Levi McAllister advises clients subject to regulatory oversight in the natural gas, crude oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and electric power sectors of the energy industry. Levi’s practice largely focuses on compliance with regulatory provisions administered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) that affect the energy industry. Levi also advises clients on transactional matters in the energy industry concerning acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, and development of oil and gas infrastructure.
In the natural gas, crude oil, and NGL sectors, Levi handles administrative litigation for shippers affected by interstate natural gas pipeline and regulated common carrier crude oil and NGL pipeline rates, terms, and conditions of service. Levi represents entities that trade, produce, deliver, or ship natural gas, crude oil, and NGLs in matters concerning pipeline safety and storage and the related regulations and requirements administered by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Levi also counsels clients engaged in domestic and international transactional matters concerning natural gas, crude oil, or NGL infrastructure in negotiating transportation, storage, and commodity purchase and sale agreements.
In the electric power sector, Levi counsels electric utilities on issues pertaining to transmission infrastructure development, participation in organized wholesale power markets, generation development, acquisitions, and divestitures, the integration and deployment of distributed energy resources, the integration of electric storage into wholesale markets, and compliance with FERC’s rules administered under the Federal Power Act.
Levi’s practice reflects significant experience advising clients subject to FERC and CFTC investigations of physical and financial energy commodity trading. Levi advises clients on lawful gas, power, and petrochemical trading strategies and advocates before FERC in non-public and litigated proceedings alleging fraudulent or manipulative trading activity in violation of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) and Federal Power Act (FPA), and before the CFTC in non-public and litigated proceedings alleging fraudulent or manipulative futures and derivatives trading in violation of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA). Levi draws on this experience to develop company compliance programs, pursue internal investigations, and develop energy compliance training programs.
Levi brings to his energy practice experience defending gas and power refund claims associated with regulatory changes, market dislocations, and allegations of market manipulation and handling matters related to federal regulation of oil and natural gas, electric energy and ancillary services, and interstate pipeline safety and infrastructure.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Levi served as a legislative aide to US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. He worked on a variety of regulatory measures, including the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Levi also served for three years as a legal assistant and law clerk to Chief Judge Andrew S. Effron of the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
American University, Washington College of Law, 2008, J.D., Cum Laude
University of Texas at Austin, 2003, B.S.
District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Clerkship to Judge Andrew Effron of the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (2008)
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Energy Bar Association
Member, Federal Bar Association
Managing Editor, American University Law Review
Editor, Business Law Brief
Listed, "Rising Star," Washington, D.C. Superlawyers, Energy and Natural Resources (2015–2016)
Recommended, Industry focus - Energy regulatory - conventional power, oil and gas, The Legal 500 US (2017)