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Vinson & Elkins LLP
WASHINGTON, DC 20037-1701
United States
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Energy Regulation




John represents companies in the energy industry in transactional and regulatory matters, primarily focused on the natural gas and electric power industries. He is one of a handful of lawyers in the country who is ranked by Chambers USA for his regulatory work in both electricity and oil and gas.

John has worked on numerous domestic and international transactions involving the production and transportation of natural gas and liquefied natural gas, the development of gas-fired power plants, and the sale or acquisition of electric power and natural gas assets.

He has also represented natural gas pipeline owners, liquefied natural gas importers, investor-owned utilities, owners of qualifying facilities, exempt wholesale generators, electric power marketers, and municipalities before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Department of Energy (DOE). John also counsels clients on commercial and regulatory issues in the domestic retail electricity market.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Energy regulation: electric power

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John DeckerVinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP handles proceedings before several regulatory bodies, including the FERC, DOE, NERC and PUCT. The group has experience representing clients in rate cases, non-public investigations, transmission-line certification cases, rulemakings and the sale and purchase of power generation facilities and transmission assets, among other matters. It also advises clients on compliance with NERC’s reliability standards and assists with obtaining grants and loan guarantees before the DOE. Based in Washington DC, John Decker handles both regulatory and transactional matters for natural gas and electric power clients. For expertise on regulations impacting the development, purchase and sale of utility-related infrastructure, Austin-based Michael Tomsu is recommended. James Seegers and Anita Wilson co-chair the group from Houston and Washington DC, respectively.