Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Practice Contacts

Katherine L. Coleman
Partner
512.404.6705
713.653.8647
Nicolas Adrian McTyre
Counsel
512.469.6146
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Thompson & Knight counsels energy sector clients on a broad array of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) matters.  Our effectiveness comes from decades of experience in representing oil and gas companies and power customers in matters before federal and state agencies.  The Firm’s team includes a former FERC lead counsel with first-hand experience in developing and defending FERC policy.

Liquids and Gas Pipelines

Leveraging the Firm’s full-service oil and gas capabilities, we deliver seamless representation before FERC and state agencies, including Austin-based representation before the influential Texas Railroad Commission.  In pipeline tariff, certification, and policy matters, our attorneys provide strategic advice and achieve business objectives through written advocacy in authoring filings, comments, and other pleadings.  In transactions, our team navigates clients around regulatory barriers furthering business objectives. 

Our experience includes:

  • Counseling on tariff and rulemaking matters impacting liquids and gas pipelines;
  • Advising on pipeline certification and abandonment issues;
  • Participating in administrative litigation before FERC and state agencies;
  • Advising on pipeline infrastructure development and project finance matters; and
  • Conducting due diligence in pipeline mergers, acquisitions, and sales of assets.

Electric Power

Thompson & Knight’s attorneys have extensive experience in regulatory matters and transactions in the electric utility and power generation sectors.  Drawing from extensive federal and state regulatory capabilities, our team counsels on electric market and transmission tariff issues before FERC and other energy regulatory agencies.

Our experience includes:

  • Advising on FERC transmission tariff issues impacting MISO and SPP customers;
  • Participating in contested cases and rulemakings impacting FERC-jurisdictional areas of Texas;
  • Advocating in MISO stakeholder and related FERC proceedings;
  • Advising on compliance with NERC reliability standards;
  • Preparing market-based rate applications; and
  • Conducting due diligence in power industry mergers, acquisitions, and sales of assets.