Katie represents a variety of public-sector clients on energy and transportation matters. Her energy practice focuses on litigation before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and state utility commissions. Katie advises clients on ratemaking and market design issues, particularly in the California ISO. She is also a member of the firm’s hydropower practice, which has guided clients — both licensees and stakeholders — through every stage of the FERC licensing process, including assisting clients in obtaining FERC hydropower licenses, participating as a stakeholder in the licensing process and filing comments on policy issues affecting hydropower development.
On transportation matters, Katie represents the interests of airport owners and operators before the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), where she has guided clients through formal (Part 16) and informal (Part 13) compliance actions. She advises clients on their legal obligations as airport operators, including on issues related to the exercise of free speech on airport premises. She has also been involved in appellate litigation on behalf of airports.
Additionally, Katie has represented the firm’s labor union clients before state utility commissions in rate cases, utility mergers and investigatory proceedings, and has focused on issues relating to the adequacy, reliability and safety of utility service provided to customers.
Prior to joining Spiegel, Katie worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Roslyn O. Silver, federal district judge for the District of Arizona, where she participated in the decision-making process at all stages of federal civil litigation and drafted numerous judicial opinions.
Electric, environment and energy, hydro and water, telecommunications, transportation, utility workforce and litigation and appeals.
Katie has been named as a “Rising Star” for 2015–2018 by Super Lawyers.