WASHINGTON (July 1, 2014) - Holland & Knight announced today that 11 lawyers have joined its Energy & Clean Technology Team from the law firm Brickfield Burchette Ritts & Stone, PC. Joining as partners are William Burchette, Christine Ryan, Michael McCarty, Allen O'Neil, Emily Streett, and Patrick Burchette in Washington, D.C., and Mark Davis in Austin, Texas. Also joining the firm as senior counsel are Fred Ritts and Alvin Taylor in Washington and John Wright and Russell Parish in Austin.
The group brings a wealth of experience in the representation of rural electrical cooperatives, municipal electrical systems and other wholesale suppliers on electric power and natural gas issues. These lawyers are experienced in virtually every aspect of their clients' businesses, including wholesale power contract negotiations; power plant acquisition, development and operation; finance; hydroelectric licensing and compliance; water resources development and regulation; transmission line certification and construction; RTO matters; and rate evaluation for electric power and natural gas. They also appear regularly before the United States Congress, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Rural Utilities Service, the Public Utility Commission of Texas and other state regulatory agencies on behalf of their clients.
"We are very excited to have these professionals choose Holland & Knight as their next home," said Rich Gold, practice group leader for the Public Policy & Regulation Group. "We have been doing more and more policy work at the Department of Energy and on Capitol Hill. The strong legal and regulatory capabilities these lawyers bring to the table will further increase our ability to serve clients in the energy sector."
"Our team of experienced lawyers has provided the highest quality representation to electric cooperatives over the years, and our decision to join Holland & Knight, with their strategic focus on energy, will enhance our ability to continue providing the very best to our clients," said Mr. Burchette, who has represented rural electric cooperatives and other public power entities for more than 30 years. "In addition to a broad energy platform, Holland & Knight has one of the premiere lobbying and public policy practices in the nation, which is essential as we navigate an increasingly complex regulatory environment."
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