WASHINGTON, December 8, 2008—Building on its strong presence in Washington, D.C., and further broadening its energy practice, King & Spalding announced today the addition of three energy lawyers whose practices span energy, regulatory, transactional and litigation matters, including extensive experience before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and coverage of federal and state regulatory issues in all major U.S. power markets.
Joining the firm’s Washington, D.C., office as partners are Neil L. Levy, David G. Tewksbury and Bruce L. Richardson. Levy will serve as co-chair, along with Philip R. Weems, of the firm’s global energy practice.
The addition of these three lawyers strengthens the Washington component of King & Spalding’s energy practice, which stretches from offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to Houston, and is recognized as one of the top practices in North America, Latin America and the Middle East by Chambers Global 2008. This move comes on the heels of another significant Washington recruiting action by King & Spalding—the return to the firm less than three weeks ago of Paul Clement, the 43rd Solicitor General of the United States, to establish an expanded national appellate practice.
“We are pleased to welcome Neil, David and Bruce to the firm,” said J. Sedwick (Wick) Sollers, managing partner of King & Spalding’s Washington, D.C., office. “King & Spalding is committed to building on our strengths in the energy sector. In particular, we have built a strong reputation representing developers, operators and lenders in regulated gas, power and alternative energy projects. The skills, experience and leadership capabilities of Neil and his colleagues fit well with that practice and give us an opportunity to expand it.”
The three lawyers join King & Spalding from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where they were partners and Levy was also co-chair of the energy practice.
Levy said, “I am pleased to join King & Spalding’s energy team and work with distinguished colleagues like Wick and Paul. King & Spalding has demonstrated a compelling strategic vision for the energy practice and Washington, D.C., is central to that vision. I look forward to taking an active leadership role in executing the firm’s commitment to the practice.”
Levy represents independent power producers, electric power and natural gas marketers, interstate pipelines and local distribution companies before FERC, state public utility commissions and the courts of appeal with respect to all regulatory, administrative litigation and transactional issues arising under the Federal Power Act, the Natural Gas Act, the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978. Levy also represents clients in mergers and acquisitions transactions in the energy sector. Chambers USA 2008 selected Levy as one of America’s leading lawyers for business in the energy/electricity sector. He received a J.D. degree from Ohio Northern University Law School and a B.A. degree, with special honors, from George Washington University.
Tewksbury represents and advises independent power producers, electric power marketers, natural gas and oil pipelines and other companies in connection with a wide range of transactional and regulatory matters. Transactional matters include electric power and natural gas supply contracts, interconnection agreements, pipeline leases, mergers and acquisitions and bankruptcy restructurings. Regulatory matters include issues arising under various federal and state laws, such as the Federal Power Act, the Natural Gas Act, the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005 and the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Tewksbury received a J.D. degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law, magna cum laude, and a B.A. degree from Williams College.
Richardson represents and advises independent power producers, electric power marketers, energy asset managers, private equity firms involved in the energy sector and generation-owning industrial companies in connection with a broad array of transactional issues, administrative litigation, regulatory matters and project issues. Transactional matters include electric power contracts, interconnection arrangements and mergers and acquisitions. Regulatory matters include issues arising under the Federal Power Act, the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005 and the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Richardson received a J.D. degree, with honors, from George Washington University Law School and a B.A. degree from the University of Chicago.
King & Spalding’s energy practice advises clients on a broad spectrum of transactional, litigation and arbitration matters in the oil and gas, power and mining industries. Because of the international and interdisciplinary nature of the practice, the lawyers who comprise the group are resident in the majority of the firm’s offices and nearly all its practice groups, giving King & Spalding one of the broadest and deepest benches of energy lawyers. King & Spalding understands the industry’s requirements for efficient, practical advice, and values building long-term client relationships based on performance and trust. The firm’s energy practice has received international acclaim for its representation of clients across a wide range of energy transactions and disputes.
King & Spalding's Washington, D.C., office employs approximately 200 lawyers and non-lawyer professionals, including government relations specialists, trade consultants and policy advisors. These lawyers and professionals practice in a broad range of areas including antitrust, class-action and mass tort litigation, commercial disputes, corporate finance, corporate governance, energy, environmental, FDA/healthcare, public policy and government advocacy, intellectual property, government investigations, international trade, mergers and acquisitions and tax, among others.
The arrival of Levy, Tewksbury and Richardson brings to eight the total number of partners that have joined King & Spalding’s Washington, D.C., office in the past eight months. The others are Paul Clement, Carlton Wessel, Kenneth Reisenfeld, Seth Lundy and Mark Dola.
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