Mike Nasi is a partner at Jackson Walker, a Texas-based law firm where he specializes in environmental and energy law. He also serves as special counsel for the Southern States Energy Board (SSEB) and is considered “a top lawyer for coal companies,” as the New York Times refers to him.
In his role at Jackson Walker, Nasi has conducted a number of webinars about ESG and has lobbied for anti-ESG bills on behalf of various organizations in several states.
In West Virginia, Nasi testified in favor of SB 262 in 2022, speaking on behalf of the Life:Powered project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF). In his testimony, he noted that he had also been in contact with the West Virginia Coal Association about the legislation. In Indiana, he lobbied on behalf of Reliable Energy in 2022 as a proponent of the state’s proposed anti-ESG legislation HB 1224.
In his testimony in West Virginia, Nasi claims to have been heavily involved in the process of drafting the original anti-ESG legislation in Texas. He also helped develop a model anti-ESG bill “in conjunction with several different states” and has worked with Republican attorneys general Ken Paxton (Texas) and Patrick Morrissey (West Virginia) to advance legal arguments against the federal Clean Air Act, one of the country’s first environmental protection laws—passed in 1963 to control air pollution.
Nasi holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.