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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Energy & Natural Resources

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What the team is known for

A market-leading and impressively broad-based group with recognized ability across the full range of energy sectors. Best known as one of the strongest and deepest nuclear regulatory teams in the country, frequently handling the largest and most complex of matters for utilities. Offers clients a strong regulatory power practice with extensive capabilities in compliance and enforcement matters before FERC. Also noted for expertise in regulatory matters for oil and gas clients and extensive administrative and appellate litigation capabilities. Supplements its sector-spanning regulatory expertise with broad capabilities in the acquisition, sale and financing of conventional and renewable power assets.


One impressed client reports: "Morgan Lewis provides exceptional client service. They are masterful at putting themselves in the shoes of their clients, blending their outside counsel expertise with a sophisticated appreciation of the specific client perspectives."

Another client adds: "They are all outstanding, knowledgeable lawyers and are a pleasure to deal with. They are responsive and provide sound advice and support."

Commentators say: "They have a very deep bench, are resourceful and very responsive."

Interviewees say: "It's a truly fine firm with a strong nuclear practice."

Market sources note: "They have a great breadth of knowledge of the industry, and really understand how utilities work."

Sources highlight: "The team is efficient, thorough, reasonable and easy to work with."

Work highlights

Represented ENMAX Corporation in its acquisition of Emera Maine in a $1.3 billion transaction.

Represented Ameren Corporation in the sale of 7.54 million shares of its common stock through an equity forward. The transaction was valued at $560 million.

Assisted Cheniere Energy in obtaining a waiver of certain FERC regulations, allowing it to enter into natural gas purchase and LNG sales agreements, including obtaining provision of a blanket waiver for future such agreements.

Secured a ground-breaking approval from the NRC for Florida Power & Light Company to extend the operating life of two of its nuclear plants from 60 to 80 years.

Acted on behalf of NorthWestern Energy to prepare a formula rate filing, the first in a decade the company submitted to FERC.

Notable practitioners

Alex Polonsky is capable of handling proceedings before the NRC as well as advising clients on a broad range of regulatory issues, particularly concerning waste storage and nuclear technology development.
"One of the recognized leaders in export control and DOE matters, he has deep expertise in that area. He is responsive, smart and knows the inner workings of the agency." "He has a fantastic brain and is very good on nuclear export and international trade issues."

Brad Fagg adroitly advises clients on spent fuel issues and related disputes. He is further noted for his expertise in a range of regulatory and contractual matters spanning the nuclear sector.
"A fantastic litigator."

Daniel Skees routinely acts on behalf of electric utilities in FERC authorizations and approvals relating to acquisitions.
"He has a mastery of fast and intensive cases."

John Klauberg centers his highly acclaimed power market practice around mergers, acquisitions and sales as well as joint venture agreements, with a particular focus on representing utilities.
"Without a doubt, the most experienced energy lawyer in the business. Both knowledgeable and practical, he understands the business and really advises with the totality of circumstances in mind. He makes sure he’s familiar with the detail but never fails to appreciate the big picture."

John Hood has a strong track record in advising energy companies and utilities on securities law, including high-value public offerings.
"He knows the industry back to front, is extremely judicious and has a wealth of knowledge." "Tremendous intellect, tremendous guy; tremendous all around."

Joseph Lowell focuses his practice on electric utility and natural gas clients, advising them on the full spectrum of regulatory issues pertaining to ISO and RTO, including rules and ratemaking proceedings.
"Really sharp on FERC rate matters; he knows the area inside out. He is an expert on formula rate cases."

Kathryn Sutton has considerable expertise in the areas of nuclear plant licensing and decommissioning alongside broader regulatory and adjudicatory issues across the sector.
"A brilliant lawyer who is a leader on license renewals."

Kimberly Reisler focuses her practice on utilities and underwriters, leveraging her considerable expertise in corporate and securities law to assist with a broad array of power sector transactions.
"Absolutely terrific. She's a great lawyer and very active in the energy space."

Kirstin Gibbs has a distinguished background handling oil and gas pipeline matters, including disputes arising from commercial contracts and project permitting. Her recent experience includes handling FERC approvals and investigations in the natural gas sector.
"Kirstin is fantastic. She is practical, gets the job done and figures out elegant solutions." "She's very knowledgeable, talks through the details and sees the bigger picture."

Michael Espinoza has expertise in energy transactions focused in the regulated utilities and renewables space. He often handles high-value acquisitions.
"An incredible corporate attorney who is very experienced in the utility sector. He is exceptionally smart, very practical and extremely responsive." "Very strong in negotiations and very hard-working."

Pam Tsang Wu demonstrates broad expertise across the oil and gas sector. She has notable experience handling FERC regulations and approvals, purchase and sale agreements and Section 4 rate cases.

Stephen Spina is frequently called upon by clients to advise on regulatory matters spanning market pricing, standards compliance and rate proceedings.
"He's very good on enforcement matters and has great judgment." "He is terrific to work with and does a great job for his clients; he comes up with solutions and has a great regulatory brain."

Thomas Giblin has expertise spanning private placements as well as debt and equity offerings, which he deftly handles on behalf of utility and energy clients.
"A stellar name in the industry. He is very sharp, extremely hard-working and does a great job for his clients." "A fantastic securities lawyer."

Timothy Matthews has considerable expertise across the sector and is frequently called upon to act for clients before the NRC on licensing and development matters. He has further strength in investigations and enforcement work.
"A wonderful attorney. He's logical, reasonable and clients love working with him."

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Our market-leading energy team navigates the complex mix of global markets and regulation across six continents for clients with interests in oil and gas, electric, nuclear, and renewable energy. Major participants in every sector of the energy market—oil and gas, conventional electric, nuclear, renewable energy, and water—turn to Morgan Lewis for regulatory guidance.

Our practice, which includes 40 partners in energy regulatory and litigation practices and dozens more in energy transactions, has received awards and recognitions that include:
•    Practice Group of the Year, Energy (Law360, 2016)
•    National Tier 1 Firm, Energy (U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers, 2016)
•    Law Firm of the Year, Energy (U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers, 2015)
•    Top 10 Energy Law Firm (Houston Business Journal, 2014-2016)

Oil & Gas Regulatory and Litigation. We are a recognized leader in providing energy regulatory and litigation advice to domestic and international oil and gas companies and market participants.

Nuclear Regulatory. Our premier nuclear energy practice represents companies involved in all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle.

Electric – Regulatory and Litigation. Morgan Lewis’s electric energy practice is one of the largest and most diverse practices in the United States.

Oil & Gas Transactional. We have deep experience and a strong reputation in the oil and gas sector. 

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Energy & Natural Resources

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP


1701 Market Street




PA 19103-2921

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

USA - Nationwide

Energy: Electricity (Finance)

John T Hood
Senior Statespeople
Kimberly Reisler
Band 1
Thomas P Giblin Jr
Band 1

Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation)

J. Daniel Skees
Band 5
Joseph Lowell
Band 5
Stephen M Spina
Band 3

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