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Nicholas Gladd

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Nic Gladd is a corporate Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Nic represents clients in complex regulatory, transactional, and litigation matters involving the energy industry, with a particular focus on power markets and infrastructure.

Nic served at the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for more than six years, where he held several high-level positions. He served as legal advisor to two FERC Commissioners—Chairman Kevin J. McIntyre and Commissioner Tony Clark—whom he counseled on matters involving organized wholesale electricity markets, natural gas and oil pipeline rates and infrastructure, North American Electric Reliability Corporation standards, and electric transmission rates and interconnection rules.

Prior to joining Chairman McIntyre’s staff in 2017, Nic was a litigation attorney in the FERC Solicitor's Office, where he defended FERC in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and U.S. District Courts. In that role, he litigated numerous high-profile cases concerning forward capacity markets, power generation and interconnection, interregional transmission planning, natural gas pipeline certificates and rates, and hydropower facility licensing. Nic began his service at FERC in the Office of the General Counsel’s Energy Markets Division, where he drafted agency orders on a range of matters, including RTO/ISO tariffs and public utilities’ return on equity.


Vermont Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2012, American Jurisprudence awards in Administrative Law and Advanced Energy Seminar, Dean's List; Bowdoin College, A.B., International Environmental Policy, 2003.

United States: Industry focus

Energy litigation: oil and gas

Within: Energy litigation: oil and gas

Kirkland & Ellis LLP's impressive track record of work in the oil and gas space includes representation in industry-wide criminal antitrust cases, cases arising from oil spills and those concerning refinery explosions. Anna Rotman (Houston), Daniel Donovan (DC) and Matthew Regan (Chicago) are key contacts for the firm's litigation practice. The team handled significant work for BP in 2018; in an ongoing matter, Regan and others act for the client in civil litigation and appeals arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion and fire, which resulted in an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In DC, Ragan Naresh and Donovan are representing defendant Chesapeake Appalachia in a lawsuit brought by some lessors of land in Wyoming alleging violations of well-density and pooling requirements, the underpayment of royalties, and failure to operate for the mutual benefit of the parties. Chicago-based senior litigation partner Richard Godfrey is also recommended. Of counsel Nicholas Gladd (DC), who has expertise in both regulatory and contentious matters, joined from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in March 2019.

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