- professional activities
- community involvement
With a practice focused on electricity regulation and natural gas pipelines, Brett represents electric utility and natural gas clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Brett’s passion for the industry stems from his belief that electricity and natural gas regulation represent the confluence of various disciplines, including economics, technology and the law.
Brett enjoys assisting regional transmission organizations (RTOs) throughout complex FERC rulemaking proceedings and other compliance proceedings. In fact, he recently advised an RTO throughout the Order No. 1000 compliance process. Brett also assists clients in obtaining market-based rate authorization from FERC, as well as assists investor-owned utilities with FERC electric matters, such as tariff modifications and resolving disputes over cost allocation.
Brett’s natural gas practice focuses on helping clients comply with regulatory requirements. In particular, he aids clients in obtaining certificates of public convenience and necessity to construct new or expand existing facilities. In addition, Brett guides natural gas clients through rate making and certificate proceedings conducted pursuant to the Natural Gas Act.
As an attorney in the Energy Markets division in FERC’s Office of General Counsel, prior to joining Wright & Talisman, Brett specialized in matters involving the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. and FERC’s market-based rate program. He regularly advised FERC and drafted orders regarding tariff revisions filed pursuant to section 205 of the Federal Power Act (FPA) and complaints filed pursuant to section 206 of the FPA. Prior to his representation at FERC, Brett served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Catharine R. Aron of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.
- Representing RTO throughout Order No. 1000 compliance process.
- Advising client in ongoing audit conducted by FERC’s Office of Enforcement.
- Representing independently-owned utility in obtaining market-based rate authorization from FERC.
- Advising intrastate natural gas pipeline regarding jurisdictional issues pertaining to Natural Gas Policy Act section 311 authorization.
- Representing an RTO throughout Order No. 809 compliance proceeding to improve coordination between the electric and natural gas industries.
- Representing oil pipeline shippers in Interstate Commerce Act ratemaking proceeding.
- Researching and analyzing issues relating to internal governance of RTOs.
North Carolina (practice limited to matters/proceedings before federal courts and agencies)
U.S. District Court for the North Carolina Middle District
Vermont Law School, J.D., magna cum laude (2010) (Editor-in-Chief, Vermont Law Review)
Appalachian State University, B.A. in Political Science and Spanish, cum laude (2006)
Energy Bar Association – Young Lawyers Committee, Electricity Regulation Committee
Mentor and Volunteer, Mentors, Inc.