Athena Velie Eastwood

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Athena Y. Velie
Occupation Special Counsel
Employer Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Location Washington, D.C.

Athena Y. Velie is a special counsel at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, LLP in their Washington, DC offices.[1][2]

Her work at Cadwalader includes representing financial institutions, hedge funds, energy and commodity companies, agricultural cooperatives and trade associations in a wide variety of commodity and derivatives regulatory, legislative and compliance matters.


Previously, she was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of McDermott Will & Emery, practicing in the firm's Energy and Derivatives Markets Group. [3]

Here experience includes drafting and negotiating agreements involving a wide range of commodities, including emissions allowances, renewable energy credits, coal, natural gas, power and agricultural products.

Eastwood is a member of the drafting committees of the ISDA Emissions Trading Working Group and the ISDA Coal Trading Working Group; the ABA's Committee on Regulation of Futures and Derivatives Instruments; and various climate change committees of the ABA's Section on Science and Technology.


Eastwood holds a juris doctor degree from University of Virginia School of Law. Additionally, she holds a bachelor of arts from Georgetown University in history. She graduated from Georgetown Magna Cum Laude.

At the University of Virginia Law School she served as executive editor of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal.

She was a semifinalist in the Lile Moot Court Competition and was awarded regional best oralist in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition.

Prior to law school, Eastwood was a United States Page for the Honorable Gerald B. Solomon, and served as an intern for Senator John Warner on Capitol Hill.