John Moot leads the firm’s Energy Regulation and Litigation Group. He represents energy companies in a broad range of high-profile matters, including enforcement cases concerning reliability, market manipulation and tariff matters; mergers and acquisitions; federal preemption litigation; transmission access and rate cases; transmission infrastructure development; market power and market design cases; stranded cost litigation; and RTO entry and exit cases.
Mr. Moot repeatedly has been selected for inclusion in the top tier in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, according to recent editions, he is “a master of strategy who commands respect;” his “sheer legal capabilities and brilliance” and his ability “to understand the bigger picture” enables him to “counsel the client[s] in a balanced manner about their various options”; his “peers respect his thoughtful, measured and gentlemanly approach;” and he is considered “a go-to guy for ‘dissecting Commission policies, explaining what is wrong with them, and offering a roadmap of how to successfully change them.”’ Mr. Moot also was selected for inclusion in the top tier in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Businessand The Best Lawyers in America, which named him “2014 Washington DC Energy Lawyer of the Year.”
Mr. Moot’s representations include:
- the successful negotiation of several enforcement settlements and the dismissal of several enforcement investigations, including market manipulation and reliability cases;
- two companies involved in the Southwest Outage and San Diego Outage reliability investigations, and several companies in FERC-initiated reliability audits or investigations;
- electric and natural gas companies in mergers and acquisitions and transmission development projects;
- three large companies in federal preemption litigation before the federal courts and FERC;
- two large utilities in stranded cost litigation and matters involving potential retail-turned-wholesale customers;
- two large utilities in negotiation and litigation of RTO entry and exit decisions; and
- several transmission owners and project developers in transmission interconnection, access and tariff matters.
Mr. Moot joined Skadden in 1992 and left the firm in 2005 to become FERC’s general counsel (2005-2007) and thereafter its chief of staff (2007-2008). During his tenure at FERC, he played a leading role in the implementation of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, open access transmission reform, organized electricity markets reform, the creation of a reliability regulatory structure and the development of a post-EPAct enforcement program. Mr. Moot returned to the firm in 2008.
Mr. Moot is a leading author on energy regulation, with articles on reliability regulation, enforcement policy and compliance programs, transmission access reform and merger policy reform. His articles have appeared in the Energy Law Journal, The National Law Journal, the Administrative Law Review and Law360.