Halley I. Townsend

Halley Townsend


Halley Townsend is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office and a member of the firm's Public Policy & Regulation Group. Ms. Townsend focuses her practice on a variety of energy matters.

Ms. Townsend is experienced in advising clients on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal regulations, as well as litigation impacting their interests. She assists clients with trading in derivatives and compliance with Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulations. In addition, she aids clients in registering as a fuel supplier in various states by reviewing the impact of reorganization on existing licensing.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Townsend was an attorney at a global law firm in its Washington, D.C., office.

While in law school, Ms. Townsend was a lead articles editor and a staff writer for the Washington and Lee Law Review. She also served as a student attorney in the Walker Program, a local community initiative that helps jumpstart businesses owned by people of color in Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County, Virginia. In addition, she completed a legal internship in the General Services Administration (GSA) Office of the Procurement Ombudsman as well as a judicial internship for the Honorable Arenda W. Allen of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.


  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • University of Virginia, B.A., English Language and Literature; Minor in Foreign Affairs
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Women Law Students Organization (WLSO), Washington and Lee University School of Law, Symposium Chair, 2020-2021; Mentorship Chair, 2019‑2020
Honors & Awards
  • Winner, Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition, American Constitution Society, 2022
  • Semifinalist, American Bar Association (ABA) Client Counseling Competition and Mediation Competition, 2021
  • Quarterfinalist, Robert J. Grey Jr. Negotiations Competition, 2020