Levi McAllister, head of the firm’s Electric Vehicles (EV) Working Group and Energy Commodity Trading and Compliance Working Group, helps energy companies navigate the quickly evolving regulatory and investment environment for both conventional and emerging energy technologies. As more sectors look to creative solutions to mitigate the effects of climate change, Levi guides clients seeking to reduce their carbon footprints and take advantage of new and evolving energy storage and infrastructure assets, while also advising on energy commodity trading and the deployment of EVs and EV infrastructure in US markets. He is a member of the National Native American Bar Association and a frequent public speaker on energy issues.
In the electric power and EV sector, Levi focuses on the operation and market access of battery storage assets, and advises clients in the utility, technology, retail, and automotive industries on all issues relating to EV growth. Levi focuses on EV leasing, network charging infrastructure development, siting and operation, and vehicle-to-grid issues. Levi leverages existing knowledge of the market and developments in the EV sector to best position clients to successfully develop and implement their EV commitments and goals. His work in this emerging sector grows out of the more traditional electric power sector, where Levi provides clients with guidance on market access in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)-regulated wholesale energy and capacity markets, market design issues, and the creation and sale of electric generating assets.
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. Levi also counsels clients that are negotiating transportation, storage, and commodity purchase and sale agreements in connection with domestic and international transactional matters.
Levi’s practice in all sectors reflects significant experience advising clients subject to FERC and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (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.
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
MVP, Transportation, Law360 (2022)
Recognized, Energy Law, Washington, DC, The Best Lawyers in America (2022–2023)
Distinguished Legal Writing Award, The Burton Awards, Law360 (2020)
Next Generation Partner, Industry focus: Energy regulation: oil and gas, The Legal 500 US (2017–2022)
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)