Dave’s background and experience in FERC and related regulatory aspects of energy law make him a natural choice to resolve complex electric, gas and oil energy issues.


Dave helps clients in the electric utility, natural gas and petroleum industries navigate the complex regulations of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and defends their interests before the federal appellate courts. Dave focuses his practice on providing clients with practical solutions to complicated energy issues.

Dave’s prior experience at FERC gave him a solid foundation in the regulations that govern the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity, natural gas and oil. He leverages his background, extensive knowledge and experience to represent utilities in energy matters, advise electric transmission owners and public power utilities in Regional Transmission Organizations, obtain favorable outcomes for his clients in major litigation, and provide FERC and NERC compliance training.


He represents electric transmission owners in Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) and negotiates agreements for public power electric utilities to join RTOs. Lately, Dave has focused on negotiating interconnection agreements for public power utilities and defending those agreements against complaints.

Dave defends shippers and customers in major litigation involving cost allocation and rates.

He advises and represents oil refineries as shippers in petroleum pipeline cases and represents utilities in FERC and NERC enforcement/penalty actions.

His FERC experience extends to advising utilities of the impact of bankruptcy on FERC jurisdiction.

Recognized as a leader in energy law and oil & gas law, Dave founded the Annual Midwest Energy Bar Association Conference, and frequently speaks on energy-related topics to professional and industry organizations.

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

EBA Primer Series

American Gas Association Legal Forum

Energy Bar Association

American Bankruptcy Institute

National Association of State Regulatory Commissions

National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates

Williston Basin Petroleum Conference

National Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives



Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Energy Law and Oil & Gas Law

Selected for inclusion in Washington DC Super Lawyers® for Energy & Natural Resources and Utilities, 2009-2011, 2013-2020

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

American Bar Association

Energy Bar Association, Former President, 1999

DC Chapter of Suffolk Law School Alumni Association, Past President

Practices & Industries


  • Massachusetts, 1977 (not admitted in DC)
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit


Suffolk University School of Law, J.D. with honors, 1976

College of the Holy Cross, B.A. 1973

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