Ms Catherine McCarthy > Bracewell LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Bracewell LLP
2001 M STREET, NW, SUITE 900
WASHINGTON DC 20036
United States

Work Department

Energy

Position

Catherine McCarthy has represented asset owners and others on energy regulation and policy matters for more than two decades. She chairs Bracewell’s Energy Regulatory Department and is the current Chair Elect of the American Bar Association’s Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section. Her experience includes obtaining Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and state authorizations for major projects and transactions; FERC compliance and enforcement matters; FERC transmission and centralized markets issues; and rate, tariff and refund matters. She also represents energy clients before the Department of Energy, the Federal Communications Commission and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Education

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1993; B.A., Yale University, 1989

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Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Energy litigation: conventional power

Bracewell LLP is highlighted for its ‘excellent guidance’, and is active in high-profile and complex matters in the power industry. The team represents energy companies as both plaintiffs and defendants in litigation and arbitration throughout the US and before state and federal regulatory bodies. It has extensive experience in multi-party contested proceedings, including disputes related to compensation for energy infrastructure investment. Houston-based partner Stephen Crain is the firm-wide chair of the litigation group, and Deanna King in Austin co-chairs the energy litigation practice with Andrew Zeve in Houston; Zeve is noted for his expertise in oil and gas disputes. Other key practitioners include bankruptcy expert Bradley Benoit in Houston, and Washington DC-based duo Catherine McCarthy, who chairs the firm’s energy regulatory group, and Michael Brooks, who focuses on commodities and derivatives law.

United States > Industry focus > Energy regulation: conventional power

Bracewell LLP has a particularly strong FERC practice and also represents clients before federal appellate and district courts. The group has significant FERC litigation experience, handling multi-party contested proceedings concerning issues such as market design and transmission, and Return-on-Equity disputes, as well as day-to-day counselling. The team works closely with its Policy Resolution group to advise on major renewable energy infrastructure projects, such as offshore wind and electricity transmission. Catherine McCarthy  heads the practice and handles the full range of issues, including centralized markets. The arrival of Rachael Marsh from the FERC in July 2021 has further bolstered the group’s offering, and comes in addition to the arrivals of Anne M. Termine and Theodore Duver from Covington & Burling LLP and Loeb, Block & Partners LLP, respectively. Michael Brooks  and Stephen Hug are also recommended. All lawyers are based in Washington DC, apart from Duver who is based in New York.