Levi McAllister advises clients in the electric power, natural gas, and petrochemical sectors of the energy industry concerning regulatory compliance, asset development, and transactional matters. Levi addresses regulatory provisions administered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and state public utility commissions. He also counsels clients seeking to reduce their carbon footprints on federal and state regulatory issues arising in the development, acquisition, divestiture, and merger of energy infrastructure assets, focusing on electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure, energy storage resources, distributed energy resources, and utility-scale generating assets.
In the electric power sector, Levi provides clients with guidance on market access in FERC-regulated wholesale energy and capacity markets, market design issues, and the development, acquisition, or divestiture of electric generating assets. He focuses on evolving and emerging energy technologies by counseling clients on battery storage issues, EV leasing, network charging infrastructure development, vehicle-to-grid issues, and distributed energy resource market participation and aggregation issues.
In the natural gas and petroleum sectors, Levi handles administrative litigation before FERC for shippers affected by the rates, terms, and conditions of service applicable to transport on natural gas, crude oil and liquids pipelines. He represents entities that trade, produce, deliver, or ship natural gas, crude oil, and liquids in matters concerning pipeline safety and storage and the related regulations administered by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Levi also counsels clients negotiating transportation, storage, and commodity purchase and sale agreements in connection with domestic and international transactional matters concerning natural gas, crude oil, or liquids infrastructure.
Levi’s practice in all sectors reflects significant experience advising clients subject to FERC and CFTC investigations relating to physical and derivative energy commodity trading. He advises clients on lawful organized market trading matters and power, gas, and petrochemical commodity trading strategies. Levi is well versed in the regulatory landscape surrounding carbon trading and has experience developing and analyzing physical and derivative commodity trading strategies designed to respond to carbon pricing regulatory developments. Levi has advocated on behalf of clients in dozens of matters before FERC in non-public and litigated proceedings alleging fraudulent or manipulative conduct in violation of the Federal Power Act and Natural Gas Act, 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. Levi draws on this experience to develop company compliance programs, pursue internal investigations, and develop energy compliance training programs.
Levi defends clients facing 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.
American University Washington College of Law, 2008, J.D., Cum Laude
University of Texas at Austin, 2003, B.S.
District of Columbia
US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit
Clerkship to Judge Andrew Effron of the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (2008)
Awards and Affiliations
Recognized, Energy Law, The Best Lawyers in America (2022)
Distinguished Legal Writing Award, The Burton Awards, Law360 (2020)
Next Generation Partner, Industry focus: Energy regulation: oil and gas, The Legal 500 US (2017–2021)
Member, Law Firm of the Year, Energy/Projects: Power (including Renewables), Chambers USA (2018)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Energy, Law360 (2016, 2019)
Member, Energy Law Firm of the Year, US News & World Report/Best Lawyers (2015)
Rising Star, Energy and Natural Resources; Utilities, Washington, DC Super Lawyers (2016–2019)
Recommended, Industry focus - Energy regulatory - conventional power, oil and gas, The Legal 500 US (2017, 2018)