Highly Specialized Counsel For Public Utility Projects
Public utility law is a specialized, uniquely structured area of law in which issues and changes can directly affect literally millions of customers. Because utilities are so closely regulated, any alteration in the regulatory or operating environment can have an immediate, dramatic operational impact.
Drawing on its experience in matters involving electric, gas, water, sewer and cable television utilities, DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP, has developed a skilled team of lawyers for public utility cases.
Public Utility Issues Are Unique
Unlike virtually any other area of law, there is no conventional reporting system for public utility decisions. Additionally, there is a relatively small group of practitioners in the field. Because of these factors, effective representation requires an enormous amount of experience and a deep understanding of the intricacies, processes and nuances of the legal and administrative landscape.
Our attorneys are some of the most knowledgeable, experienced public utility lawyers in New Jersey. Our lawyers regularly practice before the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, and we include a former longstanding member of the BPU’s Legal Department. Our attorneys are thus able to analyze any emerging issue from both the perspective of the regulatory body as well as the utility – an invaluable dual perspective that gives DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP‘s clients an unsurpassed understanding of potential outcomes, and their impact.
Because they are so immersed in, and conversant with, developments in New Jersey public utilities law, our practitioners excel at keeping clients apprised of both current and potential issues, decisions and so on. This is particularly important for smaller utilities, such as regional water companies, who may be disproportionately affected by these actions.
The ability to anticipate events rather than simply reacting to them can be a crucial strategic advantage. Another advantage is our ability to work effectively and closely with our practitioners in other fields such as environmental or municipal law when a situation requires it.
We Are Experienced In This Niche Area
DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP, has represented a wide array of public utilities before the board and (in the instance of solid waste utilities) the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
We have represented nonregulated energy groups, public agencies and municipal entities to intervene in matters such as:
- Complex rate cases
- Deregulation proceedings
- Complicated merger transactions
We have the experience and judgment needed to handle any case involving utility issues, and to help ensure both that providers realize an appropriate return on their investments and that the public is provided with safe, adequate and proper service at just and reasonable rates in accordance with the law.
Gain Highly Skilled Support
Regardless of the level of government or scale of the project, we have the resources to provide detailed legal insight. Call 201-928-1100 or email our firm to schedule a direct consultation.