Jeff advises electric utilities, natural gas companies, distribution companies, and marketing and trading companies on a broad array of regulatory compliance, litigation, and transactional matters.
Before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Jeff has represented numerous clients in litigated proceedings, including prominent electric power and natural gas market manipulation cases, investigations and self-reports, and alleged tariff violations. He also represents electric and natural gas companies in various proceedings under the Federal Power Act (FPA) and Natural Gas Act (NGA), including filings under FPA sections 203 and 205, electric and natural gas rate cases, pipeline project filings, and various FERC-required filings and reports. Jeff also provides advice and compliance training on FERC rules and policies related to natural gas and electric power transmission and marketing, including FERC Standards of Conduct, electric power trading, pipeline capacity release rules, and FERC’s market manipulation authority.
Jeff also has significant experience before the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), advising marketing and trading companies with respect to CFTC and futures exchange rules for trading over-the-counter (OTC) and exchange-traded derivatives, including relevant Dodd-Frank requirements. Among other things, Jeff has counseled clients on CFTC and futures exchange data requests and enforcement matters, including litigated market manipulation allegations, advised companies on Dodd-Frank rulemakings and various compliance requirements, and has helped companies modify their swap and commodity agreements to comply with CFTC rules.
Jeff also has significant experience advising companies on energy transactional issues, including negotiating asset management agreements, gas purchase and sale agreements, pipeline precedent and gathering agreements, and North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) and International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) master agreements and special provisions. Jeff also advises companies on trading and hedging policies and strategies.
Prior to joining Michael Best, Jeff practiced at leading international law firms, spending a decade at a prominent global firm where he focused on FERC and CFTC compliance and enforcement, energy commodity transactions, hedging, and derivatives.