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McGuireWoods LLP

2001 K STREET N.W., SUITE 400, WASHINGTON, DC 20006-1040, USA
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Todd Mullins

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McGuireWoods LLP

Work Department

Government Regulatory and Criminal Investigations

Position

Washington, D.C., Office Managing Partner

Career

Todd is managing partner of McGuireWoods’ Washington office and serves as chair of the energy enforcement practice group. He represents energy clients with enforcement and compliance matters involving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, and other regulators, as well as related government and private litigation. He co-led the development of McGuireWoods’ FERC Enforcement Reporter, an innovative, web-based legal research tool that organizes information about FERC enforcement cases and policy statements topically. Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Todd was a branch chief at FERC’s Division of Investigations, Office of Enforcement, in Washington, D.C., from 2006 to 2010. There, he led cases and policy development for FERC under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005). These included market manipulation cases, such as Amaranth/Hunter, the first FERC market manipulation case; electric reliability matters, including the Florida Blackout, the first FERC electric reliability case, and the Office of Enforcement lead on Order No. 693 that approved the Reliability Standards; general enforcement program matters, such as policy statement development, development of practices, and prosecutorial discretion standards; and developing FERC's penalty guidelines, which significantly impact compliance programs and enforcement matters. These all have significance under the "$1 million per violation, per day" civil penalty authority implemented under EPAct 2005. In private practice and in government, Todd has been involved in various forms of litigation and enforcement involving energy matters for more than 25 years.

Member

Antitrust, Public Utilities and Litigation Sections, American Bar Association; District of Columbia Bar Association; Maryland Bar Association; Compliance & Enforcement Committee, Energy Bar Association

Education

The George Washington University, JD, magna cum laude, Member, George Washington Law Review, 1989; West Virginia University, BS, Finance, 1986


United States: Industry focus

Energy litigation: conventional power

Within: Energy litigation: conventional power

Ryan Purpura in Pittsburgh and Todd Mullins and Noel Symons in Washington DC jointly head the energy industry team at McGuireWoods LLP. The firm's clients in the conventional energy space include both traditional electric utilities such as Cleco Power and major names in clean energy such as NextEra Energy. Todd Mullins (DC) and others assisted Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) with a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) enforcement matter concerning the client's electricity offers into the Pennsylvania New Jersey Maryland (PJM) market; the matter was successfully resolved, saving the client approximately  $135m in disgorgement. Elsewhere, a group led by Noel Symons (DC) represented Duke American Transmission Company in a rate case to recover the costs of its share of a transmission upgrade initially funded through a public-private partnership. The firm is able to litigate contested rate cases at both state and federal level. Senior counsel John Perkins joined the Washington DC office from FERC in March 2018.

Ryan Purpura in Pittsburgh and Todd Mullins and Noel Symons in Washington DC jointly head the energy industry team at McGuireWoods LLP. The firm's clients in the conventional energy space include both traditional electric utilities such as Cleco Power and major names in clean energy such as NextEra Energy. Todd Mullins (DC) and others assisted Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) with a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) enforcement matter concerning the client's electricity offers into the Pennsylvania New Jersey Maryland (PJM) market; the matter was successfully resolved, saving the client approximately  $135m in disgorgement. Elsewhere, a group led by Noel Symons (DC) represented Duke American Transmission Company in a rate case to recover the costs of its share of a transmission upgrade initially funded through a public-private partnership. The firm is able to litigate contested rate cases at both state and federal level. Senior counsel John Perkins joined the Washington DC office from FERC in March 2018.

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Energy regulation: conventional power

Within: Energy regulation: conventional power

At McGuireWoods LLP, the energy industry team is led by Pittsburgh-based Ryan Purpura and Washington DC pair Todd Mullins and Noel Symons. Mullins regularly leads on enforcement-related matters; Symons specializes in work related to regional transmission organization (RTO) markets and cost allocation. A group led by Symons represented Cleco Power in a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) filing updating its rate for the provision of reactive power, permitting the client to recover its cost of service. Elsewhere, Richmond-based partners Joe Reed and Elaine Ryan, assisted by counsel Stephen Watts, provided regulatory advice to Dominion Energy on its merger with SCANA Corporation. The transaction created a company capable of supplying 6.5 million electricity and natural gas customers and was valued at $14.6bn. Senior counsel John Perkins, who joined the DC office from FERC in March 2018, is another name to note.

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