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Practice Areas Utilities, Energy & Telecommunications

Businesses that operate in the heavily regulated and highly competitive energy, utilities, and telecommunications industry need a team that thoroughly understands their needs and the regulatory requirements of the field. The innovative and dedicated attorneys of Reger Rizzo & Darnall’s Utilities, Energy & Telecommunications Practice Group boast more than 100 years of legal experience between them in all facets of utility regulation and representation throughout the Northeast Region.

Our attorneys provide comprehensive advice and representation to providers of utility and telecommunications services. We also assist with securing entitlements for projects that deliver such services. The team uses their in-depth understanding of these industries to help clients expedite applications and petitions, resolve formal complaints, and secure entitlements for rapid network deployments. In every matter, they take great care to keep the channels of communication open. In such a complex and competitive environment, our attorneys recognize that teamwork is key.

Tenacious and driven, our attorneys have advised and represented some of the nation’s largest energy, telecommunications, and water companies as well as transportation carriers, educational institutions, municipalities and real estate developers.

Our attorneys rely on their deep knowledge of state and federal laws to advise clients on the ways federal, state, and local regulatory requirements might affect their businesses. They approach each matter with a fresh perspective and evaluate each client’s unique situation to assess the regulatory implications. With their guidance, clients have the opportunity to structure their deals to meet present compliance standards and be well-positioned for future regulatory standards.

Matters handled include:

  • Administrative and local agency hearings
  • Acquisitions including condemnation matters
  • Environmental and energy litigation
  • Environmental and regulatory compliance
  • Formal complaints
  • Land use, leasing and zoning
  • New project development
  • Telecommunications Act matters
  • Section 6409 eligible facilities requests
  • Pennsylvania Act 191 and Act 50 matters
  • Regulations under the Standards and Billing Practices for Residential Public Utility Service (Chapter 56)
  • Requirements under the Responsible Utility Consumer Protection Act (Chapter 14)
  • Representation before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC)

Reger Rizzo & Darnall’s Utilities, Energy, & Telecommunications Practice Group is led by Margaret A. Morris, Esq., who served as chief of staff and legal counsel to the vice chairman of the PUC for a decade. In that role, she helped create many of the policies that are now legal requirements under Chapter 14 and was intimately involved in formulating PUC policies related to Chapter 56 regulations. Given Margaret’s leadership, it is no surprise that the practice group’s attorneys have a deep understanding of Chapter 14 requirements, the recently revised Chapter 56 regulations and the many issues that give rise to formal complaints.

Our attorneys are perfectly positioned to provide strategic advice to clients and help them overcome any obstacle. The team includes regulatory, business, and real estate practitioners, many of whom have served in significant government positions and all of whom are dedicated to providing effective solutions and unparalleled service.

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