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Brandon N. Robinson
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Brandon N. Robinson is an Associate in the Birmingham office's Energy section. Mr. Robinson has been fortunate enough to represent clients in a wide variety of significant energy-related matters, as further described below.

Mr. Robinson also serves as administrator of Balch's Electric Reliability Law (ERL) Blog, which may be found at http://www.balch.com/erl. You can also follow Balch's electric reliability team on Twitter at @ElectricLaw.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

Mr. Robinson’s practice includes representing energy and public utility companies in the following matters:

Electric Reliability and Cybersecurity

  • NERC and Regional Entity enforcement / compliance and audit preparation
  • NERC and Regional Entity standards development and policy issues 
  • NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (“CIP”) and other general reliability and cybersecurity issues

Smart Grid and Customer Data Privacy

  • Emerging smart grid legal, regulatory, and policy issues
  • Participation in smart grid security and data privacy policy efforts with the Department of Energy (DOE), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and various other agencies and standard setting organizations 
  • Participation in NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) 1.0 and 2.0 
  • Corporate data privacy policies and practices 
  • Data privacy issues in various public policy arenas 
  • Standards and best practices development

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

  • Public policy issues regarding renewable and alternative energy technologies, biofuels, energy efficiency, and demand side management
  • Negotiation of acquisitions and power purchase agreements with respect to capacity, energy, and/or renewable resources 
  • Compliance with FTC Green Guidelines 
  • LEED certification issues and other general green building issues

FERC Matters

  • Depreciation rate filings 
  • Cost-based and Market-Based Tariff rate filings

Other Issues 

  • Advice and counsel regarding stimulus funding applications and recipient reporting requirements under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
  • Material role in coordinating successful application on behalf of investor-owned utility for nine-figure amount in stimulus funds for smart grid projects under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 as well as providing legal counsel on reporting and other compliance obligations associated with recipients and contractors of stimulus funds
  • Material role in coordinating one of a handful of grants awarded nationwide for hydroelectric projects made with stimulus funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 as well as providing legal counsel on reporting and other compliance obligations associated with recipients and contractors of stimulus funds

PRIOR EMPLOYMENT

Prior to joining Balch & Bingham, Mr. Robinson clerked for the Honorable W. Harold Albritton, III, United States District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama. He also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Loyd H. Little, Jr., Circuit Judge, 23rd Judicial Circuit of Alabama

While in law school, Mr. Robinson served as staff editor and Articles Editor of the Duke Law Journal, on the Executive Board of the Duke Mock Trial Board, and on the Public Interest and Pro Bono Board

Prior to law school, Mr. Robinson’s work experience included time spent as an unemployment tax claims account executive, a middle school teacher and soccer coach, a marketing / advertisement account executive, and a singer / songwriter

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Selected as a Super Lawyers Alabama 'Rising Star' (<2.5% of lawyers in the state) -- 2012, 2013
  • Serves on the board of the Alabama Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council
  • Represents disabled U.S. veterans pro bono before the United States Department of Veterans Affairs regarding service-related disability benefits claims
  • Energy Bar Association
    • System Reliability and Planning Committee, Renewable Energy and Demand-Side Management Committee, Young Lawyers Committee, Member (2008-present)
    • Vice-Chair (2012-13), Incoming Chair (2013-14) System Reliability and Planning Committee
  • American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources
    • Member (2008-present)
    • 2009-11, Vice Chair of Membership, Energy and Environmental Market Finance Committee (2009-11)
    • 2010-11 Vice-Chair of Year-In-Review, Energy and Natural Resources Market Regulation Committee (2010-11)
    • 2011-12, Vice-Chair of Federal Initiatives Energy and Natural Resources Market Regulation Committee (2011-12)
  • Alabama State Bar
    • Spanish-Speaking Lawyers Committee
    • Young Lawyers Section
    • Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • Lakeshore Foundation Junior Board (2008-present) 
    •  Founding Member & Vice President (2008-12)
  • Duke University School of Law 
    • Duke Law Alumni Association Board: New Lawyer's Division - Liaison for Regional Alumni Activities Committee (2009-12)
    • Class Agent (2007-2011)
    • Duke Law Alumni Association: Regional Partner (2009-present)
    • Co-Chair, Reunion Giving Committee (2011-12)
  • Randolph School
    • Alumnus & Past Faculty
    • Class Agent
    • Annual Fund, Alumni Chair (2010-11)
    • Annual Fund, Alumni Chair (2011-12)

Education

  • Duke University School of Law, J.D., with honors.
  • Duke University, A.B., Spanish/pre-medical.

Other Distinctions

  • LEED Green Associate



Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 2007

Court Admissions

  • Alabama Supreme Court, 2007
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama, 2007
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama, 2007
  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs, 2008