Patrick L. Morand


Patrick L. Morand

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Beginning his career in the public sector, Patrick served on the legislative staff of now-retired Congressman John Edward Porter and as a program manager with a nongovernmental organization in Azerbaijan. Venturing into the corporate world, Patrick then became a project manager with a commercial builder in Chicago. Rounding out his experience, he joined Wright & Talisman as an Associate in 2006 and has built a successful practice in the energy industry.

Representing electric utility and natural gas clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and other federal agencies, Patrick’s practice focuses on energy regulation and general commercial matters. On the energy regulation side, Patrick focuses on electric tariff implementation and compliance matters, including preparation of rates, service schedules, interconnection agreements, transmission service agreements and electric quarterly reports on behalf of electric utilities. He also conducts training and compliance counseling regarding the Dodd-Frank regulations, as well as renewable energy credits and carbon emissions trading, energy market enforcement matters and antitrust concerns. On the commercial side of Patrick’s practice, he advises clients on a variety of commercial matters, including corporate, contract, trademark, employment and transactional due diligence concerns.

When not practicing law, you can find Patrick training for his next triathlon, skiing, or otherwise spending time outdoors.

  • Represented an RTO in numerous matters concerning interconnection agreements, including drafting, negotiating, assigning, and obtaining orders of acceptance from FERC for Interconnection Service Agreements, Construction Service Agreements, Wholesale Market Participant Agreements and other similar agreements.
  • Represented a public utility in a multi-party settlement accepted by FERC that successfully resolved all issues with respect to certain Wholesale Distribution Agreements between the utility and each of the other parties.
  • Represented an RTO in litigation before FERC where a transmission owner sought to include the costs of its facilities under the SPP Open Access Transmission Tariff, and successfully obtained an order from FERC determining that those costs were solely the responsibility of that transmission owner and not SPP.
  • Advised a power trading organization on the development of a new service schedule for its power trading agreement that provides for the purchase and sale of renewable energy certificates, both independently and bundled with electric energy, and successfully obtained an order from FERC accepting that service schedule.

Maryland (practice limited to matters/proceedings before federal courts and agencies)

The Catholic University of America, J.D. (2006)

Michigan State University, B.A. (1995)

Energy Bar Association – Compliance and Enforcement Committee, Co-Chair; Renewable Energy Committee; Power Generation & Marketing Committee

American Bar Association – Sections on Energy, Environment & Resources; Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation Law

Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment

D.C. Triathlon Club

Ski Club of Washington, D.C.

  • Moderator: Enforcers Panel, 2016 Energy Bar Association Enforcers and Defenders Forum featuring individuals from the CFTC Division of Enforcement; FERC Office of Enforcement; and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Expansion of the Electric Transmission Grid Faces FERC Regulatory Challenges in Infrastructure, ABA Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law, 2014
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