Jeff Schwarz concentrates his energy-practice work on litigation to improve the functioning of wholesale electricity markets and the regulation of public utilities. His goal is to ensure that consumers receive the best public utility service at the lowest reasonable cost. To this end, he represents municipal and cooperative electric utilities, state public utility commissions, consumer advocates, attorneys general, and other public interest-oriented organizations in litigation before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Federal courts. He also has co-authored five Supreme Court party and amicus briefs on utility-regulation issues. Jeff has been recognized as an AV Preeminent-Top Rated Lawyer® in Energy Regulation by ALM Media and as a “Super Lawyer” in Utilities, Appellate for 2018–2020.
Jeff regularly counsels public-power clients regarding FERC compliance issues, helps them self-report potential violations and has attained favorable resolutions of various FERC enforcement matters.
As a member of the firm’s transportation practice, Jeff also represents publicly-owned sponsors of federally-regulated airports, counseling them on compliance with relevant regulations and representing them in proceedings before the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and federal courts.
In the past, Jeff has represented whistleblowers in successful False Claims Act litigation against companies accused of defrauding the government.
Electric, transportation, compliance and enforcement, contracts and rate negotiations and litigation and appeals.