Spotlight Member for Winter 2016
The Spotlight Member for the EBA Update Winter 2016’s edition is Daniel Frank, a Partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP. Daniel is the dean of EBA's Primer series.
EBA Update: How did you get into energy law?
DF: Dumb luck. If I had had my druthers, I would have gone into telecommunications law, which was the big thing back when I started with Sutherland. As it turns out, there was not a place for me in the firm’s telecomm practice, so they put me in the energy group. Like I said, how lucky for me!
EBA Update: What do you value most about your membership with EBA?
DF: I value the opportunity to learn from practitioners who have great experience, insight and wisdom.
EBA Update: Why do you volunteer with EBA?
DF: Volunteering with EBA is a two-way street: It gives you the opportunity to give back to an organization and its members that have given so much to you, and it also provides an opportunity for newer lawyers to learn, meet new people, and build a reputation.
EBA Update: What guidance would you provide to new members or those new to energy law?
DF: Find a good mentor, read all the big FERC rulemakings cover to cover, and talk to engineers and other non-lawyers in the energy field. And, be active in the EBA!
EBA Update: What trends do you see happening in the energy industry over the next 3 to 5 years?
DF: Advances in technology will continue to offer opportunities and challenges. Opportunities include the continued development of energy storage and advanced nuclear reactors. Challenges include economic pressures and the increased threat of cyberattacks.