Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP

Energy & Natural Resources Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Offers clients experienced regulatory counsel, being well versed in the power market and industry reform. Highly esteemed for FERC and federal court power litigation. Enjoys a fine track record for its work on behalf of state regulatory bodies, trade associations, municipalities and cooperatives. Possesses particular strength in relation to infrastructure development, rate regulation, reliability standards and competition policy. Go-to practice for representation of public sector clients and nonprofit cooperatives in the power space.

Strengths Clients say: "They provide very good client communications combined with excellent writing and responsiveness to client needs. They also have a mastery of the subject matter and really bring a focused professionalism to the challenge at hand."

Market commentators note: "The firm stays current on all aspects of the electric industry so it's easy to bring them up to speed whenever a need arises. It has excellent corporate, regulatory and litigation lawyers."

Interviewees highlight: "They are very talented attorneys with a very deep knowledge of the issues. They're also very cost-conscious and proactive as well as extremely well prepared, knowledgeable and thorough."

Work highlights Continued to represent the New York State Public Service Commission in a federal district court complaint proceeding in which a group of generators challenged New York’s Zero-Emissions Credits program, which supports nuclear facilities as part of New York’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Notable practitioners


Cynthia Bogorad
has considerable experience representing energy sector clients, with particular strengths advising utilities on rulemaking and legislation, including proceedings before FERC. Sources highlight: "She is fantastic to work with and is able to understand the legal principles, the big picture and the details. She has it covered."


David Pomper
has notable experience representing state and municipal utilities in a range of regulatory matters, particularly those concerning transmission and other cost-based rates. Sources reveal: "He is technically brilliant, quick on his feet and very strategic."


Scott Strauss
is described by clients as "integral to our success; he's a very good team leader and exceptionally responsive, as well as clear, direct and thoughtful." He represents state utility commissions and consumer-owned and municipal utilities in regulatory challenges other contentious proceedings as well as managing complex contract negotiations. Market commentators say: "Extremely competent; he's the consummate attorney."