Latham & Watkins LLP

Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Experienced in all matters pertaining to energy infrastructure for prominent clients in both the renewables space and the oil and gas industry. Frequently assists clients with first-in-kind projects. Also offers strength in handling matters before agencies such as the CPUC, CEC and the US Department of Energy. Deftly manages trial and appellate litigation resulting from agency decisions. Notable for its involvement in rulemaking proceedings affecting clients in the energy sector.

Strengths Clients report: "The quality of their analysis and advice is always top drawer."

Work highlights Represented General Electric in the decommissioning of the Inland Empire Energy Center and redevelopment of the site as a battery energy storage system.

Notable practitioners

Charles Read is commended for his agency-facing practice, frequently appearing before the CPUC and other state agencies on behalf of regulated energy clients. He is noted for his recent experience handling energy-related issues arising out of the 2019 California wildfire legislation. He is held in high regard for his knowledge of emerging technologies in the power sector including smart metering and distributed generation. Sources praise his "intelligence and excellent judgment."

Marc Campopiano is commended for his expertise in matters affecting residential and community power generation projects. He regularly appears before the CPUC and other government agencies, guiding clients through approval proceedings and managing energy regulatory compliance. Clients say: "He provides excellent strategic advice and is in tune with the realities of the political environment."

Michael Carroll is particularly noted for his permitting and rulemaking expertise, regularly defending clients in challenges to previously secured approvals. He represents clients engaged in power generation and transmission as well as upstream, midstream and downstream gas companies. He is further noted for his knowledge of energy adjacent environmental regulations.