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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Kathryn Sutton

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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 regulatory: conventional power

Within: Energy regulatory: conventional power

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP distinguishes itself through its experience in the electric as well as nuclear energy industry. On the electric side, the firm counsels utilities, transmission entities, power marketers, generators, developers and investors on regulatory aspects of transactions, compliance and enforcement matters. A recent engagement saw the team advising Maxim Power on the regulatory approval process for the sale of its US portfolio of power projects to HSE AC 1; Mark Williams led the case. On the nuclear side, Paul Bessette assisted NuScale with the design approval submission for a small modular reactor to the NRC, while practice head Kathryn Sutton and Stephen Burdick advised STP Nuclear Operating Company on its license renewal process.

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Energy regulatory: oil and gas

Within: Energy regulatory: oil and gas

Under the leadership of Kathryn Sutton, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP handles FERC compliance, enforcement and transactional issues as well as litigation on behalf of oil and natural gas companies, such as Pioneer Natural Resources and Statoil Natural Gas. Kirstin Gibbs and Levi McAllister are handling multiple FERC natural gas rate cases for various clients, including Cheniere Energy, Dominion Energy as well as Duke Energy Kentucky and Duke Energy Ohio among others. Another highlight saw Gibbs, alongside litigator Winn Carter, represent South Jersey Resources Group in a pricing dispute related to the sale of natural gas by Antero Resources.

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