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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 regulation: conventional power

Within: Energy regulation: conventional power

The 'extremely competent and client-friendly' practitioners at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP are able to assist clients operating in all arenas of the conventional energy space. The firm's energy regulatory department is led  out of DC by Kathryn Sutton and Steve Spina; Sutton's expertise lies in nuclear power while Spina focuses on working with electric utilities. John Matthews and others are assisting Exelon Nuclear with the regulatory aspects of decommissioning Oyster Creek Generating Station, the oldest operating nuclear power plant in the country. Also of note, a group led by Brad Fagg and Paul Bessette successfully acted for Duke Energy in a breach of contract action against  the Department of Energy (DOE) pertaining to spent nuclear fuel damages; the client won $68.5m. Elsewhere, the team works on FERC investigations and provides regulatory assistance on transactions. Jane Accomando is the name to note for NRC enforcement; of counsel Joseph Lowell is also recommended. Accomando was made partner in October 2018. Grant Eskelsen is a 'top-notch associate'.

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Energy regulation: oil and gas

Within: Energy regulation: oil and gas

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has 'the unique ability to bring a regulatory focus to transactional matters'. The firm's DC-based energy department represents oil and gas clients before a range of federal regulatory bodies, including FERC, the DOE and the CFTC, as well as several state bodies. Recent highlights include a group led by Kirstin Gibbs being retained by a major LNG company to develop and file a petition for a declaratory order requesting that certain rules and prohibitions are not applied to a series of transactions the client may soon undertake. In addition to this, Gibbs, Levi McAllister and others represent a consortium of natural gas entities in a Natural Gas Act Section rate case. Shell Trading US is another notable client. Gibbs 'always provides fit-for-purpose support' and is 'exceptionally good at advising on complex issues'. Furthermore, the group is active in compliance, enforcement and investigation matters; Gibbs focuses on FERC representation while McAllister has extensive experience before the CFTC. Kathryn Sutton and Steve Spina are key contacts.

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