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Energy & Natural Resources


Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.

Energy & Natural Resources - Nationwide

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include DC, Houston, Dallas, New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

What the team is known for Well-rounded electricity regulatory practice that advises clients on FERC and North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) matters. Home to many former FERC staffers with experience in organized markets, investigations, litigation and the regulatory aspects of power infrastructure transactions and development. The oil and gas group advises throughout the energy supply chain on matters such as E&P, MLP issues, private equity transactions and capital markets work. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We get great support from the partners and I have been very impressed with the associates, who have been very capable and hard-working."

"They are knowledgeable, appropriately aggressive, very communicative and also able to accomplish a lot with a small, focused team."

"I have been impressed with the depth and breadth of the experience of this team, and the quality of its work."

What's new? The oil and gas group has grown in the last year with the addition of upstream M&A lawyer Michael Byrd. 

Work highlights Advised Morgan Stanley Capital on a proposal by PacifiCorp and the California Independent System Operator to create a new electricity imbalance market.

Represented EP Energy in connection with its divestiture of $1.4 billion US oil and gas assets.

Acted for Panda Power on the regulatory aspects of the development of a gas-fired power station in Maryland.

Advised Crestwood Midstream Partners on its merger with Inergy.

Notable practitioners  

Suedeen Kelly is a former FERC commissioner whose recent work includes advising clients on Independent System Operator (ISO) market rules disputes and electricity transmission cost allocation litigation. Sources appreciate her knowledge of the industry and her "ability to put herself in the client's shoes and see things from their perspective."

Cynthia Marlette is a former general counsel of FERC who, according to market commentators, "knows everything about FERC electricity policy." One client enthused: "She is a known entity within the FERC legal community and there is a feeling that if Cindy thinks it is a good idea it must be fine."

Upstream oil and gas transactional attorney Michael Byrd joined the firm in 2014. He acted for Nebraska Alliance Resources on its sale of 67,000 acres of exploratory leasehold in Nebraska to Century Exploration Resources. Sources say: "He is experienced and he is intense about doing a good job while still reasonable to deal with."

Christine LaFollette is managing partner of the firm's Houston office. She is an experienced capital markets lawyer who regularly advises clients in the oil and gas space, particularly in connection with MLP matters. Sources describe her as "an excellent, seasoned public company lawyer who knows her way around the oil patch." 

Carrie Hill Allen is the former general counsel of an IPP, and is praised by sources for her knowledge of the PJM and New England ISO markets. Clients appreciate her in-house experience, with one saying: "She will give you good advice and tell you when your side or position won't prevail, and counsel you about how to deal with those situations." 

George Cannon advises clients on the regulatory aspects of power project development, and is adept at handling matters before FERC and the DOE. Sources say: "He approaches things in a very measured and logical way, and he doesn't get flustered by anything problematic."

Significant clients FirstEnergy, Calpine, New York Independent System Operator, Memorial Production Partners, Anadarko Petroleum. 

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include DC, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York.

What the team is known for Power regulatory team that acts for a diverse client base, including ISOs, investor-owned utilities, private equity funds, developers and municipalities. Represents clients before state regulatory bodies and FERC, and in the appellate courts.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"Very capable, very knowledgeable and very good at presenting complex policy problems."

Work highlights Advised FirstEnergy in FERC and appellate proceedings to challenge transmission cost allocations in the PJM market.

Acted for California ISO on the development of an energy imbalance market. 

Notable practitioners  

Kenneth Jaffe is a respected regulatory attorney and litigator whose clients include the California ISO and a number of utilities and project developers. Sources describe him as "a master of the subject matter." He is noted as a strong litigator with a "conversational" courtroom manner, which observers describe as an "effective approach."

Sean Atkins has an electricity regulatory practice that includes advising on market issues, transmission development and regulatory compliance. Sources say: "He is very levelheaded, he thinks outside the box and he is good at organizing things and reviewing other folks' work."

Significant clients Riverstone Holdings, National Grid, Topaz Power, EDF Renewable Energy, Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia. 

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include DC, Houston, Dallas and New York.

What the team is known for Full-service oil and gas practice with strength in transactional and regulatory matters. Represents energy companies and private equity groups in acquisitions and financings in the oil and gas upstream and midstream sectors. Acts for natural gas pipeline companies on a range of matters before FERC. Advises power generators, electricity end users, transmission companies and regional transmission organizations (RTOs) in relation to FERC compliance, investigations and litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very well respected within the industry for both FERC regulatory and midstream matters."

"The work has been impeccable, as has the service."  

Work highlights Acted for Great Lakes Gas Transmission in relation to rate cases.

Represented South Florida Hospital & Healthcare Association in a utility rate case.

Represented FourPoint Energy in its acquisition of oil and gas assets in the West Anadarko Basin.  

Advised Midcontinent ISO (MISO) on a number of FERC matters.

Acted for American Energy Partners in the formation of American Energy Utica and American Energy Ohio Holdings, and the acquisition of 110,000 acres of leasehold in the Utica shale.

Represented Portland Natural Gas Transmission System in two rate cases.

Notable practitioners  

Michael O'Leary is a securities and M&A attorney with a well-established reputation in the US oil and gas industry. Sources describe him as "an excellent oil and gas transactional lawyer, with real gravitas."

Mark Sundback acts for natural gas pipeline companies on regulatory matters. His work includes rate cases before FERC, regulatory compliance, and advice on developing new pipelines. A pleased client said: "Mark has an incredible breadth of industry knowledge; he is a fantastic writer and a great litigator."

Kenneth Wiseman is a regulatory attorney who advises clients on natural gas and electricity issues. His clients include interstate natural gas pipeline companies, energy storage companies and power generation companies. Sources say: "He has practiced a long time, he knows his way around, and he knows the agency practice well and he's good at it."

Thomas Bateman is an experienced oil and gas lawyer with a practice that takes in upstream, midstream and downstream deals in the USA and overseas.

Shemin Proctor is a regulatory lawyer who acts for oil and gas pipeline companies in proceedings before FERC. An impressed client said: "She can engage us in debate and think through the realities of achieving success, then turn out a work product that is compelling and advocates what we have decided is the right approach." 

Significant clients Bison Pipeline, Tennessee Gas Pipeline, Kansas Corporation Commission, Quantum Utility Generation, Harbinger Group. 

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include: New York, DC, Houston, Austin and Dallas.

What the team is known for Renowned energy firm with capable power and oil and gas transactional and regulatory teams. Consistently handles major transactions in the oil and gas industry, heavily involved in the US shale boom and also active on international deals. Advises oil companies on oil pipeline rate issues before FERC and state commissions. Acts for clients on major transactions in the power space, including public company M&A and the acquisition of electricity generation and retail assets. Counsels electricity utilities and developers on the regulatory aspects of transactions, RTO issues, matters before the FERC and Dodd-Frank act matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is very experienced and has significant knowledge of current industry issues as well as knowing the history and background around prior transactions. They bring a very good and commercial perspective to our business and help get transactions done."

"We would hire them again in a second. It was a pleasure working with people like that – it made what could have been an insurmountable burden a pleasure." 

"They did a great job. They were leanly staffed, very responsive, and very sharp and quick."

"The work is excellent. They are very knowledgeable, they have a great chemistry with us and they make an effort to complement the in-house team. Baker Botts has never been a firm to overwork or overstaff matters; it's very sensitive to clients' needs in terms of budgets and staffing levels."

Work highlights Advised NRG Energy on its acquisition of Dominion Resources’ Electric Retail Business for $165 million.

Counseled Lake Erie Power on the regulatory aspects of the development of a transmission line from the US - Canada border to Pennsylvania.

Represented a group of shippers in relation to their challenge to charges on the SFPP pipeline.

Represented The Energy and Minerals Group in the acquisition of acreage in the Permian Basin and the Utica Shale.

Acted for Barclays Capital as financial advisers to Exelon in its acquisition of Pepco.

Represented MISO Transmission Owners in regulatory proceedings related to transmission charges.

Acted for Crosstex Energy on its midstream joint venture with Devon Energy.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Eastment is regarded as a leading litigator in the oil and gas pipeline regulatory world. He focuses on representing oil and gas shippers before FERC and state commissions, and in the DC Circuit Court. Sources say: "He is strategic, client-oriented and very knowledgeable, and he has a very good sense of litigation dynamics." 

William Lamb centers his practice on advising public and private companies on transactions in the electricity sector. Clients describe his level of experience as "really remarkable," with one saying: "You can't stump him – he's got experience with every issue that comes up. He's very calm and reassuring, and he doesn't oversell or overtalk a point."

Elaine Walsh acts for clients on transactional and regulatory matters in the electricity space. She is particularly noted for her in-depth knowledge of energy trading matters. Sources appreciate her breadth of experience, with one noting: "She brings a deep regulatory knowledge that not every M&A lawyer has." Another added: "Her strong suit is being practical and pragmatic, identifying the big issues and coming up with solutions that aren't necessarily obvious."

Hugh Tucker is an experienced energy partner who advises clients on transactions in the oil and gas and petrochemical arenas. He acted for Polygon Investments in relation to its role as investment adviser to the Pacific LNG Group in its sale of a gas field in Papua New Guinea.

Brooksany Barrowes represents energy companies and commodity trading companies in regulatory and litigation matters related to FERC, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the SEC. She advised Blackstone Management Partners on the regulatory aspects of its acquisition of a portfolio of natural-gas fired power generation assets for $685 million. One impressed industry source said: "She is very high quality, she has a great work ethic, she has a good knowledge base to draw from and she is a strategic thinker."

Joshua Davidson is recognized by market sources for his leading MLP practice, and notably acted for the underwriters in Plains GP Holdings' $3.2 billion IPO. Sources say: "He has a tremendous depth of knowledge around energy broadly and MLPs specifically."

Significant clients CenterPoint Energy, Phillips 66, Sasol North America, Schlumberger, AES. 

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Birmingham, Alabama.

What the team is known for Nuclear practice that is heavily involved in the development of one of the first new nuclear plants in the USA for more than 30 years. Offers expertise in advising clients on issues such as licensing, reaction to regulatory enforcement actions and investigations, spent fuel litigation and new reactor design issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are all exceptionally knowledgeable in their primary area and generally have a good deal of knowledge in most areas relevant to my company's core business concerns, as well as being diligent, approachable, and understandable."

"High-quality people, deep industry knowledge, and really good communications and interactions with our team."

Notable practitioners  

Stanford Blanton is a well-respected partner who is noted for his knowledge of nuclear licensing and regulatory issues. An industry source said: "He is acutely aware of the political scene as well as being able to do the straight legal work, and he has a very keen appreciation for context."

Peter LeJeune acts for clients on regulatory and commercial matters in the nuclear power sphere. Pleased clients said: "He is a great detail guy; he understands the nuances of the case," and he is a "responsive, creative thinker with strong interpersonal skills."

Significant clients Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, Entergy. 

Basic facts about the department
Key office locations include New York, DC and Houston.

What the team is known for Strong energy firm recognized for its transactional and regulatory practices in the oil and gas and power spaces. Respected oil and gas group advises oil companies and oilfield services companies on transactions with upstream and midstream issues. Handles regulatory work for oil and gas pipeline companies, oilfield services and LNG export companies, including FERC, CFTC and DOE issues. Acts for electricity utilities and private equity groups on M&A and the acquisition and divestiture of electricity generation, transmission and retail assets. Well-regarded electricity regulatory practice that advises electricity generators, transmission companies and trading companies on FERC and CFTC matters.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very knowledgeable in the power industry and they take a very practical and proactive approach to protecting their client's position."

"Very responsive and eager to assist, they are good team players and they let their work speak for itself."

"We continue to be impressed with the firm’s strength in a number of practice areas. Factors such as technical capabilities and knowledge of the law, integration among practice groups on matters, bench depth, and collegiality are big contributors to this impression."

"They give excellent, responsive service and are thorough, and we rely heavily on their subject matter expertise."

Work highlights Acted for JP Morgan Ventures Energy on the regulatory aspects of the $3.5 billion sale of its trading book to Mercuria Energy Group.

Represented Duke Energy in the sale of its Midwestern electricity generation business.

Advised Kinder Morgan on regulatory and commercial aspects of the development of natural gas pipelines.

Acted for Apache on the sale of its Gulf of Mexico Shelf assets to Fieldwood Energy for $3.75 billion.

Advised American Electric Power on regulatory compliance for its wholesale electricity business.

Notable practitioners  

John Klauberg is a transactional lawyer with a great deal of experience in electric power M&A. He acted for Integrys Energy Group on its sale of Upper Peninsula Power to Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Partners for $300 million. One client enthused: "He looks at the strategic vision of the company and he can see the pros and cons on both sides of the transaction."

Alan Rafte is a well-regarded energy lawyer who focuses on transactions in the upstream and midstream oil and gas spaces. In a recent deal he represented Apache Corporation in its $800 million disposition of Argentine assets to YPF. Sources say: "He is a deal lawyer; he knows his job is to make progress and get a deal done."

Charles Shoneman is a natural gas lawyer who handles DOE and FERC regulatory matters relating to ratemaking, regulatory enforcement and investigations, and the development of gas infrastructure. Sources say he is "extremely experienced, personable and practically focused."

Mark Lewis heads the firm's DC office, where he practices oil and gas pipeline regulatory law. Clients praise his "solid business perspective," and say: "He is very commercially minded and he understands the financial drivers."

James McAnelly is a well-regarded upstream oil and deal lawyer. His recent highlights include representing Kinder Morgan Energy Partners in its acquisition of the Goldsmith-Landreth unit in the Permian Basin for $285 million. A source said: "When you do a deal with him he understands the needs of both sides and he attempts to address those concerns using his good working knowledge of the industry."

Catherine McCarthy is an electricity lawyer who has a "comprehensive knowledge of FERC regulatory matters." She handles transmission matters, transactional support work, regulatory investigations, and RTO and ISO matters. "She is very practical and able to distil complex matters to their essence and convey this clearly," said one interviewee.

Ryan Holcomb is a transactional lawyer who has "a wealth of experience in energy and power." He acted for Rockland Capital on its acquisition of a 25% interest in the Eagle Point Generation Facility in New Jersey. One client said: "He is extremely commercial and very easy to work with, and he has good ideas and is solution-oriented."

Kirstin Gibbs is an oil and gas lawyer who is well respected in the market for her work on gaining regulatory approval for LNG projects. She acted for Sunoco Logistics on the regulatory aspects of oil pipeline development projects. Sources say: "She is a great LNG lawyer and a good oil and gas lawyer with a well-spread practice."

Deanna King is a highly skilled litigator who acts for clients in regulatory and civil litigation in the electricity space. Sources say she is "incredibly hard-working, very smart and very responsive, with good judgment and great people skills, and she's good at managing a client."

Paul Fox is an electricity regulatory lawyer and litigator who handles work for US and Canadian clients before FERC and the DOE. Sources say: "He is extremely knowledgeable, he knows all the players, he is very strategic and responsive, and he keeps things light in stressful situations."

Kirk Morgan practices regulatory law for oil and gas clients. His work includes acting for clients in relation to oil and gas pipeline development projects, LNG export projects and regulatory approval for transactions.

Significant clients John Hancock Life Insurance Company, Plum Point Energy Associates, Chesapeake Energy, ConocoPhillips, Covanta Energy. 

Basic facts about the department
Key office locations include DC, New York and Houston.

What the team is known for Respected energy regulatory practice handling electricity and oil and gas work. Clients include energy trading companies and financial institutions. Noted for its representation of clients in CFTC and FERC regulatory matters and investigations. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"In terms of the CFTC, they are a premier firm. It is the level of expertise - they have some partners who are former CFTC litigators and some partners in the group who are former state regulators." 

"What impresses me is their knowledge, expertise and efficiency."

Work highlights Advised various clients on FERC and CFTC regulatory and enforcement actions.

Acted for Third Planet Windpower on interconnection and FERC regulatory issues related to the development of wind projects.

Counseled Danskammer Energy and Mercuria Energy Trading on the regulatory approvals needed to sell power at market-based rates.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Pantano focuses on representing energy trading clients in CFTC regulatory and enforcement matters. A source said: "He has distinguished himself as a particularly adroit counsel in the area of CFTC and Dodd Frank policy implementation." One satisfied client added: "He is very versatile and intelligent, and has a very balanced perspective on decision making."

Gregory Mocek is a former head of CFTC enforcement who focuses on advising clients facing regulatory investigations and prosecutions. Sources praise his "encyclopedic knowledge of the CFTC."

Significant clients Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, EDF Trading.

Basic facts about the department
Located in Houston.

What the team is known for Well-regarded oil pipeline regulatory boutique that advises oil pipeline companies on issues such as FERC and state-level rate hearings, pipeline development matters and regulatory compliance.

What's new? Henry May joined the firm from Vinson & Elkins in 2014. 

Notable practitioners  

Charles Caldwell is an experienced litigator who represents oil pipeline clients in matters before FERC and in the appellate courts. Sources describe him as a "very good advocate" with a "really good depth of knowledge in oil pipeline regulation." 

Dean Lefler has an oil pipeline practice that includes representing clients in rate cases and development matters, and in connection with open seasons. Sources say he is "a great guy and a great lawyer."

Bert Tabor has long been established as a leader at the oil pipeline Bar. He has handled many matters before FERC and is particularly noted for his extensive work in Alaska. Sources appreciate his great experience and say that he "has one of the best Rolodexes in the business."

Henry May joined the firm in 2014 as a special counsel. He has a great deal of experience representing clients in relation to natural gas pipeline development projects, rate proceedings and appellate litigation. Sources see him as "one of the deans of the Bar." 

Basic facts about the department
Key office locations include New York, DC and Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Acts for clients in the electricity field in relation to M&A and the acquisition and divestiture of power assets. Transactions handled by the team include the acquisition of conventional and renewable electricity generation assets and electricity transmission infrastructure.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is well rounded from the partner level to the associate level, with depth in particular specialty areas necessary to provide holistic service on transactions in project finance and M&A, where we utilize it most."

Notable practitioners  

Charles Hord is a corporate partner who advises clients on M&A and acquisition and divestiture in the power space. Sources praise him as a talented and efficient attorney.

Robert Shapiro has a hybrid practice that covers energy regulatory work, project development and finance. Sources say: "He has a very nice style - very low key but also very good in terms of his ability to get results for his client."

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and DC.

What the team is known for Respected corporate mining practice that acts for an impressive array of international mining companies. Handles mining M&A, capital markets work and corporate securities matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have worked incredibly hard to know what we want and how we think. They provide top-draw legal advice and have very strong lawyers. Their partners go the extra mile and are incredibly proactive."

"They're always first class and always deliver on time, even with very tight schedules. They are very practical, pragmatic, smart and hard-working, and they charge reasonable fees." 

"They were always pushing the deal forward and coming up with creative ideas and solutions, and they provided really solid advice."

Work highlights Represented BHP Billiton in the sale of its Pinto Valley mining operation in Arizona.

Acted for Chilean copper producer Codelco on two 144A/Reg S offerings, worth $950 million and $750 million.

Notable practitioners 

New York-based Jeffrey Lewis is a key contact.

Significant clients Alcoa, Codelco, ArcelorMittal, Alpha Natural Resources, Vale.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and DC.

What the team is known for Electricity regulatory group that is particularly well regarded for its FERC and CFTC enforcement work. Represents electricity utilities in relation to FERC matters and is heavily involved in industry policy issues.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Excellent. They're well versed in complex matters and very knowledgeable of appropriate regulatory practices." 

"We're very pleased - they have rapid response, and are thorough and extremely helpful."

Work highlights Advised an electricity trader in relation to a FERC investigation.

Acted for Public Service Enterprise Group on issues such as market-based rates and transmission matters at FERC.

Notable practitioners  

Electricity regulatory lawyer William Massey was a FERC commissioner prior to going into private practice. He is known in the market for his work with the COMPETE coalition, and for his FERC and CFTC enforcement defense practice. Sources say: "He has helped build relationships with the regulators so we get a more constructive answer and are able to find a more practical solution."

Richard Meserve has an illustrious resume that includes a period as chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), a long track record in private practice and a PhD in applied physics. Sources appreciate his technical and policy leadership in the industry, and describe him as "absolutely brilliant."

Since publication Mark Perlis has joined the firm from Davis Wright Tremaine. Perlis is a well-respected electricity regulatory lawyer and litigator. He acts for clients on FERC and state regulatory matters, including enforcement investigations, market structuring and interconnection matters. One impressed peer said: "When I read his pleadings I think: 'I wish I could write like that'."

Significant clients Exelon, LS Power, KKR, First Wind, Comverge.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include DC and San Francisco.

What the team is known for Electricity regulatory practice that acts for IPPs, utilities, developers and state bodies. Experienced in handling administrative litigation, FERC investigation and enforcement matters, FERC Order 1000 work, NERC issues, and transmission and interconnection matters. The team includes former federal and state commission lawyers.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A very knowledgeable and reliable group that we can rely on to help us navigate through complex federal energy regulations."

"They are problem-solvers; they don't rely on pure legal strategy and they understand business needs."

What's new? Frank Lindh and Nancy Saracino joined the firm from the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Independent System Operator, respectively.

Work highlights Represented Competitive Power Ventures in litigation against the Maryland Public Service Commission alleging that the Commission had breached the supremacy clause of the US Constitution.

Acted for Murphy Flat Power in litigation at state level and before FERC in order to enforce its rights under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act.

Advised the Solar Energy Industries Association in FERC rulemaking proceedings related to the process for small solar plants to connect to the electricity grid.   

Notable practitioners  

Larry Eisenstat is an electricity regulatory lawyer who sources say is "exceptionally familiar with the history of energy law policy." Interviewees note his ability as a litigator and say: "He is a tenacious advocate for his client, while also seeking out reasonable opportunities to settle a matter."

Richard Lehfeldt is praised by sources for his knowledge of electricity policy issues. Before entering private practice he held government posts and was an in-house lawyer for an electricity company. Sources say he is "very effective" and "exceptionally thoughtful."

Jennifer Waters is a regulatory attorney who acts for natural gas and oil clients on administrative litigation matters. Her recent work includes representing Kinetica Partners in receiving FERC regulatory approval to create a new natural gas pipeline company.

Significant clients Maxim Power, Matanuska Electric Association, Renewable Energy Systems America, Pathfinder Renewable Wind Energy, GDF SUEZ Energy North America.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Hartford, New York and DC. 

What the team is known for Regulatory practice that acts for clients on matters such as civil and administrative litigation, FERC enforcement actions, ISO issues and FERC Order 1000 work. Particularly highly regarded for work in relation to ISO New England.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their timeframes for turnaround are very fast, they are efficient in the way that they bill, and they can apply the regulations to real-world scenarios."

"They are steeped in the issues – they know what is going on, what the nuances are and how to create a good argument; from an administrative, technical and legal point of view they do a really good job."

Work highlights Acted for the Attorney General of the State of California in litigation focused on gaining refunds on power sold by entities in the Pacific Northwest during the California power crisis of 2000-01.

Advised the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL), the group representing stakeholders in the New England RTO, on proposed changes to the capacity market in New England. 

Notable practitioners  

Sources praise David Doot as a "really top-notch regulatory legal attorney." He acts for a diverse range of clients, including utilities, developers, transmission companies and electricity end users. Sources say: "He is a great guy, a really good attorney, really responsive and a good coalition builder."

Gerald Garfield is an experienced nuclear lawyer with an excellent reputation in the industry. His practice includes assisting clients with investigations, transactions, regulatory licensing and operational issues.

Paul Belval focuses on M&A, finance and the acquisition and divestiture of renewable and conventional electricity generating assets and electricity infrastructure. Sources say: "He is extremely intelligent and his work product is top-notch. He is a strong negotiator, yet diplomatic. His advocacy is excellent."

Joseph Fagan is a regulatory attorney who handles electricity and natural gas matters. Sources note his knowledge of energy trading, RTO issues and market rules, and also highlight his knowledge of natural gas infrastructure issues. Clients say that Fagan is "responsive, thoughtful and a good strategic thinker."

William Baker is an experienced corporate lawyer who focuses on advising clients in the electricity industry. He is particularly adept at handling financing and securities matters in the utility arena.

Significant clients NextEra Energy Resources, National Grid, Exelon, Dominion Resources, Enbala Power Networks.  

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include DC, New Orleans, Kansas City, New York.

What the team is known for Power regulatory group with expertise in areas such as transactional support, FERC investigations and enforcement, project development matters, civil and administrative litigation, and RTO issues. Acts for a diverse client base, including investor-owned utilities, municipalities, public power entities, cooperatives and energy trading companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're dedicated to the client, have great knowledge, and are experience in getting the job done."

"Depth and breadth of knowledge together with a willingness and ability to share the knowledge; strong advocacy when needed as well as an ability to collaborate to achieve goals; responsive and reliable."

Work highlights Acts as outside counsel to the City of New Orleans City Council in relation to electricity utility regulation and FERC matters.

Represented Navopache Electric Cooperative in FERC litigation related to the Public Service Company of New Mexico's proposed transmission formula rates.

Advised EnerNOC on FERC cases relating to the participation of demand-response providers in the PJM and ISO New England markets.

Notable practitioners  

Stuart Caplan handles work related to RTO rules, transmission issues, transactional support, and FERC investigations and enforcement actions. Clients praise his excellent "grasp of sophisticated utility issues and regulatory concepts," and say he is "well informed and extremely methodical in his approach." 

Experienced regulatory lawyer Clinton Vince is "gifted and knowledgeable about the electric power sector," say interviewees. He is particularly well regarded for his work with municipalities.

Significant clients City of New Orleans City Council, GE Financial Services, Kansas City Power & Light, Capital Power, Hess Newark Energy Center.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Houston, New York, Chicago and DC.

What the team is known for Oil and gas group handling upstream, midstream and downstream transactions, financing matters and commodity sale and purchase agreements. Clients include energy traders, E&P companies, private equity groups, and national and international oil companies. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team worked together to make the process go extremely smoothly."

Work highlights Acted for Oasis Petroleum on its $1.5 billion purchase of assets in the Bakken shale.

Represented EDF Trading North America in the sale of its crude oil logistics and marketing business for $65.8 million.

Assisted BP with the sale of West Coast downstream assets for $2.4 billion.  

Notable practitioners  

Jack Langlois is a deal lawyer who "lives and breathes the oil and gas sector." Sources say: "He is experienced and efficient, he is very detail-oriented and he seeks a very high level of quality in his documents."

The "extremely knowledgeable" Lee Alexander is a regulatory lawyer who focuses on representing natural gas pipelines, natural gas shippers, energy trading companies and oil pipeline companies.

Significant clients Petrobras America, Saudi Basic Industries.  

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Houston, Austin and Dallas.

What the team is known for Oil and gas group that acts for clients on upstream, midstream and downstream transactions and joint ventures. Active on US offshore and onshore matters, and throughout Latin America.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A super law firm; truly outstanding."

Work highlights Acted for Jay-Bee Production on its sale of Marcellus and Utica Shale assets for $600 million.

Represented BP Exploration and Production in its sale of oil and gas interests in the Gulf of Mexico for $250 million.

Notable practitioners  

Doug Eyberg is a corporate and transactional attorney with an excellent following in the oil and gas industry. According to sources, he is "smart and always friendly and amiable, easy to get along with, steady and responsive."

Larry Stevens acts for oil and gas companies and private equity groups on corporate and transactional matters. Clients say: "He brings a wealth of transactional experience to the table."

Significant clients Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, Lime Rock Resources, Southcross Energy.  

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and DC.

What the team is known for Handles public company M&A, acquisition and divestitures, and financing work in the power arena. Active on transactions related to utilities, gas-fired and renewable generation facilities and transmission assets.  

Work highlights Acted for Berkshire Hathaway Energy on its $10.5 billion acquisition of NV Energy.

Notable practitioners  

William Scherman is a former general counsel of FERC who handles natural gas and electricity matters. He is particularly noted for the strength of his FERC enforcement practice. Sources describe him as a "very smart, creative guy", and single him out as the lawyer of choice "if you want to be aggressive and fight hard."

Peter Hanlon has a transactional practice that focuses on M&A and corporate and securities matters in the power arena. He advised Evercore as the financial adviser to Pattern Energy's conflicts committee in connection with the acquisition of wind farms.

Nicholas Politan handles M&A and projects work in the electricity industry, and is particularly well regarded for his work in the renewable energy space.

William Hollaway is a regulatory lawyer who acts for electricity clients in FERC proceedings and in relation to transactions and project development. He advised Tres Amigas on a planned project to connect the electricity grids of the East Coast, West Coast and Texas.

Significant clients Orion Renewable Energy, Saguaro Power, Energy Future Holdings, Edison Mission Energy, Sempra Energy. 

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Houston and DC.

What the team is known for Regulatory practice with a good reputation for its work with natural gas pipeline clients. Handles a wide range of matters at state and federal level, including FERC litigation and industry policy issues.

Work highlights Represented the State of Alaska in connection with its efforts to promote the development of a natural gas pipeline linking Alaska's North Slope to a proposed LNG export terminal.

Acted for El Paso Natural Gas on a FERC ratemaking matter.

Notable practitioners  

Kenneth Minesinger represents natural gas pipeline clients in connection with pipeline development, rate cases and other FERC matters. "He does a good job focusing on the important part of issues and deals and not getting lost in the details," one source commented. 

Douglas Atnipp has a great deal of experience in the oil and gas industry, where he advises clients on transactions, financing and development matters.

Howard Nelson is a regulatory lawyer who focuses on representing natural gas pipeline clients in FERC matters. Sources say: "He is well versed in the history of the natural gas industry in the US."

Gregory Lawrence recently joined the firm from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. He focuses on representing clients in regulatory enforcement matters and investigations. He acts on CFTC and FERC cases and, according to sources, "he knows how regulators think."

Significant clients Kinder Morgan, Colorado Interstate Gas, Wyoming Interstate, Mojave Pipeline, Cheyenne Plains Gas Pipeline.     

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Denver, DC and New York.

What the team is known for Oil and gas team handling FERC, CFTC, DOE and state level matters in connection with natural gas pipelines, LNG export projects, energy trading companies and oil companies. Strong nuclear group with experience in NRC licensing and investigations, export control matters and DOE issues. Mining group acts on transactions, capital markets work and financing, both domestically and overseas.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They are excellent – both knowledgeable and practical, as well as responsive."

"Everyone I have dealt with at Hogan has been straight to the point, with no wasting time, getting the work done efficiently." 

"They are efficient and extremely knowledgeable, and I appreciate them as in-house counsel because they definitely have more of a client-focused, business-focused way of advising their clients." 

"Extremely high quality and incredibly responsive. They do a fantastic job and have incredible breadth of industry knowledge."

Work highlights Represented Royal Gold in connection with the amendment of a revolving credit facility.

Advised Northeast Utilities on obtaining a Presidential Permit for the development of a cross-border electricity transmission line between Quebec and New England.

Counseled Constellation Energy Nuclear Group on a wide variety of NRC issues.

Advised Delfin LNG on receiving DOE export authorization for a floating liquefaction project off Louisiana.   

Advised the government of Malawi on the negotiation of a mining concession.

Acted for NAC International on the NRC and DOE aspects of its acquisition by a subsidiary of Hitachi Zosen.

Notable practitioners  

Kevin Lipson represents clients in FERC, CFTC and state level regulatory litigation. His clients include natural gas pipeline and energy trading companies. Sources describe him as "a very good lawyer and an effective advocate."

Patrick Nevins is a regulatory lawyer who represents natural gas and oil pipeline companies and shippers. He is popular among clients and peers, one of whom noted that he is "completely committed to the client, tireless, bright and very effective."

Daniel Stenger is a leading nuclear lawyer praised for his ability to "anticipate and analyze NRC actions." An appreciative client said: "He is very knowledgeable, very elegant and very to-the-point."

Stefan Krantz handles FERC and state level regulatory work for natural gas pipeline companies, oil and gas marketers and natural gas storage companies. Sources say: "He is very smart, well versed in FERC regulation, very client-oriented and very responsive at all times."

International trade lawyer Ajay Kuntamukkala is recognized among interviewees for his work in the field of nuclear export and import control. Clients say: "He is knowledgeable, he maintains a good rapport with the import and export regulators, he is tactful and he writes well."

John Lilyestrom represents clients in FERC proceedings and before state and federal courts and commissions. Clients include electricity utilities, IPPs and power marketers. He was part of the team advising NV Energy on gaining regulatory approval for its $5.6 billion takeover by Mid-American Holdings.

Mary Anne Sullivan has a broad energy practice that includes assisting nuclear clients with policy and regulatory matters. Sources say: "She has great legal and practical insights as a former general counsel for the DOE."

Amy Roma draws on her government experience to advise clients on NRC issues. She handles regulatory and commercial matters for energy and non-energy clients in the nuclear space. Sources enthuse: "She is efficient and assertive, and she knows her stuff."

Significant clients TransCanada, JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration, Toshiba America Nuclear Energy, Entergy Nuclear, Metals USA Holdings.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Richmond, DC and New York.

What the team is known for Electricity regulatory group that acts for ISOs, transmission companies and energy trading companies. Handles issues such as FERC Order 1000 work, market rules issues and cyber security.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a broad client base and solid connections in Congress and with regulatory agencies." 

Notable practitioners  

Emmett Ellis represents banks and energy companies in capital markets deals. A pleased client said: "He is the calmest lawyer in any deal he works on, and he never gets anything wrong."

Michael Fitzpatrick handles capital market transactions on behalf of electricity utilities and financial institutions. Sources say: "He is very reasonable and understands both sides of the argument really well, and he makes deals run smoothly."

Peter O'Brien acts on capital markets deals involving power utilities, primarily focusing on representing underwriters. Sources describe him as straightforward and innovative, and note that "he knows how to get deals done, even the deals that can be quite hairy."

Donald Irwin is a nuclear lawyer who acts for the industry and government bodies on regulatory and commercial matters. A well-placed source said: "He understands the commission and he has really good judgment about the business of nuclear power."

Linda Walsh is an experienced regulatory lawyer who acts for electricity utilities and transmission companies. Her practice includes advising on FERC and NERC issues such as enforcement and compliance matters, market rules issues and rulemaking matters.

Significant clients New York ISO.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Houston, DC and New York.

What the team is known for Transactional and finance group that acts for electricity utilities and developers. Handles matters such as the acquisition of electricity generation assets, joint ventures and M&A.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Excellent work – complete, timely and very thorough." 

Work highlights Represented NRG Yield in the acquisition of a wind farm for $870 million.

Acted for Richland-Stryker Investment on its sale of an energy portfolio, which included a 444 MW gas-and-oil-fired unit and a 20 MW oil-fired unit in Ohio. 

Notable practitioners  

William Henze has a great deal of experience handling transactions for electricity utilities, developers and energy trading companies. Sources say he is "knowledgeable and always interested in finding workable solutions."

James Beh is a well-regarded electricity lawyer who is praised by sources for his knowledge of market design and market rules issues. Sources praise the clear, precise guidance he provides, and say that "he does a very good job managing a matter and working with a client's position."

Jason Leif's natural gas practice involves representing pipelines and LNG companies in FERC and CFTC matters. He acted for Alaska Gasline Development on a proposal to build a 700 mile natural gas pipeline in Alaska. Sources note his knowledge of the FERC, and that he is "very thoughtful and detail-oriented."

Significant clients Southern California Edison, OGE Energy, Xcel Energy, FirstEnergy, CenterPoint Energy.   

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include DC, Seattle and San Francisco.

What the team is known for Electricity practice that advises clients on regulatory matters connected with FERC, the DOJ, the FTC and state level regulatory bodies. Handles matters such as transactional support, project development, market rules issues and civil litigation. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very organized, knowledgeable, resourceful and flexible, and always available to meet tight deadlines even on a short notice."

Work highlights Acted for Olympus Power on the relicensing of a hydroelectric plant.

Represented PPL Electric Utilities on behalf of the PJM transmission owners in a FERC case related to a change in the way that new transmission costs are charged to customers. 

Notable practitioners

Donald Kaplan is a notable antitrust lawyer with a great deal of experience with competition matters in regulated markets. He acted for PPL Montana on the regulatory aspects of its $900 million sale of a hydroelectric-generating portfolio of over 630 MW to NorthWestern Corporation.

Significant clients Duke Energy, Capital Power, Apex Wind Energy, Boralex, CODA Energy. 

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include DC, Houston and Atlanta.

What the team is known for Leading merchant generation electricity practice that acts for clients on FERC rulemaking, RTO issues, transactions, transmission matters and NERC issues, among others. Natural gas regulatory practice represents clients in natural gas pipeline, storage and LNG issues.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The attorneys are very good; they are responsive and detail-oriented, they know the law, and they are thoughtful and respected in the industry and by the regulators."

"Very hands-on and incredibly responsive, they assign the right people at the right value level for what needs to be done. They are fast and give the right advice."

"They have a great group of people there with varied expertise and all the necessary relationships at FERC."

Work highlights Acted for EPSA, the IPP trade association, on FERC litigation related to the involvement of demand response providers in competitive markets.

Acted for Gulf Oil on the preparation of a submission to FERC for a declaratory order stating that its proposed LNG facility in Pennsylvania will not be subject to FERC regulation under the natural gas act.

Represented LS Power in connection with the regulatory aspects of its purchase of 11 hydroelectric facilities.

Notable practitioners  

Neil Levy acts for IPPs and natural gas pipelines on FERC regulatory matters. Sources are impressed by his "great ability to get things done, manage expectations and help discuss strategy and figure out the most effective way to go forward in certain situations."

James Bowe is a well-regarded regulatory lawyer with a great deal of experience handling natural gas storage, pipeline and LNG matters. He acted for Arlington Storage on obtaining regulatory approval for the expansion of its Seneca Lake gas storage facility.

Electricity regulatory lawyer David Tewksbury focuses on representing IPPs. Sources single him out for his knowledge of competitive markets, particularly PJM, NY-ISO and ISO New England. Sources say: "He is very smart, very thoughtful and intuitive."

Bruce Richardson is an electricity lawyer noted for his technical expertise, his knowledge of NERC and his adept handling of reliability-must-run issues. "When I have questions about the reliability rules he is the source I go to," said one client.

Stephanie Lim is an associate in the electricity regulatory practice. "The work she has done has been excellent – she is very detail-oriented and a great writer," say impressed clients, adding: "She can turn something around so quickly and find what you need."

Grace Su acts for IPPs on FERC regulatory matters. Sources say: "She is an excellent associate who handles everything very quickly."

Significant clients Tenaska Energy, NRG Energy, USPowerGen, Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska, Destin Pipeline. 

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York, DC and Houston.

What the team is known for Handles transactions in the power space, including utility M&A and the acquisition of electricity-generating facilities. Opened a Houston office in 2014 and bolstered the team with a number of lateral hires.

What's new? Andrew Calder joined the firm in 2014 as the founding partner of the firm's Houston office. 

Work highlights Acted for Hess on the sale of its electricity marketing business to Centrica subsidiary Direct Energy for $1.025 billion.

Represented Exelon in its $6.8 billion acquisition of Pepco Holdings.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Calder is an M&A partner who focuses on energy deals, and is noted for his work with private equity groups in the electricity space. Sources say: "He has an incredible legal mind and an ability to pull together a really good team."

Transactional oil and gas partner Anthony Speier joined the firm in 2014, in its new Houston office. Sources say he is "very tough, thorough, a great negotiator and very knowledgeable."

Significant clients Blackstone, US Power Generating, NRG Energy, Sumitomo, Marubeni Power.  

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles, DC, New York and Houston.

What the team is known for Leading power firm with a great deal of strength in electricity M&A and general acquisition and divestiture work. Has built one of the best oil and gas groups in the US over the past few years. Handles transactions for oil and gas companies and private equity groups. Electricity regulatory group acts on a wide variety of FERC and state-level matters, including transactional support, project development, interconnection issues and enforcement and investigation matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Any transaction involving complexity is where they excel and where we always try to use them."

"They are incredibly strong in every area we need, including environment and permitting issues, M&A, high-yield leveraged finance and project finance. They have first-rate expertise of unparalleled breadth and depth."

"The level of knowledge and expertise has been top notch and their responsiveness is very good."

Work highlights Acted for Energy Capital Partners on its $650 million acquisition of three merchant power stations from Dominion Resources.

Advised Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas on its $3.1 billion sale of assets in the Eagle Ford Shale to Encana Oil & Gas.

Represented Linden VFT in a number of FERC proceedings related to the allocation of transmission costs in the PJM region.

Represented US Power Generating Company in its $870 million sale to Tenaska Capital Management.

Acted for Athlon Holdings in connection with its acquisition of assets in the Midland Basin.

Notable practitioners  

Sources describe oil and gas transactional attorney Michael Darden as "the real deal." Industry figures consider him "one of the best in the business" for farm-in-farm-out agreements.

Robin Fredrickson is a highly regarded oil and gas partner who handles transactions in the upstream and midstream fields. An impressed client said: "She's extremely conscientious, misses no detail how minute it may appear to be, is extremely organized and has an amazing ability to turn around work quickly."

Michael Gergen is an energy regulatory lawyer who handles issues such as the regulatory aspects of transactions, project development and market rule issues. A source said: "He knows everything, he is very creative, he works hard and he understands the policy and regulation."

David Schwartz is appreciated by clients for his electricity industry experience and his ability to understand the business context of regulatory issues. "He is very creative, he seeks solutions and he is very good at working with people on the other side and making those wheels turn a little faster," said one interviewee.

Michael King is a deal lawyer who acts for private equity groups and energy companies in oil and gas transactions. Recent highlights include acting for Athlon Holdings on its $873 million acquisition of acreage in the Midland Basin.

Edward Sonnenschein is a corporate partner who handles public and private M&A deals for a diverse range of clients. He has a great deal of experience with deals in the electric utility space.

Jeff Munoz "is an excellent oil and gas attorney" whose work includes joint ventures, acquisitions and divestitures and financing matters. Sources say he is "smart and experienced, with a very level demeanor."

Natasha Gianvecchio's regulatory practice includes advising clients on electricity market rules, project development and transactional support and representation of clients before FERC and DOE. A pleased client said: "She is incredibly responsive and very good substantively, and she really understands what I want as an in-house lawyer and helps me get to it."

Kenneth Simon is a versatile energy attorney who handles transactional and regulatory matters in the electricity space. Sources say: "He is a good lawyer and he also has a good feel for the political side of things."

David Kurzweil is a deal lawyer who is active in the electricity arena. Sources appreciate his knowledge of the electricity industry and the private equity world. One said: "He likes to think one step ahead; he is calm and very thoughtful." 

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Houston, New York and DC. 

What the team is known for Full-service transactional practice that draws clients from across the oil and gas value chain. Advises energy companies and private equity groups on M&A and the acquisition and divestiture of upstream and midstream assets.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Outstanding all the way around; everyone we work with is first-class, very responsive to our needs and very knowledgeable in their areas of expertise." 

Work highlights Represented OFS Energy Fund in its sale of Vision Oil Tools, an oil field services company, for $145 million. 

Acted for Memorial Production Partners on its acquisition of oil and gas properties in Colorado and Wyoming for $935 million.

Notable practitioners  

David Patton is a well-respected oil and gas attorney who earns praise for his technical skills. He acted for Comstock Resources on its $811 million divestiture of West Texas acreage to Rosetta Resources. A client said: "He is a deal-maker and that is why we like him." 

Significant clients NGL Energy Partners, EnergyQuest, Argent Energy Trust, SandRidge Energy, WildHorse Resources.  

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include DC and New York.

What the team is known for Electricity practice that advises utilities, merchant generators, cooperatives and end users on FERC and state level regulatory matters.

What's new? McCarter & English merged with DC electricity boutique Miller, Balis & O'Neil in 2014.

Notable practitioners

John Adragna is a key contact. He is based in DC.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include DC, Richmond and Raleigh.

What the team is known for Electricity regulatory practice that handles state and federal regulatory matters, including rate cases and market design matters. Developed a strong FERC enforcement and investigations practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team consists of a number of very experienced and seasoned lawyers who know their stuff."

"They have exceptionally good and broad depth of experience in the energy area; a particularly strong FERC and state regulatory practice." 

Work highlights Acted for Duke Energy on litigation concerning the design of the Midwest ISO's capacity market.

Represented a number of former Barclays energy traders in connection with FERC's investigation of the manipulation of the Western US energy market.

Notable practitioners  

Todd Mullins "has a good sense of the regulatory environment and the personalities, and is very good at navigating DC." He acts for clients on FERC, CFTC and NERC regulatory matters. He is highly regarded for representing clients in enforcement and investigation matters.

Noel Symons handles FERC and civil litigation matters for electric utilities. Sources say: "He is exceedingly bright and has a deep and versatile understanding of energy markets."

Significant clients Dominion Resources, Exelon, NiSource, American Transmission, Great Plains Energy.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Boston, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and DC.

What the team is known for Recognized across the electricity, oil and gas and nuclear spheres. International oil and gas practice handles upstream, midstream and downstream M&A, development and finance matters. Regulatory team assists clients with FERC and CFTC enforcement, project development and natural gas and oil pipeline shipping matters. Assists clients with the sale and acquisition of electricity generating assets. Sophisticated electricity regulatory team acts for utilities and transmission companies on a wide range of FERC matters. Dominant nuclear practice acts for energy clients domestically and overseas. Home to the largest group of nuclear lawyers in the USA.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They have significant expertise in the FERC electric arena. They understand transmission, markets, reliability, and enforcement. They are adept at identifying key issues and developing solutions to problems."

"Good strength in depth, good strong associates and the partners are engaging and good to deal with."

"We are very pleased with the expertise, responsiveness and collaborative approach of Morgan Lewis."

"The quality has always been extremely high and we have always been very pleased with the service and the promptness and timeliness with which they respond."

"Down-to-earth firm that relates well to its clients and their business counterparts; very approachable and easy to talk with."

Work highlights Represented Edison Electric Institute in an appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The case was related to FERC's Order 1000.

Advised EverPower Wind Holdings on its acquisition of the 240 MW Big Sky Wind Farm in Illinois.

Advised Nuclear Innovation North America on an application to the NRC for the construction of two new nuclear power plants. 

Handled the regulatory approval process for Cameron LNG's proposed LNG export facility in Louisiana.

Acted for BP on defending a FERC market manipulation case.

Acted for Contango Oil & Gas on its takeover of Crimson Exploration.

Acted for Xcel Energy in FERC litigation related to the integration of a transmission owner into an RTO.

Acted for Exelon before the NRC in a successful defense of the Limerick plant license renewal application.

Represented Buckeye Partners in its acquisition of 20 liquid petroleum products terminals for $850 million.

Notable practitioners  

David Asmus is a highly regarded international oil and gas lawyer who assists clients with transactions, development and financing. He represented Newfield Exploration in its $898 million sale of its Malaysian oil and gas business. Sources say that "he keeps a cool head and is very knowledgeable about the industry and the law."

Steven Frantz's nuclear regulatory practice focuses on NRC licensing work. Clients say "he knows Part 52 inside and out," and note his adept handling of "highly technical issues."  

Glen Bernstein acts for electricity utilities and transmission companies on a wide range of regulatory matters. He acted for Entergy in connection with Occidental's claim that MISO's rules are inconsistent with the rights of qualifying facilities under the Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act. Sources say that he "is insightful and cuts through complex issues."

Thomas Giblin acts for electricity utilities on capital market matters. "He is a very nice guy and a very capable lawyer," say interviewees. 

Mark Haskell is a natural gas lawyer who advises clients on the regulatory aspects of LNG projects and natural gas pipeline shipping matters. Sources praise his knowledge of the energy industry and describe him as a "top-notch lawyer who is a zealous advocate for his clients."

Leading nuclear practitioner Kathryn Sutton earns praise for her work on licensing matters. A client said: "I go to her with policy issues when I need to think something through; I very much value her opinion." 

John McGrane is an electricity regulatory lawyer who acts for clients on matters such as reliability, enforcement, transactions and transmission. A source said: "He is very familiar with FERC, very seasoned and very knowledgeable of our company."

Charles Moore advises clients in the oil and gas industry on FERC and civil litigation. An impressed client said: "He exudes old-school charm while simultaneously possessing one of the sharpest intellects I've encountered."

John Matthews acts for clients in the nuclear industry on issues such as commercial transactions, license transfers and decommissioning. Sources describe him as a "go-getter" who is "extremely knowledgeable." 

Floyd Norton represents utilities in regulatory issues related to electricity markets, competition matters and transactions. Sources especially note his ability on enforcement matters. 

Mark Williams joined the firm from Bingham McCutchen in 2014, and acts for power generators and financial institutions on electricity regulatory matters. He is well regarded for his work on the regulatory aspects of transactions and project development.

Tim Matthews is an experienced nuclear regulatory litigator, and has been active advising clients on regulatory investigations and restructuring matters. Sources say: "He is articulate and thoughtful, knows his field and is an independent thinker."

Alex Polonsky handles licensing and export control matters for nuclear clients. Sources praise his "vast knowledge of NRC regulations and license renewals."

Donald Silverman "is very much on top of his game and is a very clear thinker." He regularly acts for clients on NRC matters and has a great deal of experience on nuclear materials and waste matters.

Stephen Spina is an electricity regulatory lawyer who advises clients on RTO issues, regulatory investigations, transmission matters and reliability issues. Clients praise his "excellent communication skills and expert knowledge."

Clients describe Daniel Skees as a "really stellar associate." He advises electricity clients on FERC and NERC issues.

Significant clients Ameren, Westinghouse, Anadarko Petroleum, Total, ConocoPhillips. 

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Houston, Dallas and New York.

What the team is known for Acts for clients on international and domestic upstream, midstream and downstream transactions and M&A. Regulatory group is particularly noted for its work on LNG export facilities and cross-border matters.

Work highlights Represented Baytex Energy in its CAD2.64 billion acquisition of Aurora Oil & Gas.

Advised Oregon LNG Development on its application for FERC approval to develop a bi-directional LNG liquefaction terminal.

Acted for Tesoro on its $540 million sale of a crude oil refinery in Hawaii.

Represented Sabine Pass LNG in the regulatory aspects of the development of its LNG export terminal.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Irvin represents clients in international and domestic upstream oil and gas transactions and commercial LNG matters. Clients say he is "extremely smart, thorough and detail-oriented."

Lisa Tonery focuses on the regulatory aspects of project development. She is well known for her work on LNG export projects and oil and gas pipelines. Peers say: "She has a very strong client base and a lot of experience in the space."

Clients say Deborah Gitomer "understands the risks we are willing to take and is very proactive in identifying issues and advising on what other parties might deem acceptable." She is a transactional partner with a great deal of experience in the oil and gas industry. She acted for Cabot Oil & Gas on the disposition of its mid-continent oil and gas assets.

Peggy Heeg advises oil and gas clients on regulatory compliance and investigations. She is particularly active on commodity trading matters.

Tania Perez handles regulatory matters connected with the development of LNG export projects and natural gas pipelines and storage infrastructure. She handles matters before the DOE and FERC.

George Kutzschbach is of counsel in the firm's oil and gas practice. He has a great deal of experience in upstream, midstream and downstream transactions.

Patrick Groomes is noted by sources for his experience with commercial and transactional matters in the power space. He acted for Direct Energy on its $1.03 billion acquisition of Hess Corporation. Clients describe him as "very commercial and an excellent negotiator."

Significant clients Anadarko Petroleum, Cheniere Energy, Quicksilver Resources, Chevron, EOG Resources.  

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include DC and New York. 

What the team is known for Power practice representing clients in the acquisition and divestiture of coal, natural gas and renewable energy generation assets.

Work highlights Acted for the Tennessee Valley Authority on its acquisition and lease-purchase financing of a natural gas-fired facility in Mississippi.

Notable practitioners  

Adam Wenner is a regulatory lawyer who focuses on representing electricity generators and marketers in transactions, regulatory compliance and FERC audits. He advised Silver Ridge Power on obtaining FERC approval for a 200 MW solar project in California. Sources describe him as "measured and fair," and "extremely knowledgeable about FERC process and procedure."

Significant clients SunEdison, GCL Solar, San Diego Gas & Electric, LS Power, Pattern Energy.   

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York, DC and Palo Alto. 

What the team is known for Nuclear regulatory and litigation practice that acts for clients on issues such as nuclear plant development, licensing and relicensing, and spent nuclear fuel litigation. Handles domestic and international matters.

Work highlights Advised Akkuyu Nuclear on the development of a nuclear power plant in Turkey.

Counseled PPL on its application for a license to construct and operate a nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania.

Notable practitioners  

David Baxter is a securities lawyer who regularly handles capital markets deals for electricity utility clients. He represented the underwriters in a $1.6 billion series of capital market issuances by CMS Energy. Sources describe him as "a very solid guy and a very capable lawyer."

Jeffrey Delaney represents underwriters in capital market issuances by electricity utilities. He acted for the underwriters on a $680 million series of securities issuances by the Arizona Public Service Company. A peer said: "He does an excellent job of keeping focused on the important issues and keeping the deal moving forward."

Jay Silberg is an experienced nuclear lawyer who is noted for his work on licensing and spent nuclear fuel litigation. Sources describe him as "one of the lions of the industry."

Anthony Terrell acts for utilities and underwriters on capital market deals, including advising Avista on a series of securities offerings. Sources describe him as "an expert in the area" who is "bringing his A game."

Todd Eckland has a broad securities practice that includes advising on electricity utility deals. He acted for Wells Fargo Securities and Credit Suisse Securities as representative of the underwriters in a $622 million equity offering. Sources particularly praise his creativity and innovation.

Nuclear regulatory lawyer David Lewis is noted for his knowledge of issues such as licensing of nuclear plants and decommissioning. Sources say he is "very easy and reasonable to deal with. He has a good knowledge of the regulators and good people skills."

The "excellent, highly regarded" John O'Neill is a regulatory lawyer who focuses on the licensing of nuclear plants.

Charles Peterson acts for clients on regulatory, litigation, commercial and transactional matters in the nuclear space. He represented Luminant Generation Company in litigation related to the ownership of enriched nuclear fuel.

Significant clients Babcock & Wilcox, Constellation, Emerson Electric, Emirates Nuclear Energy, PSEG Nuclear. 

Basic facts about the department
The firm's key office is Houston.

What the team is known for Experienced oil and gas group that acts for clients on upstream, midstream and downstream transactions and investments. Acts for energy companies and private equity groups domestically and overseas. 

Work highlights Acted for Endeavour International on its sale of 50% of its holdings in the Marcellus Shale and its joint venture with Samson Exploration.

Advised Par Petroleum on its acquisition of Tesoro Hawaii, the owner of refining, distribution and retail assets in Hawaii.  

Notable practitioners  

Randall King has a broad oil and gas practice that includes transactions, investments, development and financing throughout the oil and gas value chain. Sources say: "He is easy to work with. He knows the issues, how to deal with them and how to work around problems."

Robert Thomas acts for energy companies on upstream and midstream transactions. He represented PetroQuest Energy in its acquisition of shallow water assets in the Gulf of Mexico for $193 million.

Significant clients Noble Energy, Five Point Capital Partners, American Energy Partners, Stone Energy, Azure Midstream Energy. 

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Houston and DC.

What the team is known for Highly regarded pipeline regulatory group. Known for its work for energy and pipeline companies before FERC and state regulatory bodies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The communication was excellent – very prompt and responsive." 

Work highlights Represented ExxonMobil Pipeline in relation to FERC and state level proceedings with regard to transportation rates for the TransAlaska Pipeline.

Acted for Magellan Pipeline on market-based rate applications.  

Notable practitioners  

Eugene Elrod handles federal and state regulatory matters for pipeline companies and energy producers. Recent highlights include acting for Kinder Morgan on its plan to reverse the flow of the Cochin pipeline to transport light liquid hydrocarbons from Illinois to Alberta, Canada.  

William Williams handles oil and gas pipeline regulatory matters. Sources say he "understands the industry" and "knows FERC inside out."

James Rice acts for energy companies on E&P, midstream and downstream transactions. He represented Anadarko Petroleum in the exchange of 100,000 acres in the Niobrara Shale with Noble Energy.

Robert Stephens is a Houston-based oil and gas transactional and finance lawyer. Peers particularly praise his adept handling of hybrid finance transactions. A client said: "He knows his stuff, is creative, has strong subject matter expertise and has seen a lot, so he has the full picture."

Stan Berman acts for electricity utilities on regulatory litigation matters. He is praised for his varied skillset, with sources lauding him as both "a good, hard-nosed litigator - the person you want to use" and a talented writer who is "one of the best in the country" for complex issues.

Regulatory lawyer Kenneth Irvin has recently joined the firm from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. Irvin is praised by market sources for his knowledge of the physical electricity and gas markets, bankruptcy and the regulatory and enforcement environment. One client described him as a "polymath," and went on to say that "he understands the commercial rationale and he is a deep thinker."

Significant clients Duke Energy, EPL Oil & Gas, Explorer Pipeline, ExxonMobil, National Petrochemical and Refiners Association. 

Basic facts about the department
Key offices includes New York and Houston.

What the team is known for Respected team that handles M&A transactions, financing and securities matters in the power space. Acts for electricity utilities, financial institutions and private equity groups.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"A very good, very commercially minded law firm." 

Work highlights Advised Blackstone on its acquisition of a portfolio of gas-fired power facilities in Texas.

Acted for First Reserve on its acquisition of three Utilities Services Associates' subsidiaries.

Notable practitioners

David Lieberman acts on M&A and financing matters in the power space. Recent deals include representing PPL Montana in a $900 million hydroelectric power divestiture. "He is a thoughtful calm guy who gets his points across very effectively," noted one client.  

Significant clients Barclays, ITC Holdings, KKR, Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners, Viva Alamo.  

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Houston, DC, New York and Wilmington.

What the team is known for Market-leading power regulatory and transactional teams. Acts on public and private company M&A and the acquisition of assets and infrastructure in the electricity space. Excellent regulatory team handles a wide scope of issues, including transmission matters, enforcement and investigations, RTO litigation, reliability, antitrust and transactional support. Oil and gas group acts for energy companies and private equity groups on transactions and handles natural gas and oil regulatory issues.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The Houston office has a great team of counsel level, senior associate and junior lawyers, and the bench strength of all of Skadden can come into a deal. It is the ability to have the team on the ground that is familiar with the oil and gas industry and Texas practice, plus the ability to draw on the general M&A and litigation experience of the rest of the firm." 

"They are incredibly responsive, commercially minded, coordinated, and thorough. I was impressed by the knowledge of each member of the team, senior and junior, and by the considerable effort to fully cover extremely complex and project-nuanced issues during the transaction process. I would highly recommend them for transactions in the power sector."

"Outstanding: whatever the highest mark is, that is what I would give them. They have a comprehensive view of the market rules and the regulatory and political dynamics, and they have an incredibly deep bench of people who are knowledgeable about the area."

"Outstanding, the best of the best, the gold standard. First of all, a very broad and deep bench of outstanding attorneys; second, they're not afraid of any case. They have total knowledge of the subject matter, which is a reflection of the individual and collective depth of their bench and the genuine desire to go in and bring home the win."

"I think we received excellent value for money. Their hourly rates are high but this is more than offset by efficient work, depth of knowledge and a willingness to follow client instructions about what work the client wants done."

It's no secret that Skadden is an absolute powerhouse; there's no question about it. A true juggernaut practice."

Work highlights Represented Devon Energy in its $6 billion acquisition of GeoSouthern Energy's Eagleford Shale assets.

Advised Dynegy on its $825 million acquisition of Ameren Energy Resources from Ameren Corporation.

Represented Barclays Bank in a FERC enforcement action that focused on trading activity in the Western US markets.

Advised Morgan Stanley on regulatory matters in its capacity as lead initial purchase in a $1 billion offering of notes by Sabine Pass liquefaction.

Acted for Spectra Energy on its $1.25 billion acquisition of the Express-Platte pipeline system.

Handled Emera Energy's acquisition of three combined-cycle gas-fired electricity generating facilities from Capital Power for $541 million.

Acted for Edison Electric Institute on a US Supreme Course case that challenged state actions that impacted on interstate electricity markets.

Notable practitioners  

Mike Naeve is considered a "dean of the regulatory Bar" by market sources. He heads the firm's DC office and acts for clients on electricity and natural gas matters.

John Estes is highly regarded for his work on enforcement and energy trading issues. Sources say: "He is incredibly knowledgeable about the industry, the legal requirements, the regulatory necessities and political dynamics and how they come together."

John Moot is "levelheaded, low key and a good adviser and counselor on how to deal with the issues that come up on compliance." He is a former FERC general counsel who is respected in the industry for advising clients on enforcement, FERC litigation and compliance matters.

Sheldon Adler handles M&A in the electricity utility space. He acted for TECO Energy on its acquisition of New Mexico Gas Company for $950 million.

William Conway is a regulatory lawyer with a great deal of electricity industry and government experience. His clients include investor-owned utilities and wholesale power producers. Clients say he is "really able to grasp the nuance of what is happening on the business side, and makes sure it fits into the regulatory framework."

Pankaj Sinha is "one of the most seasoned power lawyers in the country," according to market sources. A client said: "I need a great M&A lawyer who knows my sector and he fits that perfectly; he gets to the heart of an issue with no grandstanding or showing off."

Ann Hawkins is a transactional lawyer who focuses on power M&A, project development and energy trading matters. Sources praise her excellent client skills and say: "She has amazing attention to detail and deep knowledge of the industry."

Paul Wight is praised by sources for his understanding of electricity capacity markets. He regularly acts for clients on FERC enforcement and investigations. A source said: "He is extraordinarily smart, very focused and quick about his analysis."

Basic facts about the department
Key office is DC.

What the team is known for Respected energy boutique that handles FERC, CFTC and state level electricity regulatory matters. Has a strong client following among municipal electricity utilities and electricity cooperatives.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team understands the law, and also has a thorough and extensive understanding of the technical aspects of utility operations. Their ability to bring both legal and technical expertise to the matters they are assisting us with has been a real asset."

"A lot of what we do is time sensitive and they are very attuned to that and very responsive."

Work highlights Acted for the State of Connecticut Public Utility Regulatory Authority on a FERC complaint brought against New England's transmission owners seeking to reduce the return on equity component allowed in New England's transmission rates.

Advised Florida Municipal Power Agency on FERC Order 1000 issues.

Notable practitioners  

Clients say Cynthia Bogorad is "very plugged in on transmission matters" and an "extremely effective writer." She counsels clients on FERC and NERC electricity issues and is known for her involvement in policy matters and is an expert on transmission. 

Scott Strauss acts for municipalities, rate payers and cooperatives on electricity regulatory matters. Sources describe him as "a very well-rounded lawyer in this space who has got excellent judgment."

Significant clients State of California Department of Water Resources, State of New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel, Seneca Nation of Indians, Northern California Power Agency, Transmission Access Policy Study Group.  

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include DC and New York.

What the team is known for Excellent DC-based power and oil and gas regulatory practices. Represents investor-owned utilities and generators in FERC proceedings, including enforcement and litigation cases. Liquid pipeline regulatory team advises on crude oil, refined products and natural gas liquid matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Top flight – the leading law firm in the oil pipeline FERC regulatory area. Very seasoned lawyers who are pragmatic, with a lot of depth. The partners I have dealt with are top shelf."

"They are very thoughtful, quick and intelligent; they are nimble and they can provide timely, helpful advice."

"They have a national and strategic perspective on issues, which is very helpful to us."  

"Best in the business and great value for money. Terrific experience, good measured judgment and a good reputation with the agency."

Work highlights Acted for Seaway Crude Pipeline on an interstate rate hearing before FERC.

Advised Northeast Utilities on a complaint filed by state regulators and transmission customers querying the return on equity allowed to transmission owners in New England.

Represented North Dakota Pipeline in FERC matters connected to its proposal to build a crude oil pipeline between the Bakken Shale in North Dakota and a pipeline hub in Superior, Wisconsin.

Acted for Southern California Edison on a whistle-blower complaint which was dismissed by FERC.

Notable practitioners  

Steven Brose is a market-leading liquids pipeline attorney. He acted for Seaway Crude Pipeline in two FERC rate cases in 2014. Impressed sources describe him as the "dean of the oil pipeline FERC Bar," and add: "He understands FERC regulations and the Interstate Commerce Act as well as anyone out there."

Douglas Green is a "excellent practitioner" who focuses on antitrust, regulatory and litigation matters in the electricity space. He represented Entergy in a case brought by Occidental Chemical against Entergy and the Louisiana Public Service Commission relating to the method of treating qualifying facilities in the MISO market.

David Raskin advises regulated electricity utilities on FERC proceedings. He has experience dealing with matters such as M&A, return on equity on transmission projects, rate cases and policy issues. Sources describe him as "a very effective big-picture thinker who cuts right to the heart of the issue; he has very good knowledge of commission precedent and how the agency behaves and procedures that need to be followed."

Steven Reed is highly respected in the sector and is particularly noted for his oil pipeline work. Clients praise his "in-depth knowledge of FERC practice," and describe him as a "sound counselor."

Richard Roberts is an electricity regulatory lawyer and litigator. He acted for PSEG on a matter in the US District Court for New Jersey and the US Appeal Court for the Third District in a matter where PSEG and a group of other generators attempted to have New Jersey's Long Term Capacity Agreement Pilot Program declared unconstitutional. Peers say: "He fights tooth and nail for his client but you would still want to have a drink with him at the end of the day."

Daniel Poynor acts for oil pipelines on state and federal regulatory matters. He advises clients on issues such as rate cases and the development of new oil pipelines. One happy client said: "He is really bright, an excellent writer and he sometimes laughs at my jokes, which shows a great deal of tolerance."

The "very knowledgeable" Steven Ross "speaks at a high level and quickly forms an opinion or a direction that is helpful for us," say clients. He is an electricity regulatory lawyer and former FERC commissioner whose recent highlights include advising on the FERC aspects of the restructuring of Ohio Power, a subsidiary of American Electric Power. 

Gary Morgans acts for utility clients on electricity and hydroelectricity regulatory matters. Sources say he is "responsive and very smart," and praise his ability to deal with "very complex tax and accounting issues" that occur in cases. 

Lon Bouknight is a respected member of the FERC electricity Bar. He returned to Steptoe in 2014 after a period as general counsel of a utility. Sources say: "He is very talented and clearly a thought leader; a giant in the industry."

Significant clients Chevron Pipeline, ExxonMobil Pipeline, Entergy, Duke Energy, Pepco Holdings. 

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include DC and Minneapolis.

What the team is known for Serves a wide range of clients, including electricity cooperatives, municipalities, investor-owned utilities, IPPs, end energy users, and transmission developers and owners. Handles FERC and NERC matters, and represents clients before state regulatory commissions.

What's new? Formed following the merger of Stinson Morrison Hecker and Leonard Street Deinard in January 2014.

Work highlights Acted for Golden Spread Electric Cooperative on the reversal of a FERC cost allocation determination.

Represented Old Dominion and Arizona Public Service Company in FERC electric gas coordination matters.

Notable practitioners  

Adrienne Clair is a well-respected FERC attorney who is particularly noted for her work with electricity cooperatives and municipalities. Sources praise her strategic approach to advising clients.

Harvey Reiter is a regulatory lawyer with a broad FERC practice. Sources praise his abilities as a litigator.

Significant clients Chugach Electric Cooperative, Nebraska Public Power District, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Atlantic Power, Great River Energy. 

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Acts for utilities, holding companies, private equity groups, institutional investors and banks in connection with M&A and investment in the electric power industry. Represents mining companies and financial institutions in relation to mergers and the acquisition and sale of mining projects and assets.

Work highlights Represented Pepco in relation to its proposed acquisition by Exelon.

Acted for Anglo American on its sale of Brazilian Amapá iron ore mine to Zamin Ferrous.

Advised Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan on its disposition of its ownership interest in Northern Star Generation to GulfSun Power Holdings.

Represented Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal in its joint purchase, alongside ArcelorMittal, of ThyssenKrupp Steel USA.

Notable practitioners  

Joseph Frumkin is a respected M&A lawyer with a great deal record in the utility arena. Sources say: "He is knowledgeable about any kind of M&A activity and gives good, sound, reasoned advice on any aspect of the deal."

Tia Barancik handles M&A, capital markets and regulatory matters in the electricity space. She has experience advising on utility M&A, energy trading matters and FERC regulatory issues. 

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Atlanta and DC.

What the team is known for Electricity regulatory practice acting for clients such as electricity cooperatives, commodity traders and retail electricity providers. Handles matters at state level and in relation to FERC, NERC and the CFTC. Experienced with issues such as rate cases, market design matters, regulatory compliance, enforcement and litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The counsel provided has been thoughtful and on point. Sutherland listens to our concerns, works to understand our issues and goals, and strives to reach those goals." 

"Very upfront and excellent to work with; it is a great relationship." 

Work highlights Represented Iowa Consumers Coalition, an industrial energy user group, in a rate settlement matter.

Acted for Chevron on gaining regulatory approval for the purchase and sale of interests in electricity generation facilities. 

Notable practitioners  

Electricity regulatory attorney Daniel Frank advises cooperatives, generators, transmission companies and energy trading companies. He represents clients in FERC and NERC matters, and before state regulatory commissions. Sources say that he is "good at understanding complex issues and then explaining them to his clients."

Catherine Krupka advises commodity and energy trading companies on regulatory compliance, policy issues and regulatory enforcement actions. She handles matters before FERC, the CFTC, the DOE and state regulatory commissions. Sources describe her as "detail-oriented, smart and a strong advocate for her clients."

Significant clients Sharyland Utilities, Oglethorpe Power, Vitol. 

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Dallas, Houston and New York.

What the team is known for Advises clients on upstream and midstream transactions, including public and private M&A and the acquisition and disposition of oil and gas assets and infrastructure. Maintains a good reputation for its private equity practice. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Impressive levels of knowledge, focus and customer service; they are always on budget and always on time."

"Outstanding across the board; the attorneys in the practice are very deep in their experience and knowledgeable of the industry."  

Work highlights Acted for Pertamina on its $1.75 billion acquisition of ConocoPhillips Algeria for $1.75 billion.

Represented TEAK Midstream in its $1 billion sale to Atlas Pipeline Partners.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Derman is an oil and gas lawyer with a significant domestic and international practice. He acted for Sinopec on its acquisition of Oklahoma oil and gas assets from Chesapeake for $1.02 billion.

John Rain focuses on representing capital providers and users in investment and debt transactions in the oil and gas industry. One impressed client said: "You can sleep well at night knowing that John is reviewing your contracts for you."

Significant clients Chesapeake Operating, Chevron USA, Cimarex Energy, Devon Energy, Dresser-Rand. 

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include DC and Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Electricity regulatory group particularly noted for its work for municipalities. Handles NERC and FERC issues, and represents clients in state regulatory proceedings.

Work highlights Represented a group of municipalities in relation to California ISO policy matters.

Notable practitioners

Bonnie Blair is an experienced electricity regulatory attorney with a good reputation for her work with municipalities. She is particularly active in the California ISO market. She acted for a group of municipalities and other public bodies in Mississippi in connection with issues arising from Entergy's integration into MISO. Sources say: "She does a great job representing her clients."

Significant clients Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Mississippi Delta Energy Agency, The Public Utilities Commission of the City of Clarksdale, The City of Roseville.  

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Atlanta and DC. 

What the team is known for Advises utility clients in RTO and non-RTO markets on FERC and state regulatory issues. Acts for clients on Bonneville Power Administration rate cases. Adept at handling matters such as the regulatory aspects of M&A, market design issues, rate cases and transmission matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Extremely responsive, very thorough and very reliable." 

"The firm does an excellent job of representing our interests and identifying areas that we should be aware of." 

Work highlights Advised PacifiCorp on its work with the California ISO to develop a real-time electricity imbalance market.

Acted as regulatory counsel on Ameren's sale of its 1200 MW merchant generating business to a Rockland Capital subsidiary.

Notable practitioners  

Eric Koontz is a securities lawyer who regularly acts for utility clients on capital market financing matters. He represented Georgia Power Company in relation to the $3.46 billion DOE loan guarantee for units 3 and 4 of the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia. Sources describe him as "an outstanding lawyer" who is "very levelheaded."

Daniel Larcamp is an experienced electricity regulatory lawyer who, prior to joining Troutman Saunders, served as FERC chief of staff. He advised Ameren on the regulatory aspects of the sale of a 3000 MW merchant generation business to Dynergy. Sources say he is "well versed" in the area and has a "wealth of connections at FERC."

Arthur Domby leads the firm's nuclear regulatory work. He advises his clients on NRC and state-level regulatory issues, including licensing, investigations and employee issues. A satisfied client said: "He is very decisive and he gives usable, actionable counsel."

Clifford Sikora acts for clients on FERC matters such as rate cases, transmission issues, transactional approval and enforcement matters. He advised Kentucky Utilities on a FERC rate case and subsequent negotiations with its customers.

Lisanne Crowley practices natural gas regulatory law on behalf of natural gas storage, pipeline, marketing and generation clients, among others. A client praised her "outstanding experience" and noted that "she has great judgment in terms of issues to press on and issues to not press on."

Significant clients AGL Resources, Ibedrola Renewables, Indianapolis Power & Light, ITC Holdings, NV Energy.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is DC.

What the team is known for Highly regarded DC-focused firm with strong electricity and oil and gas regulatory practices. Advises clients on electricity regulatory matters, including transmission cases, rate cases, hydroelectric matters and the development of electricity infrastructure. Acts for gas and oil pipeline clients, and advises on LNG matters in relation to FERC, state regulators and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A responsive and client-oriented group to work with. They have a broad wealth of background and experience to pull from and, depending on the issue, can bring in the appropriate members who will ensure that the issues are appropriately addressed at the least cost to the client."

"They have great relationships at the regulatory agencies and an ability to help answer questions and get in and make introductions. It has been an amazing experience." 

"I hold the team in the highest regard. They are technically skilled, experienced, bright, and client service-oriented."

"Exceptional firm with extremely well-qualified, expert counsel."

Work highlights Advised Boardwalk Pipeline Partners on FERC regulation of its interstate pipeline portfolio.

Acted as federal energy regulatory counsel in relation to Deepwater Wind's development of offshore wind farms.

Representing Kinder Morgan Energy Partners in relation to its program to build pipelines to bring Marcellus Shale gas to the Northeast United States.

Notable practitioners  

Lawrence Acker advises clients on electricity and natural gas regulatory issues. He acts for natural gas pipeline companies, financial institutions, transmission companies and utilities in FERC and administrative litigation. Sources say: "Larry has a unique understanding of FERC administrative processes and personnel."

Margaret Moore represents electricity generators, transmission owners and marketers in FERC regulatory matters. Market sources say she is a "very strong regulatory lawyer with a good knowledge of FERC practice."

Douglas Smith worked at both the DOE and FERC before entering private practice. Clients describe him as an "industry thought leader," and praise his "deep knowledge of legal, regulatory and policy issues."

Gary Bachman is an electricity regulatory lawyer who acts for hydroelectric clients, utilities and transmission developers and owners. One industry figure described him as a "very smart lawyer and a very good litigator."

Paul Korman receives praise from sources for his abilities as a litigator, both before FERC and in state and federal courts. His practice focuses on the natural gas industry, with recent highlights including representing WBI Energy Transmission in a natural gas pipeline rate case. Sources say: "He has a very good feel for the tone and tack to take when it comes to strategy."

Robert Nordhaus is a former FERC and DOE staff member who is praised by sources for his legal policy and energy industry knowledge. He also draws acclaim for his fine judgment and thoughtful approach to matters.

Brian O'Neill advises clients on regulatory issues in the oil and gas space. He represents clients in matters related to FERC and the DOE. 

Significant clients Tallgrass Energy Partners, Questar Pipeline, Sempra Energy, Puget Sound Energy, MidAmerican Transmission.  

Basic facts about the department
Key office is DC.

What the team is known for Well-respected practice focusing on representing shippers in liquid pipeline regulatory matters. Acts on FERC and state level cases for oil, petroleum products and natural gas liquid shippers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very good – experts in the field." 

"We rate them highly for competency, and they are very flexible and fair on billing." 

Work highlights Represented the Air Transport Association of America in relation to FERC's review of its oil pipeline index rate process.

Acted for clients including the National Propane Gas Association on a challenge to the increased rates of the Enterprise TE Products Pipeline.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Powers focuses on representing liquid pipeline shippers in regulatory litigation. Clients say: "Dick’s strengths are his ability to see the big picture and assemble and put forward a strong case." Sources also praise his intelligent approach to negotiation.

Steven Adducci is a liquid pipeline shippers lawyer. Clients go to him because of his "extensive industry knowledge and many years' of experience." Another source praised his "ability to delve into the details of specific issues and doggedly pursue discovery aimed at getting to the bottom of an issue."

Significant clients AmeriGas Propane, Continental Airlines, Valero Marketing and Supply, Regency Field Services, Ferrellgas.  

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Houston, New York, Dallas and DC.

What the team is known for Superlative oil and gas firm with strong transactional and regulatory practices. Advises energy companies and private equity firms on upstream and midstream transactions. Strong MLP practice. Regulatory group represents clients in relation to natural gas pipeline and storage matters and LNG export projects. Electricity work includes transactional matters and regulatory work such as litigation, reliability issues, project development and energy trading.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very high quality, very knowledgeable in the energy space, good client service and very responsive."

"As a firm that is an energy specialist, they bring to bear subject matter experts, an energy-focused tax partner, an energy-focused labor partner and an energy-focused environment partner; they can deliver a customized solution for complex energy deals and that is where we turn to them."

"They have a lot of experience dealing with the regulators – they have a good relationship with them on a human level and a good sense of how the regulators will view things."

Work highlights Advised Riverstone Holdings on its acquisition of Apache's Gulf of Mexico business for $3.75 billion.

Represented Annova LNG in connection with its applications to FERC and the DOE for authorization to export LNG from its project in Brownsville, Texas.

Acted for Riverstone Holdings on its agreement with PPL to combine their merchant generation businesses to create a standalone, publicly traded IPP.

Acted for Pioneer Natural Resources on selling 40% of its interests in Wolfcamp Shale to Sinochem for $1.7 billion.

Assisted BG LNG Services with its application to the DOE to receive approval to export LNG from the Lake Charles Louisiana LNG project. 

Advised Wayzata Investment Partners on its $625 million sale of a 1050 MW power plant in Guadalupe County, Texas to Calpine.

Notable practitioners  

David Andril is a regulatory lawyer who advises natural gas clients on pipeline, storage and LNG export issues. He acted for Freeport-McMoRan Energy on obtaining DOE authorization for the export of LNG from the USA. "He is calm and has a sense of humor and a tremendous amount of experience, which he brings to bear on our file," said one client. 

Douglas Bland has a transactional practice that focuses on energy M&A. He represented SandRidge Energy in its $1.12 billion sale of its Gulf of Mexico assets to Fieldwood Energy. A client said: "He is willing to challenge not only the other side, but also his clients; he makes us think, so that we are sure of ourselves, which is something we appreciate."

Michael Rosenwasser advises clients on MLP issues and M&A in the oil and gas arena. One source described him as the "dean of the MLP world."

Anita Wilson "has a good working relationship with FERC staff and a good ability to read how they are thinking and get to a successful resolution." She represents natural gas clients in pipeline and storage matters, advises on federal and state regulation, and appears before FERC and the DOE and in federal appellate courts.

John Connally is an oil and gas lawyer who acts on M&A deals for energy companies and private equity groups. He represented QEP Resources in its divestiture of assets in the Western Anadarko Basin in Texas and Oklahoma for $772 million. An impressed client said: "He has a unique way of getting even the most difficult deals closed."

John Decker is "very responsive and cooperative," and assists clients with oil and gas regulatory matters. His recent work includes advising on the regulatory approvals for LNG export projects. Sources say he is "great to deal with."

David Cohen is a respected transactional lawyer who advises clients on oil and gas M&A deals. Clients praise his technical ability and his negotiating skills, and add that he is "very knowledgeable about the current state of play in significant energy M&A transactions."

Keith Fullenweider handles M&A and private equity transactions in the oil and gas arena. Sources appreciate his practical and commercial approach. He represented TPG Capital in its purchase of natural gas operations in Wyoming for $1.8 billion.

James Seegers focuses on natural gas regulatory work. He primarily represents pipeline companies in FERC and state regulatory proceedings.

Significant clients East Cheyenne Gas Storage, Enbridge Offshore Pipelines, Spectra Energy, Valerus Compression Services, Duke Energy.   

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and DC.

What the team is known for Well-regarded electricity practice that handles transactions, regulatory work and litigation. Acts for clients on utility M&A and advises on the purchase and sale of power generating assets. Regulatory work includes assisting with transactions and FERC litigation, and advising on project development.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very diligent, very knowledgeable and very accessible." 

"Excellent client service and high-quality legal work; really, really smart and client-oriented." 

Work highlights Advised DTE Electric on FERC issues related to its procurement of renewable generation in Michigan.

Acted for Fortis on its $4.3 billion acquisition of UNS Energy.

Assisted Occidental Petroleum with the regulatory aspects of the proposed spin-out of its California assets into a separately traded company.

Represented Calpine in its sale of six power plants to NatGen Southeast Power for $1.57 billion. 

Notable practitioners  

Earle O'Donnell advises clients including utilities, IPPs and energy trading companies on electricity regulatory matters. Sources particularly praise his knowledge of public utility holding company legal issues. He advised Hess on the regulatory aspects of the $1 billion sale to Direct Energy Business of its wholesale power business.

Michael Shenberg is an M&A partner who handles utility transactions in the energy sector. Sources praise his industry knowledge and say that "he has a great win-win attitude to transactions and a real ability to push transactions through."

Significant clients Castleton Commodities, Cogentrix Energy, LS Power Development, NRG Energy, Tennessee Valley Authority.  

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include San Francisco, DC, Houston, Charlotte and New York. 

What the team is known for Well-regarded nuclear regulatory practice recognized by sources for its work on issues such as decommissioning, licensing, regulatory compliance and investigations. Electricity regulatory group advises clients on FERC issues and before state regulators such as the California Public Utilities Commissions. Handles issues such as FERC Order 1000 compliance, transmission matters and hydroelectric licensing.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have been wonderful - very knowledgeable and very responsive to our needs in a timely manner." 

Work highlights Advised Atlantic Grid Operating on the regulatory aspects of its proposed sub-sea transmission grid between New Jersey and southern Virginia.

Represented DTE Energy in connection with its application for a combined operating license for its proposed Fermi 3 nuclear power plant.

Assisted transmission owners in New York with FERC Order 1000 compliance and other regulatory issues.

Advised Entergy on internal and NRC investigations into alleged NRC regulatory violations at a power plant. 

Notable practitioners  

David Repka is described by one impressed client as "the most persuasive brief writer I have ever worked with." He is a respected nuclear lawyer who advises clients on issues such as license renewal, decommissioning, enforcement actions and regulatory approval for transactions.

William Horin is a nuclear regulatory lawyer who handles work such as licensing and investigations. Sources note his knowledge of nuclear decommissioning matters, with one commenting: "He knows the guidance issues, the commission staff members involved, and the upcoming issues."

Tyson Smith has a nuclear practice focusing on license renewal and regulatory litigation and compliance. An impressed client commented: "He is extremely responsive – he jumps on emergencies immediately."

Lisa Vaughn is "well versed and respected in the nuclear industry," and handles a wide variety of nuclear matters including commercial contracts, safety issues, labor issues, and investigations and compliance. 

Raymond Wuslich advises clients on electricity regulatory issues including transmission matters and rate cases. A source said: "He is levelheaded, reliable and an excellent writer."

Denmon Sigler is an experienced energy transactional lawyer who handles upstream and downstream M&A and financing work. Clients highlight her strong industry knowledge and say she is "a very good lawyer who provides excellent service."

Significant clients California Wind Energy Association, Central Hudson Gas & Electric, Honeywell, Sempra, Wolf Creek. 

Basic facts about the department
Key office is DC.

What the team is known for Respected energy regulatory boutique that advises clients in the electricity and oil and gas industries. Handles FERC matters on behalf of RTOs, utilities and transmission owners, among other clients. Represents natural gas pipeline companies in regulatory matters such as rate cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I am pleased with the knowledge base, professionalism and camaraderie of the attorneys I have worked with at Wright & Talisman."

"They are very responsive, and committed to meeting deadlines. Once the team has gathered the background information they need, I can count on receiving a draft pleading that requires very little comment or adjustment, and that makes strong legal arguments in a clear, understandable and convincing way." 

"An excellent, knowledgeable firm that is responsive to clients' needs."

Work highlights Acted for PJM in connection with emergency applications to FERC to waive market rules in response to adverse weather conditions.

Defended Viking Gas Transmission in a federal rate investigation.

Represented MISO transmission owners in litigation related to transmission cost allocation for projects in MISO.

Acted for Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline on a FERC rate case.

Notable practitioners  

Barry Spector is a respected electricity regulatory lawyer who is best known for his representation of RTOs. He acted for Southwest Power Pool (SPP) in a successful petition for a review before the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit to challenge FERC's interpretation of a joint operating agreement between SPP and MISO.

Joseph Koury acts for oil and gas pipeline clients and shippers on state and federal regulatory matters. He represented Anadarko Petroleum in litigation related to rates for the Trans Alaska Pipeline.

Wendy Reed is viewed by sources as an "excellent practitioner" who focuses on representing clients in federal electricity regulatory matters. She is particularly noted for her work for transmission owners.

Wendy Warren's electricity regulatory practice includes representing clients in enforcement matters, rate cases and transactions. Sources describe her as "a terrific writer who is very good at getting to the point in her analysis."

Alan Statman has a long track record in representing clients such as utilities and transmission companies in state and federal electricity regulatory matters. He acted for Trans Bay Cable on a FERC rate case.

Michael Thompson represents natural gas clients in FERC and state regulatory proceedings. He acted for Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line on the settlement of a rate increase with gas shippers, state regulatory commissions and FERC.

Significant clients Otter Tail Power, Ameren, Millennium Pipeline, Discovery Gas Transmission, New Mexico Gas Company.  

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Electricity regulatory lawyer Sandra Rizzo joined Arnold & Porter LLP from Bracewell & Giuliani in 2014. She acts for utilities, generators and energy trading companies on FERC and NERC matters such as litigation, enforcement and regulatory compliance. A client commented that Rizzo "has an extremely pleasant demeanor" but is also "a steely, seasoned, effective negotiator."

Arnold Podgorsky set up as a sole practitioner in 2014 following 22 years at Wright & Talisman. He focuses on litigation and regulatory work in the electricity sphere.

Poe Leggette joined Baker & Hostetler's Denver office in 2014 from Norton Rose Fulbright. He advises oil and gas clients on litigation and regulatory matters, and is particularly well regarded for his federal lands work. Clients are "impressed with his knowledge relating to governmental and regulatory agencies and his trial and appellate expertise."

Howard Shafferman of Ballard Spahr LLP "is very knowledgeable and very wise, and really works to know the clients' interests and will pursue them." He represents clients in energy regulatory proceedings, and his clients include ISO New England. 

John Cogan of Cogan & Partners LLP is a storied name in the US energy sector whom sources describe as a "noted authority in oil and gas." He advises clients on LNG, upstream, midstream and downstream development and transactional deals.

Sarah Fitts of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is an M&A and finance lawyer who advises clients in the electricity space. Clients say she is "very smart, calm, diligent and in control of her team."

Frederick Lowther of Dickstein Shapiro LLP is "extremely knowledgeable, very experienced and very connected." He acts for clients on a wide range of regulatory and transactional matters, and advises natural gas and LNG companies on matters such as project development.

Sheila Slocum Hollis of Duane Morris LLP is an electricity lawyer who represents municipalities in state and federal regulatory proceedings. Sources describe her as a "very astute and adept negotiator who has a very good grasp of the regulatory structure."

Katherine Edwards of Edwards & Floom advises natural gas and liquid shippers in connection with pipeline regulatory litigation. She is well respected by peers, who say: "She is a very good litigator who understands the process at FERC."

"Smart and practical," Daniel Mullen of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP focuses on defending clients who are under investigation by FERC or the CFTC. Prior to joining Fried Frank he was a branch chief in FERC's office of enforcement. Sources say: "He has the ability to understand how the agencies look at these questions because he has that government background."

Kevin Sweeney of John & Hengerer is a regulatory lawyer based in DC. He focuses on representing natural gas shipper clients in pipeline regulatory proceedings.

David Bloom of Mayer Brown LLP is an energy lawyer who focuses on advising clients on the regulatory aspects of transactions. A pleased client said: "He is phenomenal at explaining complex issues to businesspeople."

The "highly thought of" Thomas Moore of Mayer Brown LLP is an oil and gas transactional lawyer who joined the firm from Baker Botts in 2014. He handles M&A and financing work in the upstream and LNG arenas.

According to clients, Jeffrey Watkiss of McDermott Will & Emery LLP is "a very practical guy who provides advice very quickly." He is an electricity regulatory lawyer and litigator who represents clients before state and federal regulatory agencies.

Robert Fleishman of Morrison & Foerster LLP "is very smart and understands his clients and how to approach the problems they are faced with." He is an energy litigator who focuses on defending clients under investigation by FERC and other regulatory bodies.

Robert Loeffler of Morrison & Foerster LLP is a regulatory lawyer and litigator who is particularly known for his work on natural gas and oil pipeline rate cases. One impressed source said: "When it comes to being able to objectively settle a case, there is nobody better."

FERC specialist William DeGrandis of Paul Hastings LLP focuses on serving clients in the electricity industry. Sources appreciate his proactive and commercial approach to regulatory proceedings, and he is praised by clients for "his vast knowledge of relevant decisions and factors."

Randall Rich of Pierce Atwood LLP represents clients in natural gas-related FERC proceedings. Sources say he is "very knowledgeable" and "so helpful, whether intervening in hearings or with advice."

Christopher Barr of Post & Schell, P.C. is a well-regarded regulatory lawyer who is best known in the market for his work on behalf of oil and natural gas pipeline clients in FERC proceedings. Clients say: "He is like a walking encyclopedia of FERC."

Michael Yuffee joined Reed Smith LLP in 2014 from Fried Frank. He is a regulatory lawyer who represents clients in FERC and CFTC matters, and is well respected for his work defending clients facing regulatory investigations. Sources comment on his practical approach to matters.

Thomas Blackburn of Schiff Hardin LLP represents utilities and electricity cooperatives in FERC proceedings. His work includes advising on transmission matters, FERC audits, market rules and competition matters.

Rodney Moore of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is an M&A and private equity lawyer who advises clients in the oil and gas space. He acted for Warwick Energy on its acquisition of Sugarkane, an oil and gas company with interests in the Eagleford shale in Texas. 

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Senior Statesman

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Eminent Practitioners

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