We are seasoned counselors
as much as we are lawyers.

For over 70 years, Wright & Talisman has been a steady partner with energy companies helping them navigate the complexities of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and its regulation of natural gas and oil pipelines and electric utilities.

Devoted exclusively to the practice of energy law, we have a profound understanding of the legal challenges surrounding the generation and transmission of electric energy, as well as the challenges that confront clients engaged in the transmission and distribution of natural gas and oil. Our strong grasp of FERC and the laws and regulations it administers allows us to provide clients with sophisticated regulatory compliance counseling, as well as representation in enforcement proceedings, rulemakings and regulatory litigation.

We know more than the law, we know the industry. Respected as some of the best energy attorneys in the field, as noted by U.S. News and Chambers, we are steeped in the energy industry and bring substantial depth of experience to our clients’ legal and regulatory challenges. Our understanding of the energy landscape, along with our deep knowledge of both the industry and the law, enables us to deliver substantial answers quickly, guide our clients to favorable outcomes, and enable our clients to have meaningful participation in, and impact on, FERC regulation.

We serve a wide range of clients throughout the U.S., including some of the most prominent businesses in the electric, gas and oil sectors. Our clients include utilities, regional transmission organizations, power producers, natural gas and oil pipelines, natural gas distribution companies, developers, banks and investors. Our practice primarily involves representing clients before the FERC, various federal and state regulatory agencies, and federal and state courts.

Our attorneys come from diverse government and private sector backgrounds and many have more than 20 years of experience focused exclusively on the practice of energy law. Our unique blend of high-powered talent, unparalleled FERC experience, and an advanced understanding of our clients’ businesses, allows us to deliver innovative and forward-thinking solutions to very complex legal problems.


Wright & Talisman is a welcoming workplace. We value diversity and colleagues of all backgrounds and viewpoints. We believe that diversity and inclusion are essential to serving the legal needs of today’s energy industry, and seek to reflect these values in our practice. We are committed to pursuing diversity:  

  • By hiring without regard to age, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, or disability;
  • Through our recognition that different talents and perspectives stimulate our thinking;
  • In the options we create for career development, and to help balance work requirements and family commitments; and
  • In the respectful and collegial way we treat one another, our clients, and everyone we encounter in our work.


Andrew T. Swers
Shareholder Andrew T. Swers
Melinda J. Warner
Associate Melinda J. Warner
Elizabeth P. Trinkle
Shareholder Elizabeth P. Trinkle
Wendy N. Reed
President, Managing Shareholder Wendy N. Reed
Priyanka Vashisht
Associate Priyanka Vashisht
Ryan J. Collins
Managing Shareholder Ryan J. Collins
Ruth M. Porter
Shareholder Ruth M. Porter
David S. Berman
Shareholder David S. Berman
Sigifredo Perez
Associate Sigifredo Perez
Vivian W. Chum
Counsel Vivian W. Chum