Gary J. Newell

Gary J. Newell Member

P: 202-370-0137
F: 202-370-0143
L: Washington, D.C.

Mr. Newell has extensive experience in Energy Law, having focused his legal practice on regulatory and contract issues affecting both suppliers and purchasers of wholesale electricity and bulk power transmission, natural gas and nuclear power. Mr. Newell is well-known and highly regarded in his field, having represented municipalities, municipal joint action agencies and cooperative utility systems in a broad array of energy regulatory proceedings since 1978. He has been a key player in negotiations involving the formation of Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) in several areas of the U.S. Mr. Newell has been an active participant in state and federal administrative and appellate proceedings governing the rates, terms and conditions for energy-related products and services. He has also served as lead counsel in private arbitration proceedings involving joint ownership agreements for major electric generation projects.

Areas of Focus

  • Electric Power Regulation
  • Energy Supply Contracts
  • Administrative Litigation

Representative Engagements

  • Represents load-serving entities in FERC and appellate proceedings involving Regional Transmission Organization rate and market design issues.

  • Counsels wholesale power customers on interconnection, power sales and transmission arrangements.

  • Represented large wholesale customers in FERC proceedings involving major electric-electric and electric-gas mergers, and negotiated favorable protections against adverse merger impacts.

  • Counsels utilities and project developers regarding rights and obligations under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA).

  • Represented joint owners of nuclear and fossil-fueled generation projects in resolving contractual disputes under joint ownership contracts.

  • Counseled municipal utilities regarding compliance with mandatory electric reliability standards.

Representative Clients

  • American Municipal Power, Inc.

  • City of Cleveland (Cleveland Public Power)

  • ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc., North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency, and North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1

  • Piedmont Municipal Power Agency

  • Municipal Energy Agency of Mississippi

  • Easton (Md.) Utilities

Articles, Publications and Presentations

Digital Media

Honors, Appointments and Awards

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

    **AV® Preeminent ™ and BV® Distinguished™ are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (2016 - 2018) in the category of Energy Law

  • Listed, Washington DC Super Lawyers® (2015 & 2016) in the category of Energy & Natural Resources

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, District of Columbia Bar (1978-present)
  • American Bar Association
    Section on Public Utility Law, Member
  • Member, Energy Bar Association (1978-present)

Admitted to Practice

  • District of Columbia, 1978

Court Admission

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit


  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1978
  • B.A., Brown University, 1975
    magna cum laude
    Departmental Honors (Public Policymaking)