Melinda J. Warner


Melinda J. Warner

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Melinda represents electric utility clients and natural gas pipelines before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). With the knowledge gained from her diverse legal experience, Melinda advises clients regarding a variety of regulatory, litigation, and transactional matters.

Prior to joining Wright & Talisman, Melinda was a trial attorney in FERC’s Office of Administrative Litigation with a focus on contested rate filings and complaint proceedings arising under the Federal Power Act and Natural Gas Act (NGA) with an emphasis on renewable energy reactive power filings and regulated electric utilities. During her time at FERC, Melinda gained valuable experience serving as counsel in trial-type hearings before Administrative Law Judges, negotiating settlements, and managing various stages of litigation from discovery to briefing.

Before shifting her focus to the energy sector, Melinda’s extensive career included litigating in the legal services space and teaching as an adjunct professor at American University Washington College of Law and Georgetown University Law Center.

Representing a natural gas pipeline in an NGA section 7 certificate proceeding.

Representing transmission owners in a rulemaking proceeding establishing incentive-based rate treatment for voluntary cybersecurity investments by public utilities.

Representing a regional transmission organization in settlement negotiations and informal discovery concerning a proposal to place transmission facilities and the associated annual transmission revenue requirement into certain pricing zones for rate recovery.

District of Columbia

New York

Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M. (2015)

City University of New York School of Law, J.D. (2012)

The George Washington University, B.A. in Political Communication, cum laude (2005)

Energy Bar Association

Women's Energy Network

District of Columbia Bar (2022) (Member, Committee on Admissions)

Gifts for the Homeless (2016-2022) (Member, Board of Directors)

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