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Michael is a trusted advisor for companies with an interest in the energy and public utilities sectors. He counsels and represents entities whose core business is energy, including renewable energy developers and alternative retail electric suppliers. Michael also works with entities impacted by energy markets and regulation, ranging from customers to hedge funds and investors. He works with essentially everybody in energy except rate-regulated utilities. Michael's clients turn to him for in-depth knowledge of retail energy and how to navigate the multi-layered, highly-regulated industry.
Michael frequently works with trade associations to set and protect regulatory "rules of the game" under which their members compete, primarily at the Illinois Commerce Commission. He represented a group of trade associations in an administrative proceeding to shape how over $800 million in renewable energy incentives would be distributed over the next several years. Michael recently represented a trade association of retail electric suppliers in a multi-year rewrite of regulations governing their relationship with customers from acquisition to contract termination. He advises individual companies on product development, compliance, and B2B/B2C contract drafting. Many of Michael's clients rely on him to identify and develop opportunities, working collaboratively with business, operational, and technical personnel to go from idea to action.
In between stints in the private sector, Michael was the first in-house general counsel at the Illinois Power Agency. The IPA is an Illinois state agency that acts as a procurement agent for Illinois utilities, and currently buys everything from Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and Zero Emission Credits to power and energy. Michael led or handled the legal aspects for the IPA on matters from FutureGen 2.0 to audits to procurement of RECs. Michael also served as the legislative liaison and ethics officer.
Before joining FVLD as a member, Michael owned and operated a boutique energy law firm in Chicago. He serves as an Adjunct Professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Outside of the office, he and his wife keep busy with their two sons. Michael enjoys running and training for marathons and roots for University of Michigan football and the Chicago Bears.
University of Michigan Law School, JD 2007
Dartmouth College, AB cum laude in Government (with Honors) and Mathematics 2004
Selected Publications and Presentations
Legal and Policy Perspective on the "Power'' Side of the Electric Utility Industry, EUCI State Regulation of Electric Utilities and Innovations Driving Change in the Industry Symposium (June 26, 2017)
Aligning Rules and Outcomes in Modern Energy Regulation, DePaul Law Review Symposium - And Justice for All: A Symposium in Memory of the Honorable Richard D. Cudahy (April 7, 2017)
Aggregation 2.0: Evolution of Customer Engagement with Retail Choice, Public Utilities Fortnightly (May 2016) (with Mark J. Pruitt)
A Greener Standard Offer, Public Utilities Fortnightly (October 2014)
How Do You Get To Green? Public Utilities Fortnightly (July 2013)