THE FIRM Andrews Kurth has built up an impressive practice representing large industrial consumers of energy before the state and federal agencies and courts. Specifically, the team represents the interests of Texas Industrial Energy Consumers (TIEC), a trade organization comprising more than 40 major energy users. Other key clients include South Florida Hospital and Healthcare Association, and the Texas Association of Manufacturers. Andrews Kurth is home to one of the deepest energy teams in the state, with 12 lawyers dedicated to energy regulation and litigation.
KEY INDIVIDUALS "Standout litigator" Rex VanMiddlesworth handles a variety of cases, including electric rate cases and licensing disputes, before the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) and state and federal courts. According to peers, "VanMiddlesworth has to be taken very seriously as an adversary." He recently obtained a favorable ruling from the PUCT against Lone Star Transmission, on behalf of his client US Gypsum Company.
Lino Mendiola also appears before the Texas agencies, representing municipalities, counties and other public entities in electricity-related cases. He is heavily involved in the firm's ongoing representation of TIEC. Mendiola also has vast experience in general litigation matters across Texas, and is described as an "extremely capable and talented lawyer."
Phillip Oldham is highly rated for his advocacy on behalf of public entities before the Texas legislature and state agencies. A registered lobbyist, he also provides services such as regulatory and legislative negotiations, bill drafting, coalition management, grassroots strategies and legislative monitoring.
Of counsel Tammy Cooper is an up-and-comer in the Texas energy market. She has strong background experience, including nine years working at the PUCT. Recently, she successfully represented Greenbelt Alliance in a hearing before the State Office of Administrative Hearings concerning the location of Oncor Electric Delivery's transmission line.