Brendan H. Connors is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office.
Mr. Connors represents electric utilities in a variety of capacities, with a focus on servicing the regulatory, litigation, transactional and financing needs of rural electric cooperatives and municipally owned utilities. This includes:
- representing clients in proceedings and rulemakings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and various state utility commissions, including actions arising under the Federal Power Act (FPA) and the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA)
- negotiating and, when necessary, litigating wholesale and retail electric rates and other tariff issues
- representing clients in their relations with regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and independent system operators (ISOs), as well as trade associations like the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and the American Public Power Association (APPA)
- representing clients in hydroelectric power transactions with federal power marketing administrations
- negotiating power purchase, interconnection, transmission, delivery point, and joint ownership and operating agreements
In addition, Mr. Connors counsels clients in formulating strategies to address and mitigate proposed environmental regulations issued by federal and state administrative agencies, particularly regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Air Act. He further assists in obtaining project financing for his cooperative clients from the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC), and CoBank.
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Brendan worked as an attorney for law firms in Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Va., where he specialized in financial services litigation, regulatory compliance and government investigations.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Connors served as a law clerk to the Honorable Virginia E. Hopkins of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.
- University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
- University of Virginia, B.A., with distinction
- District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit