The energy and public utility industries are undergoing rapid transformation, responding to a series of important political, economic and technological events. Most recently, the industries have been confronted with the forces of deregulation and restructuring. These changes have led to increases in the volume and type of business disputes and lawsuits, ranging from basic contract disputes to more complex matters involving an intricate maze of overlapping federal and state statutes and regulations. Recognizing the substantial complexity of the legal and regulatory environment faced by the energy and public utility industries, Balch & Bingham has organized a litigation group whose primary focus is on energy and public utility litigation.
In addition to our general grounding in trial work in federal and state court, we work closely with the Firm’s energy practice, which has a national reputation. In addition, having worked with and for energy and public utilities for over 80 years, the Firm has a wide base of experience with corporate, tax, securities, environmental, real property, and risk management issues confronting energy and public utility firms. This substantial grounding in the nuts and bolts of the energy and utility industries, together with specialized expertise in all areas of legal endeavor, gives Balch the unique ability to quickly and effectively form cross-functional teams to staff litigation matters in an efficient and comprehensive fashion.
Balch has represented a diverse group of clients, ranging from small industrial users of gas and electricity, to developers of biomass collection and distribution systems, to gas production firms seeking access to local gas transportation systems, to major multi-state electric holding companies. We work regularly with complex (and simple) matters relating to state and federal jurisdiction disputes arising out of dual regulatory schemes, contractual disputes between utilities, controversies concerning retail wheeling and transmission access, transmission system interconnection and regional utility coordination, as well as conflicts arising out of major energy development projects.
The Firm has advised and represented clients in cases involving the following: