Ken Kulak is a co-leader of the firm’s power and renewables sector team and a member of the firm’s climate change and sustainability working group. He counsels energy companies in regulatory proceedings, including ratemaking proceedings, before public utility commissions and in transactional matters. Ken also advises public utilities, project developers, investors, and corporate energy users on retail and wholesale electricity markets, renewable portfolio standards, distributed generation (including microgrids), demand response, and energy efficiency.
Clients seek his advice in navigating the legal issues associated with the development, purchase, sale, and financing of renewable energy and storage projects, including the negotiation of power purchase agreements; engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracts; and operations and maintenance (O&M) agreements. Ken also advises clients working toward their sustainability goals, assisting with the negotiation of virtual power purchase agreements and other agreements for procurement of renewable energy and carbon credits.
Ken is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he teaches a seminar on energy law and climate change. He is also on the advisory board of the University of Pennsylvania’s Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, where he previously served as a senior fellow.
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Ken worked as a trial lawyer in the Civil Division of the US Department of Justice in Washington, DC, representing the United States in contract and employment law cases. He handled trials and appeals of complex contractual disputes involving finance, accounting, and federal taxation. From 1994 to 1996, Ken served as a law clerk to Judge Raymond J. Broderick of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Carnegie Mellon University, 1982, B.A.
University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1994, J.D.
Clerkship to Judge Raymond Broderick of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1994 - 1996)
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Energy, Law360 (2016, 2019)
Member, Law Firm of the Year, Energy/Projects: Power (including Renewables), Chambers USA (2018)
Member, Energy Law Firm of the Year, US News & World Report/Best Lawyers (2015)
Recommended, Industry focus: Energy: renewable/alternative, The Legal 500 US (2018)
Recognized, CleanTech Law, Philadelphia, The Best Lawyers in America (2015, 2017–2020, 2022)