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Education

University of Michigan Law School, JD, 2008
Ann Arbor, MI 

Drexel University, MSEP, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
Environmental Policy

Case Western Reserve University, BA, magna cum laude, 1999
Cleveland, OH
Biology and Environmental Studies
Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Michigan

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Memberships

American Bar Association

Energy Bar Association
Board Member, Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association

Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment

Anjali G. Patel Associate

In her practice in Spiegel’s energy, transportation and telecommunications law groups, Anjali advocates for a diverse set of state and local government and public power clients, and for the interests of consumers.

On energy and environmental matters, Anjali has been involved in a variety of complicated regulatory and court proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and federal courts. In particular, she has worked on cases concerning capacity markets and utility mergers and has advised and informed clients on the implementation of renewable energy policies, and on national developments in environmental and transmission regulations. Anjali also works on transactional matters, and has assisted in the interpretation and negotiation of contracts dealing with the joint ownership of generation plants.

On transportation matters, Anjali counsels airport managers on maintaining compliance with their federal obligations and on administrative and constitutional law issues that affect their airports. She has represented clients before the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and federal appellate courts. Additionally, she drafts and negotiates lease and use agreements between airport owners and aeronautical tenants.

On telecommunications matters, Anjali represents consumer telecom interests before state commissions and assists the firm’s local government clients with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulatory matters.

Prior to joining Spiegel, Anjali was a Sea Grant Fellow with the Great Lakes Commission and a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo.

Practice Focus

Electric, environment and energy, transportation, telecommunications, contracts and rate negotiations and litigation and appeals.

Representative Matters

  • Assisted in all phases of two federal appellate proceedings challenging state efforts to sponsor and support development of new generation needed for reliability.
  • Represented airport sponsors in their administrative and court challenges to TSA’s proposal to shift exit lane monitoring responsibilities onto the airports.
  • Successfully defended airport sponsors against claims that they had breached their federal obligations.
  • Drafted and negotiated airport lease and use agreements to accommodate development and operation of a national air cargo company’s regional sorting and distribution facility.
  • Assisted a ratepayer advocate’s office in investigating the incumbent local exchange carrier’s copper maintenance and fiber transition practices and in advocating for the implementation of consumer protections to prevent the carrier from misleading or unduly pressuring customers to abandon regulated telephone service in favor of deregulated IP-based services.
  • Assisted a ratepayer advocate office in challenging a gas distribution company's proposed rate increase, resulting in an order that substantially reduced the initial request.