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Mike applies his more than forty years of energy law experience to help navigate regulatory requirements and issues for clients in the electricity, natural gas, and oil pipeline sectors. He excels at developing clients’ rate cases, infrastructure projects, and proposed services and tariffs, and managing stakeholder and regulatory reviews to achieve favorable outcomes. Mike also is accomplished in negotiating contracts for interconnection, transmission, storage, and other services, and for the development, financing and sale of energy infrastructure assets.

Mike works with each client to identify and evaluate the best available options for achieving their goals in time- and cost-efficient ways. Recognizing that his clients typically have to deal continuously with affected stakeholders on other issues and in other forums, Mike stresses developing justifications for a client’s desired outcome without creating needless political or personal friction with regulators, customers, and opponents.

Mike is regularly involved in proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Department of Energy, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). He is also experienced in state regulatory proceedings, and in litigation in federal district courts and courts of appeals.

Contact & Links

Location

  • 1200 G Street, NW, Suite 600
    Washington, DC 20005-3898

Education

  • The George Washington University , J.D., with honors , graduated 1981
  • The Ohio State University, B.S. in Business Administration, cum laude , graduated 1977

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, District of Columbia
  • Virginia, Virginia

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association – Sections on Energy, Environment, & Resources; Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation Law - Member
  • Energy Bar Association - Member
  • Foundation of the Energy Law Journal - Board of Directors (2005-2010)
  • Natural Gas Roundtable - Member
  • U.S. Association for Energy Economics - Member

Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Energy Law

Special Focus

  • Appellate
  • Commercial
  • Electricity
  • Energy Companies
  • Environmental
  • Litigation
  • Oil and Gas
  • Project Development
  • Regulatory
  • Transactions

Awards:

  • Chambers USA, Energy: Oil & Gas (2004-2017)
  • Super Lawyers, Washington DC, Energy & Natural Resources (2008-2010)
  • Super Lawyers, Washington, DC, Utilities (2013-2015)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Energy Law (2006-2018)

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