outreach strategies to ensure relevance, timeliness, and priority before policymakers, political leaders, media, and other stakeholders.
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Counsel, Hunton & Williams LLP (2013-2016)
• Advised energy company client on legal and policy issues related to marketing, licensing, financing, and construction of zero- and low-emissions energy technologies in Central and Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia.
• Developed policy-relevant communication strategies for energy company client and managed implementation across major media and social media platforms, working with interdisciplinary team of experts and other consultants.
• Designed new policy tools and project templates for foreign government client to help vulnerable communities enhance resilience and adaptive capacity in face of growing environmental risk exposures.

Director of Global Environmental Initiatives, Sierra Nevada Corporation/nContext (2012)
• Created and managed new business unit applying advanced data integration and visualization technologies developed for military and intelligence purposes to environmental and resource management issues.
• Designed and coordinated business development strategies across multiple corporate divisions, focusing on supply chain management, energy, heavy industry, insurance, and foreign government clients.
• Oversaw and collaborated with diverse staff of managers, engineers, data scientists, and administrators.

Associate, Hunton & Williams (2008-2012)
• Advised utility, energy, manufacturer, technology, finance, and foreign government clients on energy and environmental issues at federal and state levels, including energy and climate change law and policy, Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act regulation, Congressional legislative and oversight efforts, public utility commission proceedings, liability disclosure requirements, corporate sustainability strategies, and energy policy issues.
• Advised clients on legal liability and risk-related issues associated with carbon capture and storage (CCS).
• Analyzed Renewable Portfolio/Electricity Standards at federal and state levels and advised clients on renewable energy and energy efficiency policy developments and Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) trading.
• Assisted and advised clients in undertaking emission reduction projects and trading carbon offset credits.
• Served as co-chair and organizer of the Climate Consensus Workshops, a Netherlands’ Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment initiative to open new channels between businesses and international climate change negotiations.
• Advised and represented clients at international environmental treaty negotiations, including United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

Policy Analyst, Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development (2003-2007)
• Organized global campaign to accelerate phase-out of transitional substitute chemicals under Montreal Protocol.
• Conducted research and coordinated multi-stakeholder dialogues and related activities with industry, government, and NGO representatives on climate change, sustainability strategies, and energy technology development.
• Served as staff attorney to Secretariat for International Network for Environmental Compliance & Enforcement (INECE), conducting research and working with industry, government and international organization officials, parliamentarians, judges, and NGOs on environmental compliance and enforcement issues.

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