Joseph Bell has more than 35 years of experience in the energy field, domestically and internationally. He has been involved in a wide variety of business and financial transactions, including project financing of energy facilities, and has been a leading regulatory advocate for the introduction of competition into the natural gas and electricity markets.

In recent years he has provided advice with regard to oil and mining policy in a number of developing countries, working in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. This advice has extended to tax and royalty policies, stabilization agreements, and other economic issues related to large concessions. He has also advised with respect to the establishment of petroleum revenue management funds and general issues of transparency and governance.

Prior to joining Hogan & Hartson, Joe was Assistant General Counsel in the Federal Energy Administration responsible for international matters. He also was previously on the faculty at the Duke Law School and the Duke Public Policy Institute. Earlier, he was an attorney in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Justice Department and a staff member of the Cabinet Task Force on Oil Import Control. He also worked as an economist on domestic and international tax policy issues at the U.S. Treasury.