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John R. Lilyestrom

Senior Counsel
Washington, D.C.

John R. Lilyestrom

For over 25 years, John Lilyestrom has focused his energy law practice on the competitive and commercial consequences of electricity regulation, with particular emphasis on regional transmission operator markets.

John represents modern electric market participants, including electric utility companies, electric power marketers, independent power producers, and end-use consumers of electricity before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state regulatory agencies, and federal and state courts.

He has represented utilities in mergers and other actions concerning the alleged exercise of generation market power, transmission and wholesale service rates, and the application of standards of conduct and affiliate restrictions. John has also advised electric utilities in assessing commercial opportunities arising from, and the regulatory implications of, electric industry restructuring and corporate reorganization. He has also represented national and regional electric reliability organizations in matters related to the interaction of regulation and electric reliability.

In addition, John has represented utilities, power marketers, and independent generators in negotiating, restructuring and renegotiating power purchase and sale and tolling agreements; interconnection and transmission service agreements; and agreements related to membership in and formation of regional transmission organizations. He has also represented utilities in FERC and state commission proceedings involving the approval and recovery of costs associated with such contracts.

"His knowledge of electric utility regulation in particular has won him a number of admirers, with one describing him as 'an intellectual powerhouse.'"

Chambers USA

Representative experience

Represented Edison Mission Energy (Mission) in three separate FERC proceedings involving the disposition of Mission's FERC-jurisdictional assets.

Represented multiple market participants in FERC investigations of alleged reliability and market rule violations.

Represented electric utilities and other electric market participants in more than 30 proceedings at FERC under section 203 of the Federal Power Act.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., University of Maryland School of Law, 1989
  • B.A., Harvard University, 1985

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland


Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation) (USA)

Chambers Global


Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation) (Nationwide)

Chambers USA

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