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Frank Maisano is a skilled media specialist with more than 20 years of experience in strategic communications. His focus on media relations, crisis communications and strategic counseling services has allowed him to build a client base of United States and international clients, including upstream and downstream energy companies, renewable power companies,cement companies, transmission builders, and chemical manufacturers. Frank’s contacts and knowledge of energy and environmental issues has resulted in a track record of success in working with media outlets across the country. He has organized comprehensive media relations programs in the U.S. on a range of energy and environmental issues, and his weekly energy update is considered a “must-read” by thousands of journalists, policymakers and lobbyists across the country.

Frank co-founded the strategic communications practice at Bracewell in 2003, following six years as a professional media relations consultant at Potomac Communications. He previously served as a press secretary on Capitol Hill. From 1989 to 1997, he served as a top communications advisor to U.S. Representatives Joe Knollenberg (R-MI), Hal Rogers (R-KY), Toby Roth (R-WI), and Bill Schuette (R-MI). He started his career in the press office of U.S. Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN).

He is also an adjunct professor at The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, where he teaches public relations and government communications courses. Frank previously taught corporate communications and negotiations/bargaining in the MBA and graduate marketing programs at Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School. He also serves as guest lecturer on communications and environment and energy issues for several academic programs, including Northwestern’s Medill School for Journalism, The American University, New York University, the College of William and Mary, Rutgers, Colorado, Florida Atlantic and Syracuse Universities.

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Johns Hopkins University,
Master of Business Administration
Hillsdale College,
Bachelor of Arts


National Press Club
Washington Automotive Press Association



Can Glasgow Conference Produce Results?

November 5, 2021
SiriusXM Radio

Sound On: Climate Exec Orders

January 28, 2021
Bloomberg Sound On

Sound On: Stimulus, Rep. Dusty Johnson

December 21, 2020
Bloomberg Sound On

Sound On: Biden Energy Policy

October 27, 2020
Bloomberg Radio

The confusing, wild world of science in the Trump era

January 27, 2017
Christian Science Monitor Online, The

King of the energy flacks

December 21, 2016
Environment & Energy Daily

Inside Trump's 'open mind' on climate change

December 10, 2016
Washington Examiner Online

Frank Maisano Earns His Media

September 8, 2015
Morning Consult

Environmental Poll? Buyers Beware

February 17, 2015
Morning Consult

Who Deserves Credit for Lower Prices at the Pump?

January 23, 2015
Atlantic Online, The

Ocean energy bureau gets new director

December 18, 2014
FuelFix - Houston Chronicle

Hazy political future for Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein

November 10, 2014
Desert Sun - Online, The

The new landscape of lobbying

June 2, 2014
Washington Post Online, The

Spike in rail accidents fuel push to build Keystone XL pipeline

January 26, 2014
Washington Times Communities - Online

Harry Reid's Power Line

January 22, 2014
National Journal

Unlikely alliance in Green Tea mix

November 15, 2013
Chicago Tribune

EPA Proposes Pollution Regulations For New Power Plants

September 24, 2013
North American WINDPOWER - Online

Windmill man optimistic about the future

July 16, 2013
Hill Online, The

China poised to top U.S. as top oil buyer

March 14, 2013
Washington Times Online



Prepping for CFIUS: Understanding and Managing Foreign Investments in the U.S.

October 9, 2012

In late September 2012, the Obama Administration blocked plans by a Chinese company to build wind projects in Oregon, citing national security considerations due to the close proximity of a U.S. Navy site near the proposed site. This recent order to cease activity related to the wind projects was the result of a review process by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). CFIUS is a federal inter-agency committee that is charged with reviewing the national security implications of foreign investments in U.S. companies or operations. With the cross-border nature of many...

Top 12 Energy Issues for '12

January 9, 2012

With the 2012 election year upon us, it promises to be an interesting year in energy politics and policy. Here are 12 (really 13 because of some creative headline writing) issues that will keep the sector hopping this year. 1. Keystone Cops - The biggest energy story of the first quarter without a doubt will be the Keystone pipeline. Not only has this issue blossomed into a larger-than-reality political issue, the President has seemingly been boxed into a corner on the issue that will force him to choose between two major constituencies - labor and environmentalists - just after he thought he...

Offshore Winds Blowing in New Directions

October 18, 2011

In the aftermath of the offshore wind industry's recently completed annual get-together in Baltimore last week, there are many signs of success on the ocean blue's horizon. While those possibilities shine brightly in a number of key areas, the industry is also facing some difficult challenges. First, the good news. The industry still continues to grow broadly in terms of people developing, constructing and looking to invest in wind projects and its related industrial activity. The conference in Baltimore again had a near-record turnout for an industry that still has yet to build a project in...

New York DEC Issues Draft Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations

October 5, 2011

Last week, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation released its draft regulations for hydraulic fracturing. These are based on the agency's revised draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement issued last month. The proposed regulations include a prohibition on drilling on state-owned land such as wildlife management areas and game farms; a permitting requirement to refracture wells that have already been drilled; and specifications for well spacings. The comment period closes December 12th. It is understood from media reports that no permits for fracking will be...

Despite Delay, EPA Still Set to Release GHG Draft Rule

September 20, 2011

As has been well reported, EPA will miss its September 30 deadline for releasing its draft rule on utility-focused greenhouse gas emissions. While a new deadline has not yet been announced for the rule, which focuses on reducing emissions from oil refineries and power plants, EPA administrator Lisa Jackson stated that reducing greenhouse gas emissions in power plants is still a priority for the agency, and that a new schedule for the rulemaking will be released shortly. Bracewell & Giuliani partner Lisa Jaeger, a former EPA General Counsel who worked on GHG rules at the agency, told the...

Luminant to Close Coal Plants Due to EPA Rule

September 12, 2011

Despite facing clear reliability problems because of record temperatures in Texas, Luminant said today they will close facilities to comply with EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, which will cause the loss of approximately 500 jobs. The rule, which EPA released earlier this summer, requires Texas power generators to make dramatic reductions in emissions beginning January 1, 2012. While the company is making preparations to meet the rule's compliance deadline, this morning it also filed a legal challenge in an effort to protect facilities and employees, and to minimize the harm this rule...

Interior Department Proposes Guidelines for Protecting Wildlife from Wind Energy Development

May 9, 2011

Fossil fuels are under fire from opponents of hydraulic fracturing in the gas drilling process or, in coal's case, everything from mountaintop mining to mercury emissions. And now with the crisis in Japan, nuclear power is facing new challenges. Of course that leaves renewables such as solar, hydro and wind. Wind power itself has been one of the bright spots in the electricity sector. But recently, many projects have faced significant challenges over financing, viewshed issues and wildlife. Yet despite these woes and a new documentary film making a " Gasland "-like run through film festivals...

More Power to the Water

April 13, 2011

Power from water is again in the news as the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee moves forward on measures to increase hydropower and improve the impact of energy development on water resources. As well, the national trade group representing the hydropower industry, which includes many municipal utilities, held its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., last week, and the excitement among the industry players was palpable. Despite past concerns about costs, land use and water resources, there is a real opportunity to expand America's hydropower resources and create good jobs. There are...

New Congress Expected to Meet Pent Up Demand for Energy Oversight

November 17, 2010

Pent up demand for oversight on both sides of the political aisle will drive a trend for renewed Congressional oversight in the upcoming term in 2011, notably in the energy and environmental sectors. In a recent video interview, Scott Segal, head of the Government Relations and Strategic Communications practices at Bracewell & Giuliani in Washington, D.C., discusses the prospects renewed Congressional oversight and why it's important.

What's in Store for Energy in DC?: A Post-Election Analysis

November 5, 2010

Today, Bracewell & Giuliani's government relations team issued its analysis of the 2010 mid-term elections. While the analysis covers a broad range of topics of interest to business and manufacturing, the presentation singles out key areas within the energy sector, including energy and environmental policy , industrial owners and operators , offshore energy development and renewable energy . To view the entire presentation, click here .



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