2019 Mid-Year Energy Forum Speaker Bios


Speaker bios

As of October 11, 2019

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Tom Abrams, CFA Principle Content Manager, Columbia Management Group


As a Principle Content Manager, Tom Abrams is responsible for managing the aggregation of fundamental energy data on the FactSet platform to help investors, brokers, investment bankers, and corporates make better informed decisions.  Mr. Abrams brings to FactSet over 35 years of investment analyst experience on both the buy- and sell-sides of the Street covering a wide variety of energy infrastructure, broad energy, and material companies among others. 

Just prior to joining FactSet, Mr. Abrams was the lead publishing Midstream MLP analyst at Morgan Stanley.  Prior to Morgan Stanley, Mr. Abrams was on the buy-side for a number of years at Columbia Management researching the energy and materials sectors.  Before Columbia, he had buyside stints at Lord, Abbett and Dreyfus as well as sell-side roles at Kidder Peabody, Oppenheimer, and Credit Suisse First Boston. 

Mr. Abrams is a graduate of Hamilton College with a major in economics and of Cornell Business School with a focus in finance and accounting.  

David Anders, Director, Stakeholder Relations, PJM, LLC 

Anders,_DavidDavid A. Anders, director – Stakeholder Affairs, PJM interconnection, is responsible for leadership of PJM’s relationships with its stakeholder and for the design and implementation of the stakeholder processes through which the rules for PJM’s markets, operation and planning are developed. 

Mr. Anders also is secretary of the PJM Members Committee, Markets and Reliability Committee and Liaison Committee and  leads several other PJM stakeholder groups.Mr. Anders’ responsibilities include not only the design and operation of the stakeholder process, but also directly facilitating development of solutions to complex energy, ancillary and capacity market, and bulk electric system  reliability issues. Mr. Anders has been with PJM Interconnection for over 20 years, previously holding leadership positions responsible for Member Relations and member Training, Procurement and Contracts, and Program Management.

Prior to joining PJM, Mr. Anders was manufacturing manager for R&M Associates, responsible for delivering all of the company’s products and services to satisfy customers needs.  He also was an engineer and project manager at PECO Energy, holding a variety of positions in engineering, project management, construction, and engineering support of operations at the company’s nuclear generating stations. Mr. Anders earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Lafayette College, a Master of Science in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Villanova University. He is a licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania.

William Anderson, Partner, crowell moring

Anderson,_William_(Bill)William L. Anderson has practiced for 27 years in product liability, toxic tort, and environmental matters that typically involve significant and complex medical and scientific issues and national coordination roles. He also serves as the vice-chair of the firm's Mass Tort, Product, and Consumer Litigation Group.

The range of cases Mr. Anderson has managed extends across birth defect litigation, alleged toxic exposure to substances in environmental media, product risk and crisis management, medical device, cutting-edge asbestos causation and expert exclusion issues, and national asbestos case management. His work for Fortune 50 companies includes a major crop protection product litigation and crisis management effort involving EPA, state and federal litigation, and an extensive claims process. Subject-wise, his knowledge includes genetic syndrome evidence, blood testing and other assessments of exposure, pharmacokinetics, causation standards, and a wide array of epidemiology and similar literature. He has addressed causation issues regarding many substances, including benzene, dioxins, TCE, vinyl chloride, and asbestos. He also tracks the science in current product and tort controversies, including synthetic turf crumb rubber, diesel exhaust, and formaldehyde.

Kate Belinski, Partner, Ballard Spahr

Belinski,_KateKate Belinski practices political and election law with a focus on lobbying and public policy, campaign finance, government ethics, and matters involving administrative law. Kate's clients include corporations, trade associations, other nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups, as well as PACs, Super PACs, other political committees, candidates, and officeholders. She counsels numerous members of Congress and their staffs on legal and financial disclosure obligations under the Ethics in Government Act and represents them before the House and Senate Ethics Committees.

Earlier in her career, Kate served as Senior Counsel to the Chair of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), subsequent to serving as an attorney in the Enforcement Division and as the agency’s Deputy Ethics Officer. She uses her deep legal knowledge to counsel clients on a range of issues under federal laws, including the Federal Election Campaign Act, Lobbying Disclosure Act, Foreign Agents Registration Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and Administrative Procedure Act, as well as state and federal pay-to-play laws. She advises on regulations promulgated by the IRS, Federal Communications Commission, and Securities and Exchange Commission, and represents clients in investigations by U.S. Senate and House committees, the Department of Justice, federal agencies, and state attorneys general.

During Kate's tenure at the FEC, the agency grappled with significant changes to the campaign finance landscape driven by several court decisions, including Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. She provided guidance on the impact of changes in the law and the agency's responses. In addition to helping manage the FEC's day-to-day operations, Kate advised on campaign finance issues, government ethics, administrative law, and constitutional law. She drafted and negotiated regulations, advisory opinions, factual and legal analyses, policy statements, and agency procedures.

Carolyn Berndt, Program Director for Sustainability, Federal Advocacy, National League of Cities

Berndt,_CarolynCarolyn Berndt is the Program Director for Sustainability in the federal advocacy department at the National League of Cities, the nation’s oldest and largest national organization representing municipal governments. As a member of the federal advocacy team, Carolyn leads NLC’s advocacy, regulatory, and policy efforts on energy and environmental issues, including water infrastructure and financing, water and air quality, climate change, and energy efficiency.

Prior to joining NLC, Carolyn served as associate director of government and public affairs at the American Society for Interior Designers, working with coalitions throughout the country to secure interior design registration and licensure laws. Formerly, Carolyn worked for Burns and Roe, a private engineering and construction company, in their government affairs office in Washington, DC.

Carolyn received her master’s degree in public administration from American University in Washington, DC and her bachelor of arts in political science from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

Creighton-Elizabeth Boggs, Law Clerk, Energy Law Practice, GreeneHurlocker


Creighton-Elizabeth Boggs joined GreeneHurlocker after graduating from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond in May 2019. While studying at the University of Richmond, Creighton was Lead Articles Editor and Manuscript Editor of Public Interest Law Review, served on the Law School’s Honor Council and was recognized with the CALI Award for Excellence in Animal Law. She specialized in energy law, focusing on issues related to net metering and drafting Power Purchase Agreement provisions as part of her course work.

Prior to joining the firm, Creighton received the firm’s spring internship and assisted with research and document preparation across the business, regulatory and energy practices. While she continues to work in all facets of the firm’s business, she is particularly interested in support the firm’s clients in the growing areas of energy storage, demand response and renewable energy.

Judge Bruce Birchman, Birchman ADR Services

Birchman,_Bruce_PhotoFollowing his retirement from The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (1978-2011) in 2011, Judge Bruce Birchman established Birchman ADR Services to provide alternate dispute resolution and facilitation services and strategic advice consultation on multi-party complex energy related issues. 

Judge Birchman previously served The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as an Administrative Law Judge for 33 years.


Caroline Choi, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Edison International and Southern California Edison

Choi,_CarolineCaroline Choi is senior vice president of Corporate Affairs at Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, and its parent company, Edison International. Choi is responsible for overseeing Government Affairs, Public Affairs, Corporate Communications and Corporate Philanthropy on national, state and local levels.Previously, Choi served as senior vice president of Regulatory Affairs at SCE. In this role, she was responsible for the company’s regulatory strategy and policy at the national and state levels, including regulatory affairs, regulatory operations and environmental affairs.

Choi previously was vice president of Energy and Environmental Policy at SCE, where she oversaw the analysis of energy and environmental policies; development of a long-term environmental, energy and technology strategy for SCE; and management of regulatory efforts at the California Public Utilities Commission and other state energy and environmental agencies.Before joining SCE in 2012, Choi was executive director of Environmental Services & Strategy at Progress Energy, where she was responsible for leading environmental permitting, compliance and policy. She served the company in various roles, including director, Energy Policy & Strategy, and manager, Federal Public Affairs.

Choi is active in national policy and community engagement, where she serves on the executive board of Smart Electric Power Alliance, a nationwide organization that supports utilities in the implementation and deployment of clean energy and distributed resources. She also serves on the boards of the Alliance for Transportation Electrification and the National Forest Foundation.Choi holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College.

Matthew Christiansen, Legal Advisor to Commissioner Richard Glick, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Christiansen,_MattMatt Christiansen is a legal advisor to Commissioner Rich Glick at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  Before joining Commissioner Glick's office, he was an attorney-advisor in the Office of General Counsel.  Prior to joining the Commission he served as a law clerk to Judge Stephen F. Williams on the D.C. Circuit and Jesse M. Furman on the Southern District of New York.  He is a graduate of Yale Law School and Columbia University.

Amanda Riggs Conner, Managing Director, American Electric Power Company

Amanda Riggs Conner is Managing Director of the Washington, D.C. office of American Electric Power Company, Inc., dealing with federal governmental affairs.  She previously held the position of Senior Counsel in the AEP Legal Department, focusing primarily on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issues and their implications on AEP’s transmission and generation businesses.

Ms. Conner received her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and her law degree from Indiana University. She practiced energy law for 20 years, beginning her legal career representing an investor-owned utility before the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

In 2001, she relocated to the D.C. area to join Wright & Talisman, PC, where she worked on cases before FERC involving a variety of clients, including Regional Transmission Organizations and transmission-owning public utilities.  Immediately prior to joining AEP, she held an Of Counsel position at Orrick, where she represented a number of renewable developers in transactional matters before FERC. 

Ms. Conner resides in Vienna, Virginia with her husband, Shawn, a commercial airline and military pilot, and their two children, Audrey and Lincoln.

Bill Cooper, General Counsel, U.S. Department of Energy

Cooper,_Bill Mr. Cooper spent the first decade and a half of his professional career in private practice as a transactional lawyer   and litigator. He represented clients in the energy industry, among others, and covered a broad range of interests.   Building on this experience, he moved to Washington, D.C., to work on Capitol Hill as Counsel for the House Energy   and Commerce Committee.  There, he played an integral role in drafting energy legislation, including the Pipeline   Safety Improvement Act of 2002 and specific provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2003.

After Mr. Cooper’s time with the House Energy and Commerce Committee, he worked for the firm Hunton & Williams LLP, where he further honed his energy practice and transitioned into the role of President for the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG).  At CLNG, he advocated for the development of America’s LNG capabilities before Congress, the White House, and federal agencies. After a decade with CLNG, Mr. Cooper returned to Capitol Hill, accepting a role as a Subcommittee Staff Director for the House Committee on Natural Resources, and as Senior Policy Advisor on the National Environmental Policy Act. At the House Natural Resources Committee, he maintained a focus on the development of oil, gas, coal, and minerals on federal lands and water, and tackled the Puerto Rico debt crisis as lead negotiator of the Puerto Rico Oversight Management and Economic Security Act.  Most recently, Mr. Cooper served as Senior Counsel and Director of the Washington, D.C. office with the law firm McConnell Valdés LLC.

A native of Tennessee, Mr. Cooper holds a B.A. in economics from Wabash College and a J.D. from the University of Tennessee, College of Law.  He and his wife Denise reside in Maryland.

Jay Costan, Partner, Dentons

Costan,_JamesJay Costan is a partner in Dentons' Global Energy practice with over 35 years' experience representing energy clients in the oil and gas and electric power sectors in a broad range of transactional, regulatory and litigation matters. In addition to handling complex transactions relating to the sale and transportation of natural gas, the liquefaction and sale of LNG and the interconnection of new power plants and the purchase and sale of electricity in organized power markets, he has extensive experience handling proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC"), U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Interior and in state and federal court. Jay also is experienced in assisting clients in the development of natural gas and power projects outside the U.S.

Florence Davis, Partner, Day Pitney

Davis,_FlorenceFlorence "Flossie" Davis's practice focuses on transactions involving energy companies, including retail and wholesale power contracts, renewable energy credit ("REC") transactions, demand-side management, utility asset divestitures, and mergers and acquisitions, in each case encompassing both the regulatory matters and transactional work involved in such deals. Flossie has participated in state regulatory proceedings and proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In addition, she has worked on a variety of issues involving public utility financings. As Senior Counsel with Constellation Energy from September 2007 through December 2008, Flossie provided primary legal support to the demand response and marketing departments, and was part of the legal team supporting the wholesale energy group, with a focus on renewable energy transactions. She serves on the leadership committee of Day Pitney's firm-wide women's initiative, Women Working Together (WWT®).

Flossie served as law clerk to the senior judges, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 1997-1998.

Diane Denton, Vice President of State Energy Policy, Duke Energy

Denton,_DianeDiane Denton is vice president, state energy policy for Duke Energy in North Carolina. She is responsible for providing leadership and direction in the development and implementation of  public policy that is in the best interest of our customers and communities. Denton works very closely with policymakers and other stakeholders to find working, sustainable solutions to energy policy needs. She was named to her current position in June 2019.  Previously, Denton served as managing director of federal policy for Duke Energy. A position she held since 2012. 

Since joining the company in 1996, Denton has held various leadership positions on both the regulated and commercial sides of the business, including business development for large industrial customers, marketing, and project management where she developed commercial  power plants in the Northeast region of the United States.  
Denton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Guilford College and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. 
Denton is active in the community and has served on the boards of directors for Boy Scouts of America, Theatre Charlotte and the Energy Board for the Keystone Policy Center. She most  recently served as a mentor for the Ruth G. Shaw Women’s Leadership Program at Central Piedmont Community College, which inspires and nurtures women students to assume positions of leadership.   A native of Charlotte, N.C., Denton and her husband, Don, have two sons. 

Elliot Diringer, Executive Vice President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Dringer,_ElliotElliot Diringer is Executive Vice President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). He manages day-to-day operations of C2ES and helps direct its research, policy, outreach and communications efforts. He previously served as Vice President for International Strategies at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, C2ES’s predecessor organization, and continues to direct international programs at C2ES.
Mr. Diringer has been deeply engaged in environmental issues and policy for nearly 30 years. From 1983 to 1997, he was a reporter and editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, where he authored several award-winning environmental series and covered the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. From 1997 to 2000, he served as Director of Communications and Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, where he helped develop major policy initiatives, led White House press and communications strategy on the environment, and was a member of U.S. delegations to international climate change negotiations. He was later Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy White House Press Secretary, serving as a principal spokesman for President Clinton.

Tom Dower, Senior Director, Government Relations, ArcelorMittal

Dower,_TomTom Dower is Senior Director, Government Relations for ArcelorMittal, the world’s leading steel and mining company, where he coordinates public policy for energy, environment, climate, transportation, infrastructure, automotive, defense, and health & safety.  He served over 15 years in the United States Senate as staff to Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) and the Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation for Chairman John D. Rockefeller, IV (D-WV).  He was also Vice President of Lighthouse Consulting Group representing energy and environmental clients including the US Climate Action Partnership.  Tom received an associate’s degree in liberal arts from Keystone College (Pennsylvania), and a bachelor’s degree in political science from The American University (Washington, DC).

Brian Drumm, Manager, Regulatory Relations & Policy and Associate General Counsel, American TransmissionCompany, LLC (ATC)

Drumm,_BrianBrian is currently Manager, Regulatory Relations & Policy and Associate General Counsel for American Transmission Company, LLC (“ATC”).  In his capacity as Manager of Regulatory Relations and Policy, Brian represents ATC in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. stakeholder process and oversees ATC’s regulatory strategy before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) and other federal governmental agencies.  Brian advocates on ATC’s behalf in all Federal regulatory and MISO stakeholder forums.  Brian also provides legal advice to ATC Business Development ventures in his ongoing capacity as Associate General Counsel. 

Prior to being named ATC’s Manager of Regulatory Relations and Policy in 2017, Brian served as ATC’s FERC attorney, dating back to 2013.  Prior to that, Brian served in a similar capacity with a vertically-integrated Fortune 500 Midwestern utility from 2009 to 2013.  From 2001 to 2009, Brian was a FERC attorney for two law firms in Washington, D.C., representing generation and transmission electric cooperatives and large investor-owned utilities, including three years as an Associate at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLC.  

Brian graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Pre-law in 1995 (with honors), from Indiana University (Bloomington) with a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1999, and Brian received his Master of Business Administration degree, with a Specialization in International Business, from Marquette University in December 2017.  Brian is the Treasurer for the WIRES International Trade Association, a member of the Edison Electric Institute Executive Advisory Committee, the Chair of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, President Ex Officio of the Energy Bar Association, Midwest Chapter, and a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma business honors society.  Brian is licensed to practice law in Wisconsin, Michigan, and the District of Columbia.    

Michelle Cadin Gardner, Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs – Northeast, NextEra Energy Resources

Gardner,_MichelleMichelle Cadin Gardner is currently Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs – Northeast for NextEra Energy Resources.  In her present role, Michelle represents NextEra Energy in the NEPOOL Participant Process and in the PJM stakeholder process.  She previously represented Capital Power Corporation in NEPOOL and before the FERC as Senior Counsel, Regulatory. Prior to working for NextEra Energy and Capital Power, Michelle was a Counsel with Day Pitney LLP, serving the NEPOOL Participants Committee and other clients.  As NEPOOL Counsel, Michelle worked primarily on capacity and ancillary market designs, including the drafting of the FCM settlement agreement, as well as several FERC initiatives including credit reforms and RTO responsiveness/governance issues.  Michelle is currently on the Executive Committee at the New England Power Generators Association and is currently Vice-Chair of RENEW.   Michelle graduated magna cum laude from Catholic University, Columbus School of Law and graduated from the College of the Holy Cross.

Andrew G. Geyer, Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth

Andrew Geyer

Highly regarded in the outsourcing space, Andy Geyer handles complex domestic and international business process and technology-related transactions for clients in a variety of industries.

Andy offers clients innovative, value-driven solutions to challenging information technology outsourcing (ITO), business process outsourcing (BPO), procurement, licensing, commercial contracting and general corporate matters. According to The Legal 500, Andy is lauded for his strength in IT outsourcing and overall IT contract negotiation. His deep knowledge of the field and industry also enables Andy to successfully counsel clients on software audits and licensing, intellectual property and data management issues.

Active in the firm’s pro bono efforts, Andy served on the board of governors for the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference from 2010 until 2014, and is past chair of the Wills for Heroes Program for the Virginia State Bar.

Richard Glick, FERC Commissioner

Glick,_RichardCommissioner Richard Glick was nominated to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by President Donald J. Trump in August 2017 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 2, 2017. 

Before joining the Commission, Commissioner Glick was general counsel for the Democrats on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, serving as a senior policy advisor on numerous issues including electricity and renewable energy. 

Prior to that, Commissioner Glick was vice president of government affairs for Iberdrola’s renewable energy, electric and gas utility, and natural gas storage businesses in the United States. He ran the company’s Washington, DC, office and was responsible for developing and implementing the U.S. businesses’ federal legislative and regulatory policy advocacy strategies. 

Commissioner Glick previously served as a director of government affairs for PPM Energy and before that was director of government affairs for PacifiCorp. He served as a senior policy advisor to U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, and before that was legislative director and chief counsel to U.S. Senator Dale Bumpers of Arkansas. From 1988-1992 Commissioner Glick was an associate with the law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand. 

Commissioner Glick is a graduate of George Washington University and Georgetown Law. He and his wife Erin have a son.

Maria Gulluni, Vice President and General Counsel, ISO New England Inc.

As VMaria Gulluniice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Maria Gulluni is the principal legal adviser for ISO New England. She joined the ISO in 2000 as Senior Counsel and was subsequently promoted to Assistant General Counsel, then Deputy General Counsel. In this role, she was responsible for overseeing all corporate and market-related legal issues. Ms. Gulluni began her legal career as an associate in the Corporate Department at Shipman & Goodwin in Hartford, Connecticut, where she focused on mergers, acquisitions, and corporate transactions. She currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Academy Hill School in Springfield, Massachusetts and is a member of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater Springfield.

Julia Hamm, President & Chief Executive Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance

Hamm,_JuliaJulia is a visionary non-profit leader at the center of the transformation underway in the electric power sector​ to a clean and modern energy future​.  For the past 20 years she has been advising and collaborating with utilities, solution providers and government agencies on business models, grid modernization, and clean energy policies, strategies and programs.

Julia guides and oversees all of SEPA’s research, education, and collaboration activities for its 1,100 member companies.  ​She has led the organization through significant expansion in recent years, including rebranding from the Solar Electric Power Association to the Smart Electric Power Alliance, and merging with both the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid (ADS) and Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP).

Prior to joining SEPA, Julia worked for ICF International where she supported EPA’s implementation of the ENERGY STAR program.  Julia – a graduate of Cornell University – walks the talk, living in a PV powered energy efficient home in Northern Virginia.

Kyle Henne, Associate, Baker Botts, LLP

henne,_kyleKyle Henne is an associate in the Global Projects group at Baker Botts. Mr. Henne's practice focuses on regulatory and transactional matters in the energy industry. Before joining Baker Botts, Mr. Henne worked in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) Office of Enforcement, Division of Audits and Accounting. While working at FERC, he performed audits of a broad range of energy industry entities' compliance with FERC's regulations, including, for example, compliance with the requirements of the Uniform System of Accounts, approved formula rates, and demand response market participation.

Eric Hurlocker, Managing Member, GreeneHurlocker

Hurlocker,_EricThe rise of renewable energy technology and investment has a champion in Eric Hurlocker, a founder of the firm. For the past twenty-three years, he has focused on advising clients in the areas of energy law as well as commercial transactions and general corporate work for energy and technology companies, manufacturers and services providers. Eric’s renewable energy development company clients, as well as companies looking to use renewable energy in their operations, have come to depend on his thorough knowledge of this growing energy sector

Eric serves on the Board of Directors for the Maryland, DC and Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association, and also serves as General Counsel to the Association. He has been very active in regional solar policy initiatives, particularly in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

Eric’s practice has taken him to negotiating tables, boardrooms and to appearances on behalf of clients before the Virginia State Corporation Commission and Regional Transmission Operators. Additionally, he has also worked with both mid-size and large manufacturing and technology companies in developing procurement and sales agreements, and negotiating sophisticated commercial transactions. Recently, Eric has been advising start-up and small consulting and service companies in financing, general corporate and commercial matters.

Sean P. Jamieson, General Counsel, Spire Marketing & Spire Storage West, LLC

Sean JamiesonSean P. Jamieson is an experienced legal and compliance executive with significant expertise in energy project development and commodity trading.  He is the General Counsel of Spire Inc.’s natural gas trading and natural gas storage subsidiary companies, Spire Marketing Inc. and Spire Storage West LLC, respectively.  There, he is responsible for the legal, compliance, regulatory affairs and land management functions for the companies.  Spire Inc. (NYSE: SR) is the 8th oldest company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and currently serves approximately 1.7 million natural gas customers through its local distribution companies in Missouri, Mississippi and Alabama.   
Sean is a strategic advisor to C-Suite leaders on governance, and has a demonstrated track record of developing and managing integrated global legal and compliance programs that enable growth within best-in-class governance frameworks. Before Spire, Sean led the Commodities and Regulatory Legal Group for the Cheniere Energy group of companies (NYSEAMERICAN: LNG and CQP) at the height of the company’s growth to becoming the largest U.S. exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and largest consumer of natural gas in the United States.  In addition to leading the legal team responsible for the supply and trading business, Sean was responsible for all regulatory legal and policy matters enterprise-wide. Prior to that, he was Head of Cheniere’s Global Compliance Group managing trading, regulatory, ethics and records information risks across Cheniere’s nine offices spanning four continents.  He also served as the chief compliance officer for the company’s three interstate natural gas pipelines. In these capacities, Sean reported directly to Cheniere’s Board of Directors quarterly regarding compliance issues and the overall effectiveness of the company’s compliance programs.  
Before joining Cheniere, Sean was an attorney in the Washington, DC office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and, before that, in the Washington, DC office of Van Ness Feldman LLP.   
In addition to his legal career, Sean is a partner at Greenwood Angel Ventures, LLC – an angel investment fund with investments in the tech, travel & leisure, and real estate sectors.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University, where he was a Presidential Academic Scholar, and his juris doctor degree from Howard University School of Law, where he was a Governor Douglas L. Wilder Academic Scholar. He currently resides in Houston, Texas. 

Laura Lewis, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Lewis,_LauraLaura Lewis is the Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). In this position, Ms. Lewis is responsible for managing and coordinating all SMUD legal matters, including litigation, contested regulatory agency proceedings, settlement discussions, and claims management.  She operates as a strategic resource for the Board of Directors, general manager, and executive management team regarding the development of SMUD policies, strategies, programs and initiatives.  Additionally, she serves as the secretary to SMUD’s elected Board of Directors.

Ms. Lewis also oversees SMUD’s government affairs and reliability compliance department. In this capacity, she is responsible for management and coordination of all legislative matters and regulatory requirements affecting SMUD at the state and federal level, including the FERC-NERC electric reliability standards.

Ms. Lewis first joined SMUD in 1997 as a staff attorney, serving in that capacity through 1999, after which she moved to the San Francisco law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine. In 2002, she returned to SMUD as a senior attorney. She served as assistant general counsel and chief assistant general counsel, before being appointed as SMUD’s General Counsel by the SMUD Board in 2014.

Ms. Lewis received her undergraduate degree (B.A. 1993) from the University of California at San Diego, and her J.D with great distinction (Order of the Coif 1997) from McGeorge School of Law.

David Maccarrone, Managing Partner, JP Morgan

Maccarrone,_DavidDavid Maccarrone is an equity research analyst at J.P. Morgan Asset Management where he is responsible for coverage of international oil companies, oil refiners and energy infrastructure stocks in North America and Europe, working closely with mid- and large-cap portfolio managers to allocate capital in these sectors. 

Before joining J.P. Morgan in 2010, David spent nearly five years as a Principal and Senior Research Analyst at Longbow Capital Partners, a hedge fund focused on the utility, power and related infrastructure sectors.  While at Longbow, he helped launch a nearly $1 billion investment fund dedicated to North American infrastructure. 

Before joining Longbow, David spent eleven years at Goldman Sachs & Co., where he was most recently head of the firm’s Utility and Power Research practice. In the course of his career at Goldman Sachs, David also led the firm's research in the Pipeline, Midstream and MLP sectors as well as the Gas Utility sector.  David has been recognized by Institutional Investor, Reuters and the Greenwich Survey as a top-rated analyst in the utility and midstream sectors. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Emily Mallen, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Mallen,_EmilyEmily Pitlick Mallen counsels clients in the natural gas, oil and products pipeline industries in federal regulatory and transactional matters. She helps her clients understand and comply with their obligations under energy and environmental laws, with particular focus on the Natural Gas Act (NGA), the Natural Gas Policy Act (NGPA), the Interstate Commerce Act (ICA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Emily has provided strategic advice to pipelines in over a dozen NGA Section 4 and 5 rate case proceedings. She works with in-house counsel to shepherd pipeline projects through the NGA Section 7 certificate process and provides advice on day-to-day regulatory compliance matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She also has experience with proceedings before the Texas Railroad Commission and the federal courts, and advising energy industry and trade association clients working through emerging issues in energy and natural resources law.

Phil Mone, Of Counsel, Van Ness Feldman


Phil Mone represents clients in the natural gas, LNG, and electric utility industries in regulatory matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), with a focus on all aspects of ratemaking and regulatory rate litigation before administrative law judges, including assisting companies with the submission of rate filings and advising witnesses preparing testimony.

Phil counsels owners of natural gas pipelines and LNG facilities on rate, tariff, enforcement, and certificate matters, helping them understand and comply with their obligations under energy and environmental laws, particularly the Natural Gas Act (NGA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Phil has far-reaching experience representing clients in rate case litigation under both Section 4 and Section 5 of the NGA.  Phil has advised investors on potential equity investments, including potential investment in a major interstate natural gas pipeline proposed to be developed.  He is a contributing author of the “AGA FERC Manual: A Guide for Local Distribution Companies,” distributed by the American Gas Association and currently serves as chair of the Energy Bar Association’s Natural Gas Committee.

Phil also represents investor-owned and municipal electric utilities before FERC in a variety of contexts, in particular rate and complaint proceedings under Sections 205 and 206 of the Federal Power Act (FPA). Phil possesses substantial knowledge of cost-of-service rate proceedings, including transmission formula rate cases.  Phil also advises investors on equity investments in interstate electric transmission assets regarding implications under Sections 203 and 205 of the FPA.

From 2012-2014, Phil served as a Trial Attorney at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission representing FERC’s Office of Administrative Litigation at settlement and hearing in administrative litigation cases concerning electric, natural gas, and oil matters.  Before that he worked as an associate attorney at a FERC-focused boutique law firm in Washington DC and as in-house counsel at EnerNOC, Inc., a leading provider of demand response services.

Ted J. Murphy, Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth

Ted Murphy

Ted’s practice focuses on federal energy regulation, particularly FERC regulation of electricity and natural gas transmission, markets, and transactions.

Ted also focuses on FERC and NERC reliability issues (including cybersecurity), advising clients making acquisitions or investments that implicate the Federal Power Act, the Natural Gas Act, the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, and the Public Utility Holding Company Act ("PUHCA") of 2005, and the implementation of federal policies designed to promote the development of renewable energy.

Most recently, Ted’s practice has concentrated on representing Independent System Operators in their dealings with FERC and NERC and on providing regulatory support to the firm’s transactional lawyers in connection with various energy sector deals.

Mike O'Boyle, Director of Electricity Policy, Energy Innovation

OBoyle,_MIkeMike O’Boyle is the Director of Electricity Policy for Energy Innovation. He works for the firm’s Power Sector Transformation program to uncover policies that support a clean, reliable, and affordable U.S. electricity system. He has worked with utility regulators and legislators from states around the U.S. to improve the link between public policy goals and electric utility incentives, update policymakers on technological developments and policy levers to promote investment, and promote clean energy transformation that improves affordability and reliability.



Delia D. Patterson, Senior Vice President, Advocacy & Communications and General Counsel, American Public Power Association


Delia Patterson is Senior Vice President for Advocacy & Communications and General Counsel at the American Public Power Association (APPA).  She leads teams responsible for legislative, regulatory, and communications functions. 

Before joining APPA, Ms. Patterson was a senior associate at a large law firm, where she represented energy companies in a broad range of matters before FERC and worked on energy-related project finance deals for close to seven years.  Ms. Patterson has served 6 years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy, including within the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.  She also was a judicial extern for the Honorable Mary Ellen Coster Williams, United States Court of Federal Claims. 

She is on the board of directors of the Consumer Federation of America and the Energy Bar Association, and is a member of the DOE Electricity Advisory Committee.  She is a member of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Future Electric Utility Regulation Advisory Group and is on the American Antitrust Institute’s Advisory Board.   

Ms. Patterson earned her J.D. degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, her M.S. degree in Industrial Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, a NonProfit Management Executive Certificate from Georgetown University, and her B.S. degree from the United States Naval Academy.  She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Florida, before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

David A. Paz, Senior Vice President, Wolfe Research

male_David is a Senior Vice President in the US utilities group at Wolfe Research, a sell-side equity research firm. He is on a team that has ranked #1 in the Electric Utilities Sector in Institutional Investor All American Research Poll four of the last five years, including in the last poll in 2018.

Before joining Wolfe Research, David worked as an Associate at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, covering US utilities. Prior to his career on Wall Street, David was a Senior Financial Analyst at Pacific Gas & Electric Company and a Senior Analyst in the Energy Practice at Analysis Group, an economic and litigation consulting firm. At Analysis Group, his case work involved proceedings at regulatory commissions and courts.

David received his Master of Business Administration from New York University Stern School of Business, specializing in corporate finance.  He received a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Berkeley, graduating with high honors in economics and statistics.

Ari Peskoe, Director, Electricity Law Initiative, Harvard Law School Environmental and Energy Law Program

Peskoe,_AriAri Peskoe is the Director of the Electricity Law Initiative at the Harvard Law School Environmental and Energy Law Program. He has written extensively about electricity regulation, on issues ranging from Constitutional challenges to states’ energy laws to federal regulation of distributed energy resources. Prior to the Environmental and Energy Law Program, Ari was an associate at a law firm in Washington, D.C. where he litigated before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission about the Western Energy Crisis. Before that, Ari was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana and spent two years trying to bring the 2012 Olympics to New York. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in electrical engineering and business.

Jordan Pinjuv, Senior Regulatory Counsel, CAISO

male_Jordan Pinjuv is Senior Counsel, Regulatory at the California ISO, where his practice focuses on federal and state regulatory issues relating to resource adequacy, transmission planning, and market services.   A significant portion of Jordan’s work aims to ensure that transmission infrastructure and resources are available when and where need to maintain a reliable grid while meeting California’s ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.  He appears regularly in proceedings at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission.  Prior to joining the California ISO, Jordan worked for the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, where he focused primarily on electric resource planning issues, and the Las Vegas office of the Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Jordan received his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School and undergraduate degree from Pepperdine University.

Serena Agaba Rwejuna, Energy Associate, Jones Day

Rwejuna,_SerenaSerena Rwejuna helps energy companies achieve their business goals by addressing regulatory considerations in the litigation and transactional contexts. She has experience representing energy companies and individual traders before agencies including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. In addition, she counsels utilities, generators, pipelines, natural gas distribution companies, and other energy industry participants on compliance with FERC regulations and advises them on regulatory issues in connection with project development, mergers and acquisitions, and state regulatory compliance.

Serena was an associate in the energy practice in the Washington, D.C. office of an international law firm prior to joining Jones Day. While in law school she worked as a law clerk for the Goodrich Corporation, which became UTC Aerospace Systems in 2012 after merging with Hamilton Sundstrand, becoming one of the world's largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defense products.

Serena serves as vice president for the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy. She also serves on the Energy Bar Association Compliance and Enforcement Committee. She is a member of the Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy, the Women's Council on Energy & the Environment, and the Women's Energy Network. Serena serves as president of the Calvary Women's Services Board of Directors and on the Duke DC Regional Board of Directors.

Laura Marshall Schepis, Senior Director, Security Policy, Edison Electric Institute


Laura Marshall Schepis is Senior Director, National Security for the Edison Electric Institute (EEI). She leads EEI’s participation in and support of the Electricity Sub-sector Coordinating Council (ESCC). After passage of the 2005 Energy Policy Act put new mandatory standards in place for many energy companies, she created the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) legislative grid security practice, fostered creation of the electric utility grid security coalition, and helped standup the initial ESCC.

Across 19 years of federal and state advocacy, she has directed lobbying efforts on telecommunications, appropriations, commodity trading, natural gas regulation, energy efficiency and renewable energy standards. She also designed and led significant political campaigns on climate change, solar energy and retail competition and ran one of the largest national energy Political Action Committees. Laura is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law and practiced civil and criminal law in Georgia before relocating to Washington. D.C. in 2000.

Jonathan Schneider, EBA President 


Jonathan draws on deep experience representing public and investor-owned utilities, industry trade associations, project developers and investors in the electric and natural gas industries to provide strategic counseling and hands-on conflict management.

Jonathan is widely recognized for his strategic policy advocacy and extensive experience as an administrative litigator and appellate advocate. He brings over 30 years' experience to provide strategic counseling needed to achieve complex energy regulatory objectives, combining mastery of regulatory law and policy with extensive experience as an administrative litigator and appellate advocate. His intimate knowledge of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Department of Energy, the reliability regime administered by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and the role played by relevant state authorities provides a wide angle approach to problem solving and conflict management.

Jonathan counsels clients across the spectrum of electric and natural gas regulation. He advises on a wide array of regulatory issues associated with electric and natural gas utility regulation, market oversight, asset purchase and sale and project development.

Jamie Simler, Director, Federal Regulatory, Ameren

Female_Jamie Simler is the Sr. Director of Federal Regulatory Affairs for Ameren Corporation.  Before joining Ameren, she held several positions at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission including as Director of the Office of Energy Market Regulation and Director of the Office of Energy Policy and Innovation.  Jamie is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and the George Washington University.


Holly Rachel Smith, Director, Markets & Compliance -Texas Retail Energy, Walmart Energy


Holly Rachel Smith recently joined Walmart’s energy team as Director, Markets and Compliance. From early 2015 until recently, Holly was Assistant General Counsel to Exelon, where she was primarily responsible for regulatory compliance of Exelon’s retail energy businesses for the Mid-Atlantic region and for regulatory due diligence on distributed generation projects. 

Holly also spent several years serving as the energy policy team lead and Assistant General Counsel of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, representing the interests of state energy regulators before FERC, DOE, EPA Congress and the US Supreme Court and US Courts of Appeals.  Beginning with Hogan & Hartson in Washington, DC, and eventually opening her own law firm in Virginia, Holly has over ten years’ experience in private practice before FERC, the FCC and  more than 26 state utility commissions on behalf of incumbents, competitors, consumer advocates and customers in the energy, telephone, broadcasting and cable industries. 

In 2005, Holly served as Senior Legal Advisor to the Director of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority and while in law school, she clerked at the Administrative Hearings Division of the Oregon Public Utilities Commission.  She holds a BA in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Master of Public Policy from the College of William & Mary, and a Law Degree from the University of Oregon and currently serves as a Board Member and Secretary of the Federal Energy Law Journal and is a Board member and serves as the current Chair of the Board of Governors of the Environmental Law Section of the Virginia State Bar.  Holly owns a small horse farm in Marshall, Virginia.

Paul Tiao, Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth

Tiao,_PaulPaul Tiao is a partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth and co-chair of its Cyber and Physical Security Task Force. Paul is cybersecurity counsel to numerous companies in various sectors, and advises on preparedness, incident response, investigations, litigation, policy, and the SAFETY Act. Prior to joining Hunton, Paul served as Senior Cybersecurity Counselor to FBI Director Robert Mueller. He is a former Assistant US Attorney, Justice Department Trial Attorney, and Senate Judiciary Committee Counsel.


Elizabeth Witmer, Partner, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr

Witmer,_ElizabethElizabeth Witmer advises natural gas companies, public and private utilities and commercial developers about interstate pipeline development, eminent domain/condemnations, land use matters and appellate litigation. Through her more than 25 years of service to these clients, Elizabeth has become well versed in the federal and state regulations they face in order to secure the approvals they need to complete their projects, particularly in the energy Industry. Elizabeth draws on this knowledge to help her clients develop an efficient framework for securing federal, state  and  local  permissions,  Including Interpreting slate and local preemption issues, Identifying which permits they need, developing initial applications and defending these applications all the way to the appellate level if needed.

The depth of Elizabeth experience is also reflected in her positions as chair of the Energy Practice and as vice chair of the Real Estate, Environment and Energy Practice. These  leadership roles  in the  firm contributes  to  her  sensitivity  to  her  clients' need for predictability in their businesses, particularly around time frames and budgets for projects.

Julia Wood, Partner, Van Ness Feldman LLP



Julia Wood has focused her practice primarily on hydroelectric and electric power matters since joining the firm in 2003.  She provides strategic counsel to a broad variety of electric industry participants, including state and municipal entities, investor-owned utilities, independent power producers, and power marketers.  She advises clients on issues involving the Federal Power Act (FPA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), and other federal statutes affecting energy and water development.  

Julia has significant experience with the regulation of hydroelectric projects under Part I of the FPA before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), federal and state regulatory agencies, and the U.S. Courts of Appeal.  She assists clients on project development, licensing, compliance, and in the negotiation of multi-party licensing settlement agreements.  She currently serves as counsel in a number of hydroelectric relicensing proceedings before FERC, including for three of the largest pumped storage projects in the country.   

Julia’s expertise extends well beyond Part I of the FPA.  She also assists electric industry clients on Part II of the FPA, including on the acquisition and sale of power projects, market-based rate authorization, and related regulatory requirements before FERC.  In addition, she provides counsel on energy regulatory and environmental matters to developers of offshore energy projects before the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and other federal and state agencies.

Julia is an active member of the National Hydropower Association, where she has served as Co-Chair of the Regulatory Affairs Committee and Co-Chair of the Ocean, Tidal, and New Technologies Council, and of the Northwest Hydroelectric Association, American Bar Association, and Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment.  In 2018, Julia was recognized in The Legal 500 and recommended for her energy regulatory work.

Erica Young, Executive Vice President, Regulatory and Chief Legal Officer​, Enmax

Erica YoungErica Young is accountable for ENMAX’s legal, regulatory, compliance, government relations, public policy and corporate secretarial matters. Erica has almost 20 years of legal and regulatory experience in private practice and in-house roles, primarily focused in the energy industry. Prior to joining ENMAX in 2016, Erica served as SVP, General Counsel at NaturEner Energy Canada, where she was responsible for the company’s participation in business transactions, regulatory, litigation and stakeholder advocacy processes connected to the Alberta electricity industry and to cross-border transmission rights.

Erica also served as General Counsel of Total Energy Services, a TSX-listed oil and gas services company. She began her career in the Toronto office of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, where she had a diverse corporate, securities and governance practice.

Erica holds a Bachelor of Arts and Education from Lakehead University, a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School and an Advanced Certificate in U.S. Energy Law from the UC Berkeley School of Law. In addition to her role at ENMAX, she serves on the board of the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta.

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