Levi McAllister advises clients on matters related to the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) affecting the energy industry, including FERC and CFTC investigations, litigation and related court appeals. Levi represents natural gas and power marketers, natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids shippers (including local distribution companies), industrial consumers, electric utilities, and renewable energy developers in energy regulatory matters.
Levi handles administrative litigation for shippers affected by interstate natural gas pipeline rates, terms, and conditions of service. Levi has assisted clients in rulemaking proceedings, including proceedings concerning FERC’s anti-manipulation rules and pipeline restructuring matters, and regularly counsels clients in matters pertaining to applicable transportation rates. He addresses commercial and regulatory issues in the United States for LNG and shale gas developers, and also represents shippers in litigation under the US Interstate Commerce Act as it relates to rates, terms and conditions of service for regulated common carrier transportation of oil and natural gas liquids. Levi also represents entities that trade, produce, deliver, or ship natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids in matters concerning pipeline safety and storage and the related regulations and requirements administered by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
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. He also advises on compliance issues related to electrical system reliability standards established by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, and legal obligations imposed by federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act and Public Utility Holding Company Act regulations.
As an active member of Morgan Lewis’s energy compliance and enforcement practice, Levi’s practice includes FERC and CFTC investigations of physical and financial energy commodity trading and investigations of electric reliability related incidents. 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)