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Kathryn M. Sutton leads Morgan Lewis’s Energy Practice. As a partner, Ms. Sutton represents clients with respect to the full panoply of regulatory and adjudicatory issues surrounding the operation of commercial nuclear reactors throughout the entirety of the fuel cycle. She is involved in licensing a new generation of nuclear power plants in the U.S. and internationally, serving as counsel in matters involving the issuance of design certifications, combined operating licenses, early site permits, and initial Part 50 operating licenses. Ms. Sutton also has helped clients renew the operating licenses of more than 30 existing plants for an additional 20 years. For more information, view Ms. Sutton’s biography at


Vice Chair, Nuclear Energy Committee, American Bar Association Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law; Member, Energy Bar Association; Member, Women in Nuclear; Member, Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia; Member, Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment; Member, International Nuclear Law Association; Member, World Nuclear Association


Georgetown University Law Center, 1988, J.D., Cum Laude; Pennsylvania State University, 1985, B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

United States: Industry focus

Energy litigation: oil and gas

Within: Energy litigation: oil and gas

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is well versed in representing clients across the energy industry, including utilities, nuclear power and renewable energy companies, as well as oil and gas corporations and is best known for its experience in toxic tort and environmental litigation. Los Angeles-based lawyers David Schrader and Deanne Miller defended Shell Oil in mass toxic tort litigation matters arising from alleged petroleum hydrocarbon contamination in a residential neighborhood in Carson, California. This involved personal injury and property damage claims filed by hundreds of toxic tort plaintiffs, a public nuisance lawsuit filed by the City of Carson and a regulatory investigation. Other clients include Anadarko Petroleum and Range Resources. Kathryn Sutton heads the energy practice from Washington DC, while head of litigation Ella Foley Gannon is based in San Francisco.

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Energy regulatory: conventional power

Within: Energy regulatory: conventional power

The ‘very good’ team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP stands out for its broad energy regulatory expertise, handling contentious and non-contentious electric and nuclear power matters. On the electricity side, the team, led by Kathryn Sutton, is best known for its enforcement and compliance capabilities, acting for electric utilities, transmission entities, power marketers, generation companies and developers but also for private equity funds and investors. On the nuclear side, the practice frequently handles nuclear export and decommissioning issues, licensing of new nuclear plants and other regulatory approvals. Sutton, Timothy Matthews and Stephen Burdick advised FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating on securing a renewed operating license for the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio. Stephen Spina and the recently promoted Daniel Skees secured an appellate victory in the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for Xcel Energy Services and its public utility affiliate - Public Service Company of Colorado - by challenging a series of FERC orders on its regional transmission planning process. Levi McAllister was promoted to the partnership.

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Energy regulatory: oil and gas

Within: Energy regulatory: oil and gas

Top choiceMorgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP provides FERC, CFTC and DOE regulatory and litigation advice to oil and gas companies and other market participants. The team is particularly experienced in regulatory compliance, investigations and enforcement matters, certification and approval work for new oil and natural gas facilities. Representing shippers in oil and gas interstate pipeline rate cases and transactional matters pertaining to natural gas and LNG exports and imports are also key elements. Kirstin Gibbs, who joined the Washington DC office from Bracewell LLP, assisted Statoil Natural Gas with FERC natural gas regulatory compliance, enforcement and investigation matters and the negotiation of rate agreements. She also represented the client in interstate pipeline rate cases and tariff-filing proceedings. Litigator Fred Fielding defended Parnon Energy and Arcadia Petroleum against allegations of oil price manipulation before the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Los Angeles-based Ingrid Myers joined the energy practice, headed by Kathryn Sutton, having previously been a member of the firm’s corporate, business and transactions practice. Levi McAllister was promoted to the partnership.

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