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Rooney Rippie & Ratnaswamy LLP

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • 350 W. Hubbard Street
  • Suite 600
  • Chicago
  • Illinois
  • USA
  • IL 60654

Firm profile submitted by Rooney Rippie & Ratnaswamy LLP

Managing Partners: John Rooney, E Glenn Rippie, John Ratnaswamy
Number of partners: 9
Number of lawyers: 13
Languages: English, Spanish

Rooney Rippie & Ratnaswamy LLP (‘R3’) is a boutique energy and infrastructure, environmental, health and safety, and litigation law firm. The firm’s partners, who have worked at several of the nation’s largest law firms, together have nearly 200 years of combined legal experience serving the electricity, natural gas, pipeline and rail transportation, water, chemical, and telecommunications industries. R3 works with clients on resource planning, transaction approval, strategy and risk management; legislation and rulemakings; all types of regulatory proceedings, including rate cases, investigations and audits, and facility siting and approval; stakeholder processes; corporate compliance; and litigation before federal, state, and local courts and agencies. The firm is business driven, nimble, and experienced in both the law and the industries that it serves.

PRACTICE AREAS: Energy & Natural Resources, Environmental, Health & Safety, Pipeline Compliance & Safety, Litigation

Energy & Infrastructure:

Rate-Related Proceedings:
■ General electric, natural gas LDC, and water rate cases
■ Annual electric delivery formula rate update and revenue requirement reconciliation proceedings before the Illinois Commerce Commission (‘ICC’)
■ Reconciliations of gas costs under purchased gas riders and electric procurement costs under competitive procurement rates
■ Investigations and audits of the prudence of gas and electric supply procurement

Regulation of Utility Operations:
■ Special regulatory counsel to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority concerning rate, resource planning, and other matters
■ Strategic counselling and representation in regulatory proceedings regarding restructured rates, smart grid development and deployment, and distributed resources
■ State regulatory approval for new electric transmission facilities, including most recently a 60-mile 345kV electric transmission line
■ Representation of an electric utility in litigation over the obligation to purchase the output of a proposed clean coal facility, including CO2 mitigation
■ Representation of a gas utility before the Illinois Power Authority, ICC, and Illinois circuit court regarding potential statutory obligation to enter into a synthetic natural gas sourcing agreement relating to gas purchases over a 30-year term

Mergers & Acquisitions:
■ Lead counsel for The Southern Company, AGL Resources Inc. (‘AGLR’), and Nicor Gas Company in proceeding seeking ICC approval of The Southern Company’s acquisiton of AGLR, the parent company of Nicor Gas Company
■ Lead counsel for AGLR, Nicor Inc., and Nicor Gas Company in proceeding seeking ICC approval of AGLR’s acquisition of Nicor Inc.
■ Representation of the Integrys companies in the ICC’s review of the proposed acquisition of Integrys Energy Group by the Wisconsin Energy Corporation

Regulatory Investigations & Litigation:
■ Investigations of operational performance, safety, and reliability for electric, gas, and water utilities and gas and fluids pipeline operators
■ Representation of alternative gas and electric suppliers concerning compliance with operational and marketing requirements
■ Defense of claims arising out of service interruptions, weather disturbances, and alleged operational issues
■ Representation of a gas utility at the ICC and on appeal concerning its performance-based rate (‘PBR’) program
Key Clients: Commonwealth Edison Company (Exelon), Nicor Gas Company (Southern), Aqua Illinois, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, Kapstone Paper and Packaging Corporation, Sperian Energy Corp., Nicor Advanced Energy

Environmental & Safety:
Compliance & Litigation:

■ Counsel to a gas utility in multiple matters involving remediation of contamination from former manufactured gas plant sites
■ Representation of railroad company for groundwater contamination by a predecessor company
■ Representation of a large natural gas transmission company related to multiple compliance initiatives
■ Representation of bulk and liquid terminals, including coal and petcoke terminals, in multiple compliance matters
■ Due diligence counsel to real estate entities, including a large property trust and an affordable housing syndicator, in acquisitions involving contaminated property
■ Representation of large container manufacturing company involving compliance with the Clean Air Act
■ Representation of a large trade association in multiple rulemakings, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and risk management program (RMP)
■ Lead counsel on compliance initiatives related to PCBs in a gas pipeline system of a pipeline company

■ Lead counsel to large electrical manufacturing company providing defense related to a multiple ‘willful’ and ‘serious’ citations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
■ Lead counsel to a large engine manufacturing company providing a defense related to multiple ‘willful’ and ‘serious’ OSHA citations
■ Representation of natural gas distribution company providing a defense related to multiple OSHA citations
■ Representation of a large trade association in multiple rulemakings, including the proposed new OSHA silica standard for the construction and general industry, occupational noise, electronic recordkeeping, and process safety management (PSM)

Pipeline Safety:
■ Representation of large steel manufacturer in matter before the ICC regarding the agency’s jurisdiction over gas pipes at its facility
■ Representation of large natural gas distribution company related to various pipeline safety incidents, including an explosion at a compressor station
■ Counselling of various natural gas companies on compliance issues under the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) laws
Key Clients: Integrys Energy Group; Eaton Corporation; Sun Chemical Corporation; Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA); Kinder Morgan; Navistar Inc.; Union Pacific Railroad; Silgan Containers; Nicor Gas Company; Louisville Gas & Electric (LG&E), Kapstone Paper and Packaging Corporation, Prairie State Generating Company, Enbridge Inc.


  • 350 W. Hubbard Street,
  • Suite 600,
  • Chicago,
  • Illinois
  • USA
  • IL 60654
  • Tel +1 312 447 2800
  • Fax +1 312 447 2899
  • Website : [email protected]