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Energy Practice Group Leadership

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Robert S. Fleishman
Former Energy Partner
Kirkland & Ellis

  • Co-headed Energy Regulatory Practice Team at Kirkland & Ellis
  • Past President Energy Bar Association and Editor-In-Chief of the Energy Law Journal from 2005–2019

Hon. Joseph T. Kelliher
Former FERC

  • Implemented Energy Policy Act of 2005
  • Former EVP of NextEra Energy, Inc.

David R. Hill, Esq.
Former General Counsel,
Department of Energy

  • Former General Counsel of NRG Energy, Inc.
  • Columbia University – Center on Global Energy Policy

Energy Group Expertise:

Based in Washington D.C., our dispute resolution professionals have broad and deep energy sector experience. They understand the vast array of legal and regulatory issues critical to resolving large and complex disputes involving electricity, natural gas and other matters involving the energy industry.

Energy Group services:

• Mediate or arbitrate disputes
• Provide expert opinions
• Prelitigation review of arguments & mock trials
• Act as a court-appointed monitor or trustee to ensure compliance with government regulators

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The Energy Group Consists Of:

Judge Braden was appointed in 2003, to the United States Court of Federal Claims which has exclusive jurisdiction over cases against the federal government arising from: breach of contract/false claims; bid protest; patent and copyright infringement; land, water, and certain environmental disputes. In 2017, she was designated as Chief Judge. Judge Braden recently was designated as one of ten U.S. Arbitrators to resolve disputes arising under the USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement) Treaty and has joined the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University as an Adjunct Professor in the Center For Intellectual Property Protection.

From 1978 to 1980 she served in the Department of Justice, Energy Section. From 1980 to 1984 she served as Counsel to the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. Refer to her web page for details.

Robert Fleishman is a retired corporate partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He has a stellar reputation for advising companies on the energy regulatory and compliance aspects of transactions and other energy market activities. He has also defended energy and financial industry participants and individuals in energy markets against charges of market manipulation, particularly before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and other regulatory bodies. He advised clients on energy regulatory, transactional, M&A, financing, bankruptcy restructuring, capital markets, and commercial matters across the energy sector, including electricity, natural gas, oil, oil and products pipelines, renewable energy resources, energy storage, and distributed energy resources.

Refer to his web page for details.

Judge Furgeson was the United States District Judge, Northern District of Texas. He was named as the founding Dean of the UNT Dallas College of Law in January 2012. Judge Furgeson retired from the law school in 2018.

His expertise involves mediating and arbitrating contract disputes between royalty interest owners and energy companies, contract disputes between oil and gas pipelines and energy companies, contract disputes between energy companies, environmental disputes between landowners and energy companies, and class action disputes in the energy context. Refer to his web page for details.

Judge Griffith, served as a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 2005–2020. Judge Griffith was the author of approximately 200 opinions on a range of matters including administrative, environmental and energy law, and congressional investigations. He has long been active in rule of law projects in Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Asia and domestically.

Refer to his web page for the list of FERC opinions he has authored.

David R. Hill, Esq. is nationally recognized as a legal expert in electric power, natural gas, and other energy matters. He has extensive experience in regulatory matters, civil litigation, employment law, commercial agreements and transactions, administrative law, ethics and corporate compliance.

As NRG’s Executive Vice President & General Counsel, he handled that Fortune 500 company’s legal and regulatory matters. As DOE’s general counsel, he was integrally involved in all aspects of the Department’s energy environmental, and national security missions. In private practice, Mr. Hill handled a wide variety of commercial and regulatory matters involving electricity, natural gas, employment and insurance issues. Refer to his web page for details.

Hon. Joseph T. Kelliher was a Member of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2003 and unanimously reconfirmed in 2007. FERC is the principal U.S. energy regulatory agency, responsible for regulation of the electricity, natural gas, oil pipeline, and hydropower industries. Kelliher served as FERC Chairman and Commissioner for over 5 years between 2003 and 2009. During his FERC service, he cast nearly 7,000 votes at FERC on a wide range of matters relating to regulation of electricity, natural gas, hydropower, and oil pipelines.

Refer to his web page for details.

John McArthur, Esq., in addition to his J.D., he holds an M.A. in economics, an M.P.A. from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and has graduate-level economics training from the London School of Economics and a Ph.D in public policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California (Berkeley). He has published widely on issues of judicial management, many areas of oil and gas and other energy law, and aspects of economic regulation.

Refer to his web page for details.

Judge Rader was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in 1990 and assumed the duties of Chief Circuit Judge on June 1, 2010 and retired from the bench on June 30, 2014. He was appointed to the United States Claims Court (now the U. S. Court of Federal Claims) in 1988.

His experience both on the US Claims Court (later the Court of Federal Claims) and the Federal Circuit provided him cases and work with a multitude of energy contracts and issues. He handled cases with disposal of nuclear waste, involving dams and electrical distribution, and cases involving pipelines. In addition, he had many environmental cases that had subsidiary energy issues, such as timber contracts and solar farms.
Refer to his web page for details

Refer to his web page for details.

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