Tom Anson’s regulatory and administrative law practice spans well over three decades. He studied regulated industries and energy law in law school, and upon graduation clerked for Judge Sam Johnson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (who served on the “Gas Panel” which reviews decisions of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission).
Tom’s primary area of practice is state and federal energy and utility law. This involves regulatory, contract, financial, administrative, and litigation matters for the electric, oil and gas, and other infrastruture industries, including matters before the Public Utility Commission of Texas, the Railroad Commission of Texas, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the courts. His practice also involves other areas of administrative and governmental law, including assistance on contracts for the procurement of certain goods and services by governmental bodies, such as by municipal entities.
Representative energy and utility clients include independent power producers, wind generators, electric transmission service providers, electric power aggregation, gas and other pipeline companies, municipally-owned gas and electric utilities, rural electric cooperatives, industrial customers, commercial businesses, and lenders or investors in the energy and utility industries.
Other Court Admissions
— U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the Western District of Texas
Non-Litigation Experience — Acting as lenders’ or investors’ local counsel on regulatory and related Texas issues involved in various financial transactions, such as wind farms, other generation facilities, and new electric transmission lines located in Texas.
Negotiation of various wholesale electric power supply and related agreements, retail electric power supply agreements, and electric aggregation agreements.
Negotiation and preparation of retail electric supply and related agreements for large loads with unusual usage characteristics.
Consultations with clients regarding the interpretation of various electric and gas supply and transportation agreements.
Consultations with clients regarding various electric, gas, and other regulatory requirements.
Assisting clients on agency rulemakings.
Assisting clients on various utility ratemaking and tariff matters.
Handling various uncontested approval or other regulatory matters.
Consultations with clients regarding the interpretation and application of various electric, gas, and other regulatory requirements to their business organizations and operations.
Assist clients with various regulatory authorization and compliance filings.
Litigation Experience — Successfully defended a municipal electric and gas utility in a series of state and federal court lawsuits that attempted to wrest utility management and control away from its independent board of trustees.
Successfully defended a gas pipeline company in a regulatory dispute with another gas pipeline company over “ratable take” priority flow-through before the Railroad Commission of Texas.
Successfully defended a gas pipeline company in a regulatory dispute over its status as exempt from gas utility regulation before the Railroad Commission of Texas.
Successfully defended a gas pipeline company against another gas pipeline company’s attempt to increase its transportation rate at the Railroad Commission of Texas.
Obtained a favorable settlement for a gas producer after presenting oral argument in federal appellate court despite a district court take-nothing judgment in a gas purchase contract pricing dispute.
Obtained a favorable settlement for a gas gatherer after presenting oral argument in federal appellate court in a gas processing contract termination dispute.
Advised on Railroad Commission of Texas and oil and gas issues that assisted in the successful resolution of court litigation over natural gas storage assets.