Overview

Energy industry stakeholders face unprecedented challenges in everyday operations as they seek to comply with changing market rules, evolving compliance obligations and potential enforcement actions. The attorneys in the Schiff Hardin Energy and Public Utilities Group have helped managers and general counsel of companies throughout the industry — from electric utilities to municipal and cooperative electric suppliers, electric merchant generators, electric and natural gas marketers, natural gas pipeline operators, and natural gas local distribution companies — meet their regulatory obligations in virtually all aspects of applicable regulatory law.

Creative, Effective Solutions

The Energy and Public Utilities Group offers clients creative and effective solutions to complex legal problems. Our attorneys know that identifying the best solution to a business problem is just as important as identifying the legal risks, ramifications and results. The Group strives to review not only existing precedent but to identify and consider innovative solutions, everything from applying existing but rarely used precedent to advocating for the use or development of new alternatives or pilot programs.

Efficient and Cost-Effective

The Energy and Public Utilities Group understands the pressures faced by corporate counsel and therefore works to efficiently allocate limited resources and deploy them to maximum effect. The Group maintains a lean staff on each case and closely manages the resources devoted to it. Our clients know which Schiff Hardin lawyers are working on their cases and what those lawyers are doing. Clients also know that their attorneys’ goal is to control risk to the company while staying sharply focused on both cost and efficiency.

Forward Thinking

With the energy industry in a time of transition, Schiff Hardin understands the need to look at challenges from both a short- and long-term perspective to help clients address current risks while reducing the likelihood that problems will arise in the future.

The 2016 edition of Chambers USA has recognized Schiff Hardin’s Energy and Public Utilities Group as nationwide leaders in energy law. The attorneys in the Group understand the unique, interconnected nature of the industry: a regulator or neighboring utility can be an adversary on one issue or proceeding and an ally on the next. When recommending a course of action, we always recognize the importance of maintaining sound relationships with other members of the industry.

Integrated, Complementary Practice Areas

In addition to assisting clients with traditional regulatory and transactional work, the Energy and Public Utilities Group lawyers also actively participate in Schiff Hardin’s Corporate and Securities, Finance, Litigation, Construction, and Environmental practices to provide integrated legal services for our diverse energy industry clients.

Schiff Hardin regularly represents clients involved in disputed contract matters as well as those seeking judicial review of regulatory decisions in state and federal courts. The Energy Litigation practice represents energy companies in regulatory and commercial disputes (including class actions) before state and federal courts, through alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, and in arbitration. The Energy Finance practice represents energy companies and financial institutions (including underwriters) in debt and equity financings, transactional matters and activities in the options, commodities and futures markets.

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