Monica A. Schwebs has extensive experience in federal and state energy and environmental regulatory matters. She represents a variety of clients including developers, financial institutions, utilities, and government agencies. On behalf of clients, she appears before federal and state agencies, the California Independent System Operator, and the courts.
Monica previously spent six years working as staff counsel for the California Energy Commission. While at the commission, she worked on federal and state energy and environmental law issues. She handled a wide variety of matters relating to power plant licensing, renewable energy, transmission, natural gas (including liquefied natural gas), petroleum refining and oil pipelines, hydroelectric licensing, appliance energy efficiency standards, and climate change. She represented the commission in judicial proceedings in both federal and state courts and in administrative proceedings, including proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission, and the US Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Appeals Board.
Before entering state service, Monica served as a trial attorney for the US Dept. of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, in Washington, D.C. She served as lead counsel in federal court cases for many federal agencies, including the US Environmental Protection Agency. The cases she handled were brought under a variety of environmental laws, including air, water, coastal zone management, hazardous waste, and pesticide laws.
Prior to entering public service, Monica practiced both energy and environmental law at a major national firm in its Washington, DC, office.
Princeton University, 1979, Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude
University of Virginia School of Law, 1982, Juris Doctor
District of Columbia
Awards and Affiliations
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)
Board of Directors, Energy Bar Association (2009–2012)
Co-chair, Climate Change and Emissions Committee, Energy Bar Association (2008–2010)
Co-chair, Renewable Energy Committee, Energy Bar Association (2007–2008)
Past vice chair, Committee on Renewable Energy Resources, American Bar Association
Past vice chair, Special Committee on Environmental Disclosures, American Bar Association
Past vice chair, Special Committee on Energy and Environmental Finance, American Bar Association
Special Commendation for Outstanding Service, US Dept. of Justice