Morgan Lewis

Related Publications

01/30/15 FERC Proposes to Strengthen Hold-Harmless Policy for Electric Mergers
The policy would impose greater scrutiny and controls on “transaction-related” costs that utilities commit not to pass through to ratepayers and would open the door to cost recovery for acquisitions driven by utility need.
09/02/14 Federal Agencies Cannot Be Fined for Reliability Standard Violations
The D.C. Circuit concluded that sovereign immunity prevents FERC and NERC from imposing monetary penalties on federal agencies that violate Reliability Standards.
08/21/14 D.C. Circuit Rejects Challenges to FERC’s Order No. 1000
The court turned back all challenges to FERC’s order, which imposed major regional transmission planning requirements, concluding that FERC has adequately justified the order and acted within its statutory authority.
View all publications
Photo of  Stephen M. Spina

practice accolades


Listed as a Law Firm of the Year for Energy Law by U.S. News and Best Lawyers (2015)

honors + affiliations

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Energy Bar Association

Board of Directors, Energy Bar Association

Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2010–2011)

Listed, Washington, D.C. Superlawyers, Energy and Natural Resources (2007–2014)

Listed, The Legal 500 United States (2012–2014)

bar admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Eighth and District of Columbia Circuits
print profile

Stephen M. Spina

Washington, D.C.
1111 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004-2541
United States
Phone: +1.202.739.5958
Fax: +1.202.739.3001

Stephen M. Spina is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Energy Practice. Mr. Spina represents electric utilities and other electric industry participants before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on a variety of matters, including industry restructuring, market investigations, and regulatory issues under the Federal Power Act.

Mr. Spina also represents a number of electric utility clients in the areas of market pricing, transmission, reliability standards compliance, and rate matters. He advises utilities and electric industry participants on issues related to regional transmission organizations and has been involved in efforts to form regional transmission organizations in the Southeast, Midwest, and West.

Mr. Spina represents electric utilities in audits and investigations before FERC's Office of Enforcement. He has also represented various industry participants in enforcement and audit proceedings before the North American Electric Reliability Corporation.

Mr. Spina is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland and before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Eighth and District of Columbia Circuits.


  • Tulane University Law School, 1996, J.D., Cum Laude
  • Boston College, 1989, B.A.