As leader of Schiff Hardin’s Energy Group, Regina Y. Speed-Bost advises electric utilities, natural gas companies, local distribution companies, and cooperatives on a variety of matters related to energy administrative and regulatory law. Her previous experience working for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gives her a unique ability to communicate between business owners, regulators and engineers. She understands business objectives and translates that knowledge into results for her clients.
In addition to her fluency in the realms of both regulators and executives, Regina has a thorough understanding of the role the energy sector plays in the health of the overall economy, and she applies that fundamental knowledge to her practice. Investigations and compliance are not just legal issues but whole company issues, and Regina involves other areas of the business to assist in her team approach during these critical times.
Because of her long-term, positive relationship with regulators, Regina applies a firm but cooperative attitude in compliance cases, leading to better overall results for her clients. Her measured outlook has produced successful results and, in some cases, improved regulatory understanding for the entire industry.
Regina works on cases of first impression throughout the energy industry and has represented clients in landmark rate and tariff matters. On the power side, she focuses on Independent System Operator (ISO) operations for a broad array of ISO market participants, and provides a full menu of services regarding other energy utility-related issues. On the gas side, she focuses on interstate natural gas pipeline tariff, rate and service issues, and provides a full menu of services related to FERC’s jurisdiction over the transportation of natural gas interstate commerce.
A litigator at her core, she applies her deep knowledge of the energy industry and years of litigation training to cases before state courts, as well as before federal and state regulatory bodies, on behalf of clients in multiple jurisdictions. She is a trained negotiator and uses those negotiation skills, when appropriate, to bring about favorable results for her clients.
Regina is co-coordinating partner of Schiff Hardin’s Washington, D.C. office and chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee. She has also served as co-chair of the Energy Bar Association President’s Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity, and has spearheaded diversity initiatives throughout the energy bar and industry.