Representative Matters

  • David was the main drafter of the first successful transmission access complaint under Federal Power Act Section 211. The resulting order and consequent rule provide the national foundation for wholesale electricity markets.  Florida Power & Light Co., Docket No. TX93-4 (FERC).
  • David served as a lead trial counsel in seeking a lower Return on Equity for New England transmission investments, resulting in a substantial reduction, the first such successful complaint in many years.  Coakley v. Bangor Hydro-Electric Co., Op. No. 531, 147 FERC ¶ 61,234, on paper hearing, Op. No. 531-A, 149 FERC ¶ 61,032 (2014), on reh’g, Op. No. 531-B, 150 FERC ¶ 61,165 (2015), vacated and remanded sub nom. Emera Me. v. FERC, 854 F.3d 9 (D.C. Cir. 2017).
  • When liquefied natural gas projects repeatedly had ridden over litigated opposition, he helped persuade the federal courts to rule otherwise, upholding local zoning against a federal Natural Gas Act preemption challenge.  Washington Gas Light Co. v. Prince George’s County, 711 F.3d 412 (4th Cir. 2013).
  • David helped St. Louis maintain its legacy as an aviation leader, by piloting STL’s new runway through environmental review and appellate litigation.  City of Bridgeton v. Slater, 212 F.3d 448 (8th Cir.), reh’g en banc denied, 2000 U.S. App. LEXIS 13701 (June 13, 2000), cert. denied, 531 U.S. 1111 (2001).

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