Gearold L. Knowles concentrates his practice in renewable energy (wind power), electric power, natural gas, and related energy matters. He has represented numerous clients in these industries in matters before federal and state regulatory agencies and in connection with transactions and contracts.

Gearold also focuses his practice on advising clients in East Asia, particularly the People’s Republic of China, regarding business activities, transactions, and litigation in the United States.

Some highlights of his experience in the energy industry include:

  • Advising clients in connection with wind power projects and applicable regulations and regulatory policies;
  • Representing for more than 25 years a group of natural gas distribution companies in the full range of matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) involving two major interstate natural gas pipelines;
  • Advising clients in connection with liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects;
  • Representing clients in connection with the importation and exportation of natural gas;
  • Advising clients regarding electric transmission interconnection agreements;
  • Representing clients in transmission tariff matters and disputes relating to transmission services;
  • Representing clients in evaluating power supply options and in negotiating and drafting long-term power supply contracts;
  • Representing electric utilities in a wide range of proceedings before the FERC, including rate increases, long-term purchase and sale contracts, transmission service and rate matters, acquisitions and rulemaking proceedings; and
  • Representing clients before state regulatory commissions on matters relating to mergers, electric competition, and natural gas service and rates.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining Schiff Hardin, Gearold served as a trial attorney in the Division of Corporate Regulation, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Credentials


    • Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D., 1973
    • Indiana University, B.S., Finance, 1968

    Bar Admissions

    • District of Columbia
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

        Professional Memberships

        • American Bar Association, Public Utility Law Section, International Law and Practice Section, International Energy Subcommittee, Past Chair
        • American Bar Association, Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section
        • American Bar Association, Corporate, Banking, and Business Law Section
        • American Bar Association, Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Section, Renewable Energy Resources Committee
        • Energy Bar Association, International Energy Law and Transactions Committee, Past Chair
        • Energy Bar Association, Renewable Energy Committee, Past Chair and Past Vice-Chair
        • Energy Bar Association, Natural Gas Regulation and Compliance Committee
        • Federal Bar Association, Energy Section, Past Chair

        Teaching Appointments

        Since 2006, Gearold frequently has lectured on U.S. and Chinese energy law and policies and administrative law at law schools in Beijing, including Beijing Foreign Studies University Law School, Tsinghua University School of Law, China Youth University for Political Science.

        Languages Spoken & Fluency

        • Mandarin Chinese, Limited
      • Insights

        Other Publications

        • "Transmission Policies to Grow Wind Power," China Wind Energy (中国风能), Journal of the Chinese Wind Energy Association (Sep. 2007)
        • "Liquefied Natural Gas: Regulation in a Competitive Natural Gas Market," 24 Energy Law Journal 293 (2003)

        Speeches & Presentations

        Gearold has been a frequent speaker at program organized by the United States Energy Association and funded by The U.S. Agency for International Development for delegations from the electric power and natural gas industries and government departments and agencies from more than 15 foreign countries.

        He was one of four lecturers at the U.S. — China Natural Gas Training Program, Global Natural Gas and LNG Markets, sponsored by The National Development and Reform Commission of The People's Republic of China and The United States Trade and Development Agency held in Beijing.

        Gearold presented a paper on energy policy at the Beijing Forum organized by Peking University with approval of the State Council of the People's Republic of China.

        Gearold presented a paper entitled "Transmission Policies and the Growth of Wind Power and Other Renewable Generation" at the International Workshop on Legal Issues for Clean Energy and Climate Change organized by the Center for Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law at Tsinghua University School of Law, Beijing, China.

        Gearold has been a speaker at legal forums in China for lawyers and the All China Judges Association. These included a legal forum addressing issues related to the reform of state-owned-enterprises for almost 100 Chinese judges held in Qingdao.

        Gearold has served as chair of the panels on electricity market reform at the Energy Business Forums sponsored by the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council in conjunction with meetings of the Energy Ministers from the member economies of the Asia Pacific Economic Coordination Forum (APEC). Mr. Knowles has been an official observer at the APEC Energy Ministers' Meetings.

      • Citizenship

        Pro Bono Activities

        As part of the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, Gearold has provided representation to veterans or their survivors before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

        Civic and Charitable Memberships

        • The Carter Center, Ambassadors Circle