Scott Strauss has dedicated his three-decade career to protecting the interests of consumers. Through his representation of states, ratepayer advocates, labor unions and municipal and consumer-owned utilities — before tribunals ranging from state utility commissions to the United States Supreme Court — Scott has helped to reshape the landscape of regional electricity markets, creating millions of dollars in savings for his clients and their consumers, while helping to ensure the quality and reliability of utility services.
Scott has been listed in Chambers USA and Chambers Global, named a DC SuperLawyer on ten separate occasions, recognized as an AV Preeminent-Top Rated Lawyer® for Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources by ALM Media, and selected as a “Utility Lawyer of the Year” for 2011 by Public Utilities Fortnightly magazine. In Chambers, he was described by commenters as an “outstanding litigator,” “very knowledgeable about energy law,” “very effective in terms of cross-examination,” his writing was characterized as “excellent,” and it was noted that he “hones in and identifies issues that aren’t obvious.”
Scott describes the “David and Goliath” aspect of his practice as its most engaging feature: “What I love most about my job is that every so often I get to topple a big guy while working for a little guy.” And battling on behalf of clients with relatively fewer resources is just part of the challenge: “What our clients may lack in resources we make up for by developing creative approaches to solving problems.”
As lead trial counsel in proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, state public service commissions across the country, and other federal agencies — including the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Election Commission and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission — Scott has spent extensive time in the hearing room, cross-examining everyone from technical experts to CEOs. He has earned a reputation for being able to present highly complex material to tribunals in a manner that is both engaging and persuasive. However, whether in the courtroom or at the negotiating table, for Scott it all comes down to the arguments he can muster and the strategies he can develop to present them: “Litigators are in the ideas business — if you have good ideas to offer, and can present them in a manner that will be well-received by the tribunal, then you always have a shot at winning.”
Scott recognizes that his career path has been somewhat unusual — he joined the firm right after law school graduation from the University of Pennsylvania and never left. The explanation is simple: “Everything I want is right in front of me. The clients are worth fighting for, the issues facing the energy industry are only becoming more challenging, and my colleagues are a wonderful mix of supportive and stimulating people — why go anywhere else?”
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