Recent events have caused dramatic changes for utilities and other energy-related companies and the introduction of increased competition has compelled companies to reshape their operations which previously were stringently regulated. These changes have been driven by distinct changes in regulatory philosophy in the U.S., with parallel developments internationally in varying degrees. This changed operating environment, together with the changing mix of services provided by energy companies, has altered the type and scope of needed legal services.

Our attorneys have experience in representing and advising investor-owned and publicly-owned utilities, independent providers, incumbent providers, new entrants, and industrial and municipal customers, developers, equity investors, and lenders, both domestically and internationally and in all phases of their needs: from the legislative arena, through the administrative process, and in state and federal judicial proceedings interpreting the rapidly evolving scope of utility legislation and regulation. At the same time, we are solution providers that understand the dynamics of the commercial and business world of our clients and bring sophisticated and practical experience to the structuring of transactions.

We provide a full range of legal services to clients in the energy and utilities industry, including project finance, construction and infrastructure, environmental, regulatory and legislative, and tax, relating to oil, natural gas, electricity, hydroelectric, solar and other energy sources. The firm also offers broad experience in the related practice areas of real estate, litigation, insurance, labor, special committee representation, and intellectual property. As dictated by the needs of our clients, we work in cross functional teams to provide the most comprehensive solutions and services to our clients.

Utilities & Power Systems

Experience Highlights

Wastewater compliance issues for Knoxville Utilities Board
Represented Knoxville Utilities Board with regard to wastewater compliance issues including negotiation of a comprehensive federal consent decree more
Matter alleging various business torts against Progress Energy Inc. and Carolina Power & Light Co. d/b/a Progress Energy
Represented Progress Energy in a complex matter alleging various business torts, including tortious interference with contract and unfair and more
Internal investigation of NYSE-listed energy company
Internal investigation on behalf of audit committee of NYSE-listed energy company to assess allegations regarding a wide array of issues, including more
Project counseling services for an international EPC contractor and manufacturer of power generation equipment
Provides project counseling services to an international EPC contractor and original equipment manufacturer on projects involving the construction of more