Katie represents a variety of public-sector clients on energy matters, focusing 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 has extensive experience in both settlement negotiations and litigation at FERC, and is accustomed to filing complaints and similar proceedings before the agency. She helps clients negotiate their relationship with investor owned utilities and with regulatory authorities. She is also experienced in guiding clients through the FERC hydroelectric licensing process.
Katie is also experienced in appellate litigation, both in FERC cases and in other administrative matters. In addition, she has taken on high-profile pro bono work, dealing with cutting-edge constitutional issues, including the emoluments clause of the Constitution, the relationship of defamation suits to the First Amendment, and whether federal agencies are constitutionally structured.
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 2015–2019 by Super Lawyers.