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Steptoe & Johnson LLP
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United States > Industry focus > Energy litigation: conventional power

With clients such as Arizona Public Service Company and Southern California Edison, the work of Steptoe & Johnson LLP‘s electric practice group spans much of the US. Richard Roberts is the head of the ‘seasoned‘ 23-lawyer group, which ‘works to advance business interests while maintaining the necessary regulatory relationships‘. Antitrust expert Douglas Green and others successfully acted for Eversource Energy (the largest transmission owner in New England) in a class action antitrust and consumer fraud complaint; the plaintiff alleged that the defendant purposely withheld gas transportation capacity on the Algonquin gas pipeline, increasing wholesale electricity price in New England by a total of $3.7bn over several years. In an ongoing matter for the same client, a team led by the ‘creative, strategic and forward-thinking‘ David Raskin represents Eversource Energy in four complaints filed at FERC seeking to reduce the return on equity allowed for New England’s transmission owners. Gary Morgans is ‘a master of FERC rate-making theory‘; also recommended are Daniel MullenCharles MillsSteven Ross and Jennifer Key. Associate Karen Bruni is noted for her FERC enforcement and investigation work. Mark Johnson joined the Chicago office from McGuireWoods LLP in June 2018; of counsel Heather Horne departed for an in-house position at Duke Energy in November 2018. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC, unless otherwise noted.

United States > Industry focus > Energy regulation: conventional power

Key areas of activity for Steptoe & Johnson LLP‘s energy team include FERC investigations, rate cases and regulatory assistance on transactions. FERC enforcement specialist Richard Roberts heads the team. A group led by Steven Ross assisted a major electric and natural gas utility with obtaining FERC authorizations for its $16.4bn all-stock merger with SCANA. Another significant matter is the firm’s representation of Eversource Energy, New England’s largest energy provider, in a FERC complaint proceeding; the counterparties seek a reduction in the return on equity given to New England transmission owners, which could cost the client several billion dollars of transmission investment. David RaskinGary Morgans and of counsel Hunter Hodges are active on this. Douglas GreenDaniel Mullen and Marc Spitzer are other names to note. Wesley Heath joined the group from FERC’s Office of Enforcement in April 2018; Mark Johnson joined the Chicago office from McGuireWoods LLP in June 2018. Named attorneys are based in DC, unless otherwise noted.

United States > Industry focus > Energy regulation: oil and gas

Praised by a client for its ‘exceptional depth of experience‘, Steptoe & Johnson LLP‘s DC-based oil and gas pipeline department is led by FERC and appellate court specialist Daniel Poynor. The ‘seasoned‘ team is ‘full of strategic thinkers‘ who specialize in representing companies in cost-of-service and market-based rate proceedings. Recent highlights include Poynor and Steven Reed leading a team that negotiated and obtained regulatory approvals for a settlement pertaining to the Trans Alaska Pipeline System on behalf of ConocoPhillips; the settlement brought to an end over a decade of rate litigation at FERC, the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and various state and federal courts. Elsewhere, Douglas Green and others successfully acted for Eversource in a class action antitrust and consumer fraud complaint initiated by retail electric consumers in New England; the plaintiffs alleged that the client, along with Avangrid, purposely withheld gas transportation capacity on the Algonquin gas pipeline in order to benefit from the resultant increased prices of rival electric generators. Enbridge and Colonial Pipeline Company are some other impressive names which feature on the firm’s client list. Steven Brose is also highly recommended.