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- District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- Washington, D.C.
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Washington, DC 20004-2541
George D. Billinson is of counsel in Morgan Lewis's Energy Practice. Mr. Billinson has more than 30 years of experience in regulatory, complex litigation, and antitrust matters. His practice focuses on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) compliance and enforcement matters such as: representing clients (including electric and natural gas utilities, natural gas producers, and gas and power marketers) in investigations, audits, and litigation; developing and implementing compliance programs and training; performing compliance assessments and independent investigations; and advising clients on compliance with regulatory requirements. He is a published author and frequent speaker on energy compliance and enforcement matters. Mr. Billinson's prior experience as a general counsel, as a FERC Enforcement attorney, and as a partner in another prominent law firm gives him a unique perspective on the issues facing our clients.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Mr. Billinson was a FERC Enforcement attorney, where he led numerous investigative teams probing industry members’ compliance with FERC's regulatory requirements, provided legal support to audit staff on high profile audits, and regularly briefed Commissioners and Senior Staff on compliance and enforcement issues. He also participated in a joint investigation with CFTC Enforcement Staff, which culminated in a FERC Consent Decree in which the company agreed to pay $4 million.
Before entering public service, Mr. Billinson served as general counsel of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), a subsidiary of Constellation Energy. While at BGE, he was involved in all legal and regulatory aspects of utility operations and oversaw compliance with federal and state regulatory requirements, including FERC and Maryland Public Service Commission regulations. Mr. Billinson's involvement in regulatory matters included rate proceedings, utility restructuring initiatives, and the development of, and compliance with, affiliate standards of conduct applicable to Constellation Energy's utility and nonutility subsidiaries. He headed the trial team that won approval of the company's restructuring settlement, including the recovery of $1 billion (pretax) in stranded costs. As a member of BGE’s Executive Leadership Team, Mr. Billinson was involved in all matters affecting the company's lines of business, including strategic planning, analyzing potential business opportunities, and analyzing and implementing efficiency/cost-cutting enhancements.
Mr. Billinson is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland and before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
- Syracuse University College of Law, 1978, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif
- Boston University, 1975, B.A.