Anthony C. DeCusatis counsels electric, natural gas, water, and oil pipeline utilities in regulatory, transactional, and tax matters. He also advises these clients on tort and contract litigation involving issues specific to utilities and energy suppliers. A large part of Anthony’s practice focuses on representing clients in adversarial proceedings before regulatory agencies and appellate courts. He also represents and counsels utilities and nonutility energy suppliers on emerging issues created by the transition from regulation to competitive markets.
Anthony represents utilities and energy suppliers in mergers, acquisitions, strategic partnerships, and project development/finance matters. He has worked on some of the largest electric and water utility acquisitions and mergers in the United States, and represented acquiring and acquired companies in obtaining regulatory approvals. Additionally, Anthony counsels lenders and underwriters in transactions involving utilities and energy-related businesses.
He also advises clients in adversarial proceedings involving rate-increase litigation, prudence reviews, issuance of certificates, service/reliability complaints and investigations, siting of electric utility facilities, and audits of related-party transactions.
After Pennsylvania enacted comprehensive electric restructuring legislation, Anthony represented electric utilities in contested restructuring proceedings before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and in subsequent appeals. He also advised Pennsylvania electric utilities seeking to securitize stranded costs.
A frequent speaker, Anthony lectures at industry and bar association conferences. Among the topics he addresses are regulatory issues pertaining to mergers and acquisitions of public utilities, the regulation of the water utility industry, electric industry restructuring and deregulation, the structure of competitive energy markets, and the securitization of utility costs.
Anthony formerly chaired the public utility law section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He is also a former section liaison to the board of governors of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the former chairman of the tax developments committee of the Energy Bar Association (EBA).
Temple University, Beasley School of Law, 1992, LL.M.
Georgetown University Law Center, 1977, J.D.
Pennsylvania State University, 1973, B.A.
Awards and Affiliations
Lawyer of the Year, Energy Law, Philadelphia, The Best Lawyers in America (2015, 2018, 2020)
Recognized, Energy Law, Philadelphia; Water Law, Philadelphia, The Best Lawyers in America (2010–2020)
Recognized, Philadelphia's Best Lawyers (2011)
Member, Law Firm of the Year, Energy/Projects: Power (including Renewables), Chambers USA (2018)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Energy, Law360 (2016)
Member, Energy Law Firm of the Year, US News & World Report/Best Lawyers (2015)
Member, Energy Bar Association, State Commission Practice and Regulation Committee
Former Chair, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Public Utility Law Section
Former Chair, Energy Bar Association, Tax Developments Committee