Top Ranked Energy Group Rejoins Hogan Lovells

WASHINGTON, D.C., 25 March 2013 – Hogan Lovells announced today that nationally-regarded energy partners Kevin J. Lipson, Stefan M. Krantz, John R. Lilyestrom, and Christopher A. Schindler will return after just over a year at another law firm. 

“These energy lawyers are among the best in the country and we are delighted to welcome them back to Hogan Lovells,” said Co-CEO Warren Gorrell.  “They recognize and appreciate our top-tier regulatory experience, the strength of our international project finance practice, and the global platform of high-quality lawyers with in-depth industry knowledge that we offer to clients.”

“We are excited to continue to build our energy practice at Hogan Lovells, one of the few international law firms with impressive energy capabilities, particularly in the regulatory, M&A transactions, and financial services industries,” said Lipson. “We look forward to rejoining our colleagues."

The team of partners will rejoin Hogan Lovells’ Energy practice, representing interstate natural gas pipelines, oil pipelines, local distribution companies, investor-owned electric utilities, alternative energy project developments, shale oil and natural gas developers, storage companies, financial institutions, energy marketing and trading platforms, and liquefied natural gas project participants.

“The energy sector is obviously one of the most active industries in the world and this group provides additional capabilities in virtually every segment of the Energy practice including Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) proceedings,” said Agnes Dover, Global Head of Hogan Lovells’ Government and Regulatory practice.

“We are pleased to welcome this group of partners back to the firm,” said Mary Anne Sullivan, Practice Area Leader of Hogan Lovells’ Energy Regulatory practice. “Their extensive backgrounds and deep knowledge of the energy industry, combined with our existing capabilities, give us an unparalleled depth and breadth in the sector that will expand our ability to serve our clients.”

About the lawyers

Kevin Lipson focuses his practice on energy-related enforcement and compliance issues that arise before FERC and the CFTC. He has a deep background in the full range of regulatory issues that routinely confront energy companies, and has litigated some of the most significant cases in the industry from pipeline rate cases to allegations of market manipulation. Kevin earned his J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis and his B.A. from George Washington University.

Stefan Krantz has earned a national reputation for his work on complex regulatory litigation and served as counsel to many of the largest energy projects developed in the last decade. He represents diverse energy companies before FERC, including new and existing interstate natural gas pipelines, electric generators, natural gas storage companies, industrial end-users, producers, natural gas and oil marketers and governmental bodies. Stefan earned his J.D. from American University and his B.S., cum laude, from Cornell University.

John Lilyestrom is a leading authority on power generation, transmission, regional transmission organizations and reliability. His practice focuses on electric utility regulation and the resulting competitive and commercial consequences of such regulation. John represents electric utility companies, electric power marketers, and independent power producers before FERC, various state regulatory agencies, and federal and state courts. He earned his J.D. from the University of Maryland and his B.A. from Harvard University.

Christopher Schindler is the architect of some of the most creative natural gas storage projects in the nation, and has vast knowledge of mid-stream activities, energy trading and FERC and CFTC compliance matters, including Dodd-Frank regulations. He has extensive experience assisting clients with commercial matters related to the development of energy infrastructure. Christopher earned his J.D., with honors, from George Washington University, his M.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University, and his B.A., cum laude, from Vanderbilt University.

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