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Experience

Katie Coleman focuses her practice on regulatory and administrative law, with an emphasis on state and federal energy regulations, energy markets, energy litigation, and government affairs and appeals. Katie’s significant experience with rate regulation under the Public Utility Commission of Texas (“PUCT”) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), and her familiarity with the competitive energy market within the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (“ERCOT”), allow her to provide clients with practical solutions for managing their electric costs and participating in the wholesale market.

Katie “continues to make a name for herself in the electric energy market” and “garners praise from peers and clients alike.” – Chambers USA

In addition, Katie routinely assists companies with regulatory compliance and diligence in contracting and infrastructure projects, including structuring energy agreements, joint ownership agreements for privately owned electrical facilities, energy supply agreements, and cogeneration agreements. Katie also has expertise in administrative law matters involving rulemakings and disputes before the Texas Railroad Commission, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, and the Texas Racing Commission.

Named the 2019 Austin Energy Regulatory Law “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America© by Woodward/White Inc.

Board Member of the Gulf Coast Power Association and Former President of the State Bar of Texas Public Utility Law Section

Representative Matters

  • Assists wholesale market participants with registration, planning, and compliance issues involving ERCOT and the Texas Reliability Entity (“TRE”)
  • Negotiates revisions to the ERCOT protocols on behalf of large energy consumers
  • Provides regulatory counseling on a broad range of energy contracts and conducts regulatory due diligence for proposed energy and electricity transactions
  • Negotiates and structures electric supply arrangements for industrial sites, including cogeneration agreements, retail supply arrangements, and subtractive metering configurations
  • Structures joint ownership and operating agreements for privately owned electrical facilities
  • Represents private landowners in transmission line routing (“CCN”) cases before the Public Utility Commission of Texas (“PUC”) and the State Office of Administrative Hearings (“SOAH”), including historic ranches, oil and gas fields, industrial sites, and commercial properties
  • Advocates for large electricity users in rulemakings and policy matters before the PUC on a broad array of issues such as wholesale market design, transmission planning, energy efficiency, and rate design
  • Represents clients in contested matters before the PUC and related appeals
  • Drafts and negotiates legislation in Texas on a broad base of topics, including energy, biofuels, gaming, and tax matters
  • Represented large retail electric provider in customer dispute before district court and the PUC
  • Represents horse and greyhound racetracks before the Texas Racing Commission on various issues, including working with the agency to develop rules authorizing and regulating historical racing

Honors & Affiliations

Distinctions/Honors

  • Chambers USA by Chambers and Partners (Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation (Electricity)), 2015-2019
  • Austin Energy Regulatory Law “Lawyer of the Year,” The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc., 2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Administrative/Regulatory Law, Energy Regulatory Law), 2018-2020
  • Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters (Legislative & Governmental Affairs), 2016-2019
  • Recommended Attorney, The Legal 500 US by Legalease (Industry Focus: Energy Regulatory – Conventional Power), 2017-2019
  • Lawyers on the Rise, Texas Lawyer, 2018

Memberships/Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, Gulf Coast Power Association; Empowering Women Committee; Vice Chair, 2017 Empowering Women Conference; Co-Chair, 2016 Spring Conference
  • President, State Bar of Texas Public Utility Law Section, 2016-17; Secretary/Treasurer, 2014-15; Council Member, 2013-14
  • Member, Association of Women in Energy
  • Member, GCPA Empowering Women Committee
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Education & Admissions

Education

  • J.D., 2007, with honors, The University of Texas School of Law; The Review of Litigation, Associate Editor 2006-2007, Legal Research Board
  • B.A., 2004, with high honors, The University of Texas at Austin; Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board, Special Honors in Plan II

Admissions

  • Texas
  • New Mexico