Utility

Reger Rizzo & Darnall’s Utility Practice Group provides comprehensive advice and representation to businesses and developers of utility projects, utility facilities, and real estate projects that deliver or consume utility services in a heavily regulated and highly competitive environment. Collectively, our attorneys boast more than 60 years of legal experience in all facets of utility regulation and representation throughout Pennsylvania.

We have advised and represented some of the nation’s largest energy, telecommunications, and water providers, transportation carriers, educational institutions and other significant consumers, municipalities and authorities, and project real estate developers. 

Our Utility attorneys provide advice and representation to companies in the electricity, natural gas, water, wastewater and transportation industries. We have extensive experience assisting clients in a wide range of regulatory, transactional, and litigation matters, including environmental and regulatory compliance, acquisitions, new project development, administrative hearings and environmental and energy litigation. 

Additionally, our attorneys have a keen understanding of the myriad of issues associated with formal complaints, Chapter 14 requirements and the recently revised Chapter 56 regulations, as well as being well positioned to provide strategic advice to its clients.

We understand the complex rules and regulations which govern the utility industry and utilize that in-depth understanding of state and federal laws in order to advise clients on how regulatory requirements or other laws might affect their businesses’ future. We approach each matter with a fresh perspective and evaluate the unique regulatory implications associated with our client’s situation so that we can help clients structure their deals to ensure compliance today, and for years to come.

Our Team

Reger Rizzo & Darnall’s Utility Practice Group is led by Margaret A. Morris, Esq., who in her 10-year capacity as Chief of Staff and Legal Counsel to Vice Chairman Bloom created many of the policies that are now legal requirements in Chapter 14 and was intimately involved in formulating PUC policies related to Chapter 56 regulations.  During her tenure at the PUC, she created a digest analyzing every consumer complaint case addressed by the PUC. Prior to joining the Vice Chairman’s staff, Ms. Morris worked at the Office of Special Assistants drafting final orders for the PUC. Since 2008, on behalf of the Energy Association of Pennsylvania, the Practice continues to analyze/summarize all residential consumer complaints brought to public meeting for disposition. Since leaving the PUC, Ms. Morris has represented utilities (major telecommunications, electric and water/wastewater) before the PUC, including the handling of customer complaint proceedings and negotiations.

Marlane Chestnut, Esq., Of Counsel in the Firm’s West Chester, PA office, has broad regulatory experience which she acquired from various positions held throughout her 35-year career. In her early years, she worked as assistant counsel in the Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate and the PUC’s Law Bureau, handling litigation, appellate matters and advisory work. Ms. Chestnut served as an administrative law judge for over 25 years, and is one of the PUC’s most respected administrative law judges, known and admired for her keen intelligence and her command of the administrative and hearing processes. During her tenure as an administrative law judge, Ms. Chestnut handled every type of matter that came before the PUC—from sophisticated mergers/restructuring cases to call of the docket for payment arrangement requests.

Additional Group members include regulatory, business, and real estate practitioners, many of whom have served in significant government positions and all of whom are dedicated to providing the most efficient and effective services available. Our attorneys proactively offer insight and counsel, which assists clients in avoiding adverse outcomes. 

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