Karol Lyn Newman - Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

Karol Lyn Newman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 202-783-4141

    Karol Lyn Newman is the head of the federal energy practice at the law firm of Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP.  Ms. Newman has 40 years of experience representing companies in proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and its predecessor agency, the Federal Power Commission, including the prosecution and litigation of certificate proceedings, abandonment proceedings, rate proceedings, tariff proceedings, and enforcement proceedings.  In addition, Ms. Newman regularly advises companies on regulatory requirements related to the development of interstate pipeline and storage projects, assists in the development of strategies involving the sale and acquisition of regulated assets, and provides regulatory guidance on corporate reorganizations, restructurings and contract realignments.  Ms. Newman is also frequently consulted on matters involving federal/state jurisdiction, interagency jurisdiction, federal preemption, eminent domain, regulatory takings, statutory interpretation, affiliated transactions and environmental concerns.

    Over the course of her career, Ms. Newman has represented both regulated and unregulated entities in virtually all aspects of the natural gas business – production, gathering, transportation, storage, marketing and distribution.  As part of the services provided to clients, Ms. Newman regularly conducts FERC compliance training and assists in the development of internal compliance programs.  Ms. Newman is also a seasoned appellate lawyer, having served as lead counsel on numerous appeals of FERC orders to the United States Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, as well as on appeals brought to the Fourth, Fifth, and Eleventh Circuits.

    Ms. Newman is an honors graduate of both the University of Maryland (B.A.) and the University of Maryland School of Law (J.D. 1973), where she served as Articles Editor of the Maryland Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. She is also a member of the American Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Maryland Bar Association, and the Federal Energy Bar Association. Ms. Newman has also been recognized as a leading natural gas lawyer, having been honored at the Americas Women in Business Law Awards in 2012 as "Best in Energy, Natural Resources, and Mining" and having been recognized as a leading energy lawyer in Best Lawyers in America (2006-2015).

Additional Information

Practice Areas
  • Energy Regulation
  • Enforcement
University of MarylandBA 1971University of MarylandJ.D. 1973
Energy Bar Association

Client Comments

"Ms. Newman and I have worked together on various matters for more than a decade. She is very insightful, and a very effective communicator. While ably representing her clients, she never overworks an issue. Her ethics are beyond reproach. With opposing counsel, she is extremely civil but never intimidated. Smart, thoughtful, and easy to work with, I appreciate the opportunity to team up with Ms. Newman."

Office Location

1800 M Street, NW, Suite 800N
Washington, DC 20036
United States

Practice Areas

Energy Law