McDermott Kicks off 2020 by adding Four Leading Energy Regulatory and Transaction Lawyers

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McDermott Will & Emery, a leading international law firm, announced that Neil Levy, David Tewksbury and Bruce Richardson have joined the Firm’s Corporate and Transactional practice as partners, and Stephanie Lim has joined as Counsel. All four will be based in the Washington, DC office.

“Bringing Neil, David, Bruce and Stephanie on board is a great way to start 2020 and highlights that we will continue to expand our energy practice by adding talented lawyers who build on our base of expertise and excellence. Their experience really rounds out our energy group and dramatically boosts our regulatory capabilities and bench strength,” said Harris Siskind, global head of McDermott’s Corporate and Transactional Group and a Miami based partner.

“McDermott is focused on growing where we can satisfy specific client needs and demands. Neil, David, Bruce and Stephanie have a depth of regulatory experience and industry leadership in the energy sector, something our clients have been asking for. They have demonstrated the foresight to help clients see around corners and address complex legal issues by providing creative and innovative solutions,” added Harris.

“We are thrilled to join McDermott. The Firm has earned a reputation as being a great place to work, with an open and collegial environment, while focusing on providing the highest and most innovative level of client service,” added Neil Levy.

“We are very excited to add our broad energy regulatory experience to McDermott’s existing platform and believe the combination will add significant value for clients,” said David Tewksbury.

“The opportunity to join McDermott, which not only values excellence in client service but has embraced a strategic direction of enhancing performance in a positive work environment, was something we jumped at because of those values,” said Bruce Richardson.

Neil Levy

Neil’s energy practice focuses on the representation of independent power producers in a wide range of regulatory matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and in energy-related transactions. He also represents electric power and natural gas marketers, merchant transmission developers, interstate pipelines, and local distribution companies before FERC and in state and federal courts.

Neil has significant experience acting for clients in mergers, acquisitions and dispositions of energy assets. He regularly represents clients in energy-related investigations and audits before FERC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Prior to entering private practice, Neil was a Trial Attorney and Attorney-Advisor in FERC’s Office of General Counsel.

In each year since 2006, Chambers USA and Chambers Global has selected Neil as one of America’s leading lawyers for business in Energy. Over the past decade, Chambers USA has selected Neil a “band one” lawyer for electric energy (regulatory and litigation). Legal 500 has also recognized Neil in its Energy Regulatory category.

He graduated with a BA from George Washington University and earned his JD from Ohio Northern University.

David Tewksbury

David focuses his practice on the representation of independent power producers, power marketers and trade associations before FERC and in connection with proposed transactions.

He has extensive experience on federal energy regulatory matters including issues arising under the Federal Power Act, the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005, the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 and the Energy Policy Act of 2005. He has particular expertise in proceedings related to the rules for organized power markets administered by independent system operators and regional transmission organizations.

Chambers USA has selected David as one of America’s leading lawyers in the Energy/Electricity field since 2009. In addition, Chambers Global has named him as a leading lawyer for Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation) USA.

Adding to David’s energy resume, he interned in the Office of the General Counsel at FERC. He also worked as an energy analyst and associate editor of the Foster Natural Gas Report and the Foster Electric Report.

David graduated from Williams College with a BA and earned his JD magna cum laude, Order of the Coif from Washington and Lee University.

Bruce Richardson

Bruce’s practice focuses on regulatory and transactional issues within the electric energy sphere having represented clients in regulatory matters, litigation and transactions. He appears on a regular basis before FERC.

He represents energy asset managers, electric power marketers, private equity firms in the energy sector, generation-owning industrial companies, independent power producers and merchant transmission developers.

Bruce advises clients on regulatory matters, including issues arising under the Federal Power Act, the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, the Energy Policy Acts of 1992 and 2005, and the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005.

In addition, he counsels clients regarding organized power markets, electric power contracts, mergers and acquisitions, market-based rates and cost-based rates, interconnection, transmission access, and compliance with electric reliability requirements.

Chambers USA, Chambers Global and Legal 500 have recognized Bruce’s work.

Bruce earned his B.A. from the University of Chicago and J.D., with honors, from George Washington University.

Stephanie Lim

Stephanie represents independent power producers, power marketers, trade associations, and others in a wide variety of regulatory matters before FERC, state public utility commissions, and courts of appeal. In particular, Stephanie has represented clients in numerous proceedings before FERC involving the development and application of rules governing the organized power markets. Stephanie also advises clients on transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, electric purchase and sales contracts, and interconnection agreements.

Stephanie’s work has been recognized by Chambers USA and Chambers Global.

Stephanie graduated from Amherst College, and received her JD and MA in English from Duke University.

Neil, David, Bruce and Stephanie are joining McDermott from King & Spalding.

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