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David Martin Connelly

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  • University of Baltimore
    J.D., 1998, magna cum laude, Heuisler Honor Society (graduating top 10%)
  • Towson University
    M.A., Clinical Psychology, 1994
  • Albright College
    B.A., Psychology, 1991
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia, 1999
  • Maryland, 1998
About Dave
He is thoughtful, responsive and really sharp.

- Chambers USA

  • What previous experiences, prior to your work at Balch, influence your practice?

    The experience that most influenced my practice and provided me with the deepest exposure to and understanding of the electric utility industry was serving as Senior Counsel at what is now known as Dominion Energy Services, Inc. In that role, I  gained an in-house perspective in representing Dominion in a wide array of electric transmission matters and NERC-related issues. Also in that role, I was able to serve as the Chair of PJM Interconnection LLC’s (PJM) Transmission Owners Agreement-Administrative Committee (TOA-AC) Legal Issues Team, where I got to work with PJM transmission owners on various TOA-AC initiatives.

  • What type of clients do you represent?
    I primarily represent regulated public utility companies and their affiliates.  In addition, I have represented independent transmission and generation developers and owners, electric cooperatives, and other entities involved in the electric energy industry. 
  • What type of matters do you work on most often?
  • Which courts or agencies do you most often appear before on behalf of your clients?

Select Matters

  • Order No. 864 Compliance Filings: Represented investor-owned utilities in filings to comply with FERC's requirements associated with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  
  • Modifications to Interconnection Procedures to Accommodate Replacement Generation: Represented investor-owned utility in filing modifications to its Large Generator Interconnection Procedures in its open access transmission tariff to implement provisions facilitating the replacement of generating facilities on utility's transmission system.
  • Annual Transmission Rate Processes: Represented investor-owned utilities in annual formula rate meetings, annual formula rate filings, and informal data requests under formula rate protocols.
  • Order No. 845 Compliance Filing: Represented investor-owned utility in filing modifying its Large Generator Interconnection Procedures and Large Generator Interconnection Agreement to comply with FERC's Order Nos. 845 and 845-A.
  • Transitioning from Stated to Formula Electric Transmission Rates: Represented investor-owned utilities in filings to transition from stated electric transmission rates to formula electric transmission rates
  • Stated Electric Transmission Rates: Represented a large independent electric transmission company (formed as a commercial venture between two utility holding companies) in transmission revenue requirement rate case.
  • Defending Section 206 Challenges: Represented investor-owned utilities in Section 206 challenges regarding justness and reasonableness of transmission rates.
  • Generation and Transmission Interconnections: Represented both investor-owned utilities and generation owners in negotiating interconnection agreements at transmission and distribution voltages, and represented investor-owned utilities in negotiating transmission-level “wires-to-wires” interconnection agreements with bordering utilities.
  • Other Cost-of-Service Rates: Represented investor-owned utilities in rate filings for reactive power service, represented investor-owned utility in single issue filing to revise depreciation rates, represented investor-owned utility in filing to update post-retirement benefits other than pensions, and represented electric entities in developing rates for wholesale distribution service. 
  • Incentive Rate Treatments: Represented investor-owned utility in obtaining FERC approval of incentive rate treatment associated with more than $850 million of transmission enhancement projects.




      • University of Baltimore, J.D., 1998, magna cum laude, Heuisler Honor Society (graduating top 10%)
      • Towson University, M.A., Clinical Psychology, 1994
      • Albright College, B.A., Psychology, 1991
      • U.S. Supreme Court, 2002
      • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, 1999
      • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2000
      • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2000
      • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1999
      • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2001
      • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2001
      • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2008
      • U. S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 1999
      • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, 2000
      • U.S. District Court, Maryland, 1999
      Bar Admissions
      • District of Columbia, 1999
      • Maryland, 1998
      Professional Affiliations
      • Energy Bar Association, 1998-Present
        • Vice President, Board of Directors, 2021-present 
        • Assistant Secretary, Board of Directors 2020-2021
        • Board of Directors, 2015-2018
      • Charitable Foundation of Energy Bar Association
        • Board of Directors, Ex Officio - Vice President (EBA) 2021-present 
        • Ex Officio, President Board of Directors, 2020-2021
        • President, Board of Directors, 2019-2020,
        • Vice President, Board of Directors, 2018-2019
      • Foundation of the Energy Law Journal
        • Board of Directors, Ex Officio - Vice President (EBA) 2021-present  
      • Maryland State Bar Association, 1998-present
      Awards & Accolades
      • Chambers USA, Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation), 2019-present
      • Legal 500 US: Energy Regulation2018-2020
      • Legal 500 US: Next Generation Lawyer - energy litigation: conventional power, 2017
      Community Involvement
      • The John Carroll Society