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Utilities

Top Ranked in Communications Law and Water Law by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers®up and Best Lawyers®.

We understand from our years of experience the history of utility operations and regulations; and we have studied in detail the options available to meet the changing utility environment.  Whether you are a small water and sewer utility, a large municipality, a natural gas distributor, an electricity generator, a local exchange carrier, an Internet service provider, a cable franchise or an aggregator of customers, we understand the dilemmas you face.

Our attorneys assist clients with the specialized issues they face in their respective industries:

Water and Sewer:

  • Formation and start-up of local and regional entities
  • Financing and rates for established entities
  • Expansion of service areas and systems
  • Strategic planning for growth and expansion
  • Environmental permits
  • Condemnation and construction litigation

Telecommunications:

  • Formation and certification of CLECs
  • Financing and rates for established entities
  • Consumer complaints and service issues
  • Interconnection and TA ‘96 compliance
  • Rate, tariff and service standard issues
  • Wireless siting and zoning issues
  • Cable franchise and overbuild strategies
  • Internet Service Provider service issues

Energy – Alternative, Clean, Electric and Natural Gas:

  • Formation and certification of start-up entities
  • Financing and rates for established entities 
  • Strategic planning for growth, acquisitions and mergers
  • Contract negotiations and customer complaints
  • Deregulation, relaxed regulation and bypass strategies
  • Siting and zoning

All Utilities:

  • Public affairs and public policy
  • Tax, corporate structure and succession planning
  • Employee benefits and labor relations
  • Green initiatives, including certification, sustainability, energy management, clean technology and construction issues
  • Complex contract issues
  • Creditors’ rights, workouts and litigation
  • Debt and equity facilities
  • Protection of intellectual property
  • Litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts