Mr. O'Donnell represents US and international businesses that are engaged in the energy industry as independent power producers, energy trading companies, electric utilities, consumers of power, or equity and debt investors. His work encompasses a wide variety of advisory, litigation and transactional matters including representation of applicants and interveners in mergers and acquisitions cases, RTO proceedings, transmission and interconnection matters, market-based rates, government audits and enforcement actions (both state and federal), and state and federal regulatory proceedings.
Mr. O'Donnell has extensive experience negotiating agreements for the purchase and sale of electric energy and related products, thermal energy and natural gas. He also has extensive experience representing clients before the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state public service commissions and federal and state appellate courts. He has presented oral argument in many state and federal appellate courts. He has also served as an arbitrator in several disputes involving power purchase agreement and as an expert witness.
Mr. O'Donnell is a nationally recognized authority within the energy industry who has been invited to speak at many venues. Mr. O'Donnell has been interviewed by national and international media. He was interviewed by TV Globo Internacional, Brazil's largest television programmer, regarding the US energy regulatory system, and by MSNBC, regarding the proposed acquisition of TXU by a private equity group. Mr. O'Donnell is also an accomplished author on energy markets and regulatory issues.
He is consistently listed in yearly editions of Chambers USA and Chambers Global, both of which have included him in Band One for Energy: Electricity for many years. The 2013 edition of Chambers Global described him as "a leader on regulatory matters who is praised as a sophisticated practitioner." Chambers USA 2013 notes, "Clients afford him particular praise for his 'excellent industry connections' and the way in which he can aptly 'find out what the real issue is and work with regulators to get things done.'"