Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Energy & Natural Resources Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Superb group, offering clients top-level regulatory advice on both oil and gas and power issues. Excels in FERC proceedings and appellate litigation, as well as enforcement, settlement negotiation and power market advice. Continues to assist clients with important government and internal investigations. Particularly highly esteemed for its representation of oil pipeline and power utility clients, offering market-leading representation on regulatory matters connected with sophisticated transactions and disputes. Possesses significant energy-related antitrust and environmental capabilities, bolstering its comprehensive offering to clients.

Strengths Clients say: "They provide outstanding legal services by responding promptly to communications, conducting thorough research considering not only the legal issues at hand, but existing business interests and strategies, and by creative problem solving."

Market commentators highlight: "They demand a high level of respect; they're top-notch lawyers."

Interviewees note: "A market leader in oil pipeline regulation before FERC."

Sources say: "They represent excellent value for clients, there's a lot of variety in their offering and they have very good lawyers."

Work highlights Acted for Colonial Pipeline in a number of matters including a series of complaints filed at FERC, challenging its indexed rates, market-based rates and market-based ratemaking authority.

Continued to represent Southern California Edison in a series of proceedings at FERC and courts in California and DC, in connection with billions of dollars of overcharges to customers during the California power crisis of 2000-2001.

Notable practitioners

Charles Mills specializes in enforcement defense and regulatory compliance pertaining to FERC, CFTC and other rules governing commodity trading. Clients say: "Calm, cool and collected, he's incredibly good at structuring and communicating the arguments he is putting forward."

Daniel Poynor is noted for his experience representing oil and gas pipeline owners in a range of disputes before FERC. He has particular expertise in ratemaking proceedings.

David Raskin has decades of experience handling a range of electric industry matters, including power market rulemakings and rate cases. Sources comment: "He is a formidable opponent and a very sharp lawyer."

Donna Byrne focuses her practice on enforcement and compliance alongside providing regulatory counsel in the context of M&A and investments. Market sources reveal: "She is very logical, detail-oriented and razor sharp in her arguments."

Douglas Green has notable experience assisting with a range of litigation and regulatory matters, frequently acting for large utilities before federal agencies. Interviewees say: "He does an excellent job of guiding clients through the FERC approval process."

Gary Morgans focuses his practice on electric utility ratemaking and related proceedings before FERC. Interviewees highlight: "He's able to digest very complex issues and his knowledge of electric utility regulations is both broad and deep. He has an ability to bring that knowledge and expertise to representing his clients very effectively."

Lon Bouknight is a "dean of the Bar," remarks one source, while another comments: "He is one of the most knowledgeable people in the industry." He possesses a wealth of expertise spanning the electric power industry. He regularly advises on regulatory approvals for mergers and acquisitions.

Jennifer Key focuses her practice on the representation of electric utilities and is frequently called upon to litigate a broad array of issues before FERC. She also manages day-to-day regulatory counseling. Interviewees note: "She works hard, moves matters along and gets the job done."

Richard Roberts has considerable expertise in spanning federal regulatory compliance, enforcement proceedings and disputes before FERC. Market commentators praise his "savviness and knowledge of the power industry," also noting: "He seems to have not only an understanding of the current issues but also what the issues would be years from now."

Steven Brose has a wealth of experience assisting pipeline owners and industry trade association with FERC proceedings concerning ratemaking and capacity allocation as well as advocating for policy change. "He's the big-picture strategy guy," remarks a source, while another notes: "He has tremendous experience and he's held in high regard by clients."

Steven Reed is commended for his work managing FERC complaints and appellate proceedings on behalf of large pipeline clients. He also advises on federal policymaking in the midstream space. Sources say: "A gentleman and man of substance, he nails the work and makes great oral arguments."

Steven Ross is recommended for his expertise in rate and cost allocation proceedings as well as transmission and interconnection access and pricing issues. He also advises large clients on the regulatory aspects of significant M&A. Peers say: "He's a very talented, reasonable to deal with and a good advocate for his clients."