by Maxine Joselow, E&E News
May 31, 2017
Jeffery Dennis, former director of FERC’s Division of Policy Development, has joined the firm as special counsel.
The new energy practice will build on the firm’s prior representation of clients in the energy sector. Past clients include energy companies such as Exelon Corp., as well as utilities such as Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and National Grid.
“Over the past several years, our outstanding team of lawyers have been handling important matters on behalf of utility and power clients,” Jenner & Block partner Randall Mehrberg said in a press release. “With Suedeen, Max and Jeff’s arrival, we are excited to build-out a full-service practice for energy-specific clients as well as clients with needs in this area.”
Kelly comes to the practice after serving three terms as FERC commissioner under Presidents George W. Bush and Obama. During her tenure at FERC, she spearheaded changes in regulations related to transmission interconnection and planning reform, natural gas quality standards, and integration of renewables and smart technology into the grid.
“Jenner & Block practices at the highest levels of excellence and I am looking forward to contributing my skills as we build a go-to energy practice,” Kelly said in the press release. “It is a privilege to be helping clients achieve success in their most challenging business, litigation and regulatory matters.”
Minzner joins the practice after overseeing regulation of electricity and natural gas as FERC’s general counsel. From 2009 to 2010, he also helped lead the enforcement arm at FERC, where he investigated violations in the energy sector related to market manipulation.