Christopher A. Schindler
For more than 20 years, Chris Schindler has worked with a full range of energy companies to help solve their most complicated regulatory and commercial problems. Chris' core philosophy has always been to leverage the regulatory system to achieve clients' business objectives and add to their bottom line, rather than allowing government regulation to serve as a costly impediment to their commercial goals.
Chris learned the critical importance of obtaining a deep understanding of how the energy industry functions when, as a first-year associate, he was sent to Houston for a full week to be "tutored" by natural gas storage engineers so that he could convert complex geologic and technical data and conclusions into a plain spoken, solutions-oriented report to support the client's position in complex federal and state regulatory and court proceedings. He believes that understanding the client's business, anticipating potential legal problems on the horizon, and providing straightforward practical legal advice is the most effective way to solve regulatory challenges — be they at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), or state public utility commissions.
Over the years, Chris has handled all types of rate, tariff, certificate, complaint, and enforcement proceedings at FERC and has become widely recognized for developing creative, tailored regulatory strategies to enable companies to efficiently implement their corporate objectives in a way that complies with the increasingly complex regulatory requirements. Chris is particularly skilled at helping clients in transactional matters relating to the development of energy infrastructure, such as interstate pipelines, LNG facilities, and gas storage assets. He recognizes that securing FERC certificate authorization for a project in time to meet its in-service deadline is of little value unless you have also negotiated favorable terms and conditions of service in related commercial agreements.
Lead FERC counsel for G2 LNG in the development of a nearly US$11bn LNG export project in Louisiana.
Representing Edison International in a full range of CFTC Dodd-Frank issues.
Lead counsel for developer of an LNG liquefaction facility to provide marine bunkering and fueling services — one of the first of its kind in the U.S.