Find Lawyers in Chicago, Illinois for Utilities Law
John Ratnaswamy founded his own law firm after having served as a co-founder and Partner at the widely recognized energy boutique law firm Rooney Rippie & Ratnaswamy LLP. John has spent more than two decades counseling and representing electric and natural gas industry clients, including before utility commissions and on appeal. John has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© from 2010-2021 and was named its 2014 Chicago “Lawyer of the Year” in the fi...
David Stahl, one of the founding partners of Eimer Stahl LLP, has practiced complex commercial litigation for more than forty years. He has had numerous bench and jury trials in state and federal court, as well as administrative proceedings, involving a wide variety of matters including attorney malpractice cases, construction disputes, antitrust claims, securities law violations, breach of contract cases, refusal to defend cases, and toxic torts. He has focused intensively in litigation in t...
Utilities Law Definition
Practitioners typically represent utilities, utility customers, or consumer advocacy groups. The practice includes litigation before regulatory agencies where utilities seek licenses, permits or approvals related to various activities and also includes appeals of final regulatory orders to appellate courts. The litigation includes utility rate cases in which the utility is requesting approval of an increase in its rates; and Certificate of Public Convenience & Necessity (CPCN) cases in which the utility is requesting approval to build new utility infrastructure.
The cases follow several different formats: a traditional civil trial initiated by a formal Petition or Application; a formal investigation of improper conduct initiated by the regulatory agency; or legislative type rulemaking proceedings to adopt new rules by the agency. The practice also involves transactional work typically involving the purchase and sale of utility services, utility assets or the utility itself; or the financing of new utility infrastructure. Finally the practice involves proactive counseling of utilities and other interested parties regarding compliance with federal, state, and local utility laws and regulations.
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