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University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., with honors, Certificate in Energy & Environmental Law, 2015, Hartford, CT
Phi Delta Phi
P.E.O. Scholar
American Bar Association Section of Urban, State and Local Government Law Prize, 2015

Rutgers University, BA, summa cum laude, with college honors, 2012, Newark, NJ
James Dickson Carr Scholar
Phi Beta Kappa
Benjamin Weissman Award for Political Writing, 2012

Bar Admissions


District of Columbia


United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Amber L. Martin Associate

Amber Martin counsels state agencies, municipal governments, and other consumer-oriented clients to further their goal of ensuring the affordability and reliability of electric service.  Her practice principally includes advocating on behalf of her clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in rulemakings, electricity market design matters, and electric transmission and gas pipeline rate cases.  On telecommunications matters, Amber has assisted clients in defending municipal “one touch make-ready” laws.  Amber has also represented state and municipal clients before various federal courts.

Amber joined Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP in 2015 following her graduation from University of Connecticut (UConn) School of Law.  Prior to joining Spiegel, Amber gained hands-on experience in all aspects of energy law and policy through various internships with the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office Energy Department, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Eversource Energy, and ISO New England Inc.  She received the American Bar Association Section of Urban, State and Local Government Law Prize in 2015.

Practice Focus

Energy policy matters, electricity market design, transmission rate cases, telecommunications, litigation and appeals

Representative Matters

  • Represented the Chair and Commissioners of the New York State Public Service Commission in a case defending New York’s zero-emissions credit component of the state’s “Clean Energy Standard.”  The district court dismissed the complaint against the Commission.  Coalition for Competitive Electricity v. Zibelman, No. 16-CV-8164 (VEC) (S.D.N.Y. July 25, 2017), appeal pending, No. 17-2654 (2d Cir. filed Aug. 25, 2017).
  • Represented the Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government in a case defending Louisville Metro’s one touch make-ready (OTMR) ordinance against federal and state law challenges brought by BellSouth Telecommunications, LLC d/b/a AT&T.  BellSouth Telecommunications, LLC v. Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government, No. 3:16-cv-124-DJH (W.D. Ky. 2017 Aug. 16, 2017).
  • Successfully negotiated transmission rate settlement saving California ratepayers $20 million.