Stephen M. Spina is a leader of the energy and project development practice. Steve represents electric utilities and other electric industry participants before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in restructuring, market investigations, and Federal Power Act regulatory matters. He advises electric utilities on issues relating to market pricing, transmission, reliability standards compliance (including cybersecurity standards), rate matters, and participation in regional transmission organizations, including capacity and energy market issues. In connection with cybersecurity and electric reliability, Steve is an active member in the firm’s crisis management practice. His work also extends to audits and investigations before FERC’s Office of Enforcement, as well as enforcement and audit proceedings involving the North American Electric Reliability Corporation.
Steve also counsels clients on the implications of regulations aimed at reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants and helps clients invest in alternative energy sources to meet energy sustainability goals. He is an active member of the firm’s energy industry team and hydrogen working group.
Tulane University Law School, 1996, J.D., cum laude
Boston College, 1989, B.A.
District of Columbia
US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Ranked, Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation), USA, Chambers Global (2019–2024)
Recognized, Energy Law, Washington, DC, The Best Lawyers in America (2018–2020, 2022–2024)