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Daniel Skees

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J. Daniel Skees is an associate in Morgan Lewis's Energy Practice. Mr. Skees represents electric and gas utilities, as well as other industry participants, before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He has represented electric utilities in rate and tariff proceedings, enforcement matters, and reliability standard compliance and enforcement matters. Mr. Skees also advises clients on implementing Order No. 1000 transmission planning. Mr. Skees has also litigated appeals of FERC proceedings before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Mr. Skees’s practice includes advising electric industry participants subject to compliance with mandatory electric reliability standards, including those governing the cybersecurity and physical security of critical electric infrastructure. These representations include defending clients in enforcement proceedings, including enforcement proceedings brought by FERC, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), and the Regional Entities charged with enforcing reliability standards. Related to his work on cybersecurity issues for electric utilities, Mr. Skees also advises owners and operators of critical electric infrastructure on implementing the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework. For more information, view Mr. Skees’s biography at


Member, Energy Bar Association


Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 2007, J.D., Magna Cum Laude; Pennsylvania State University, 2000, B.A., With High Distinction

United States: Industry focus

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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