Wendy N. Reed

President, Managing Shareholder

Wendy N. Reed

President, Managing Shareholder
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Having practiced energy law for over twenty-five years, Wendy has been consistently recognized by Chambers USA as a leader in the field, describing her as “almost superhuman when it comes to managing a diverse group into a consistent regulatory position” in their 2010 rankings. In 2014, Chambers noted, “she represents her clients effectively and is very knowledgeable about the rights and obligations of utilities in organized markets.” Wendy is also recognized in Chambers Global.

Known for her depth of knowledge and superb handling of clients, Wendy focuses her practice on representing electric utility clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and federal courts. She is particularly focused on representing transmission owners in a variety of matters including transmission rates, tariffs, regional transmission organization (RTO) formation and compliance. In addition, Wendy has extensive experience counseling the MISO Transmission Owners on all regulatory issues, as well as representing U.S. and Canadian entities on a wide range of electric regulatory matters.

Prior to joining Wright & Talisman, Wendy was an associate in the energy and administrative practices of a well-regarded Washington, D.C. law firm. While in law school, she served as editor-in-chief of the William & Mary Journal of Environmental Law.

  • Representing transmission owner clients through a successful prosecution before FERC, the U.S. Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court in the redesign of transmission cost allocation to enable the reliable and economic delivery of energy in support of documented energy policy mandates.
  • Representing transmission owner clients in the litigation of the financial obligations to other RTO members when a utility withdraws from an RTO.
  • Representing transmission owner clients in defense of their return on equity.
  • Representing and advising the transmission owner clients on a wide variety of federal regulatory and compliance matters, including counseling on Order No. 1000 compliance.

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

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

Supreme Court of the United States

William & Mary Law School, J.D. (1992)  (Editor-in-Chief, William & Mary Journal of Environmental Law)

University of Virginia, B.A., distinction in History (1989)  (Phi Beta Kappa)

American Bar Association

Energy Bar Association

Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment

Chambers USA, Energy: Electricity (2005-2017)

Chambers Global, Energy & Natural Resources (2014-2015)

The Best Lawyers in America, Energy Law (2014-2016)

Super Lawyers, Washington, DC, Energy & Natural Resources (2013-2015)

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