Mr. Pearson joined Spiegel & McDiarmid as an associate in 2002, after practicing for two years as an associate in the energy practice group at a firm in Portland, Oregon. Mr. Pearson has primarily represented publicly-owned utility clients, and he has extensive litigation experience in proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in both natural gas and electric matters.
Mr. Pearson’s most recent FERC litigation experience has focused on tariff and rate matters. He has represented municipal natural gas consumers, municipally-owned local distribution companies, and state government agencies in numerous proceedings under Section 4 and Section 5 of the Natural Gas Act concerning both rates and the terms and conditions of service under pipelines’ tariffs. In addition, he has represented such clients on numerous certificate proceedings, both abandonment and new construction, at FERC and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Mr. Pearson has also represented clients on an extensive number of transmission formula and stated rate cases. While most of Mr. Pearson’s work related to transmission rates has been on behalf of transmission customers, he has also represented municipal transmission owners that have filed with FERC seeking to include their transmission revenue requirements in an RTO’s transmission rate.
Mr. Pearson has also assisted a public power client comply with its reciprocity obligation to provide transmission service and advised the client as it drafted an Open Access Transmission Tariff. He has also spent considerable time at FERC litigating other cases including the PJM and Midwest ISO seams elimination proceedings, the PJM rate redesign proceeding, and cases related to the restructuring of the California markets. In addition, Mr. Pearson has experience litigating Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act matters before FERC, U.S. courts of appeal and state courts.
Mr. Pearson has represented public power clients in hydro licensing proceedings, including re-license, transfer, exemption, and surrender, as well as hydro compliance proceedings.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Pearson was Associate General Counsel at ITEX Corporation in Tigard, Oregon, where he handled a wide range of corporate law department responsibilities.
Litigates before FERC, represents public power clients nationwide in transmission rates cases, argues RTO and non-RTO formula transmission rate filings. Represents municipal gas distribution and municipal electric utility gas consumers in pipeline rate cases and related matters.