Rebecca Michael focuses her practice on electric energy regulatory matters. She counsels clients on the competitive energy market, rule enforcement, and compliance issues.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Michael served as Senior Director, Reliability, for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). She joined NERC in 2007, just a few weeks before the NERC Reliability Standards were mandatory and enforceable. Prior to her position as Senior Director, Reliability, she served in the legal department in various positions, including Associate General Counsel. She also served as the Acting Director of Enforcement from August to December 2011.

During her service at NERC, Ms. Michael worked, among other things, on compliance, enforcement, reliability standards, registration and critical infrastructure matters. She represented NERC before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and applicable governmental authorities in Canada and Mexico. She worked on major NERC initiatives, including the Bulk Electric System Definition, the Compliance Enforcement Initiative, the Reliability Assurance Initiative and the reform of the NERC Rules of Procedure.

Before joining the non-profit sector, Ms. Michael spent more than a decade in private practice, representing clients in all phases of regulatory proceedings as applicants and intervenors before FERC, drafting settlement agreements, rulemaking comments, and requests for rehearing of orders, and other regulatory matters.

Credentials

Education
  • JD, Vanderbilt University Law School, 1992
  • BA, Samford University, 1989, summa cum laude
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Alabama
  • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Middle District of Alabama
Activities
  • Member, Energy Bar Association

  • Member, American Bar Association: Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law; Section of Natural Resources, Energy, Environmental Law

  • Member, Women's Council on Energy and the Environment

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