Debra D. Roby

Chair, Energy

Overview

Ms. Roby has over 15 years of electric utility experience practicing before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state utility commissions, and in related court proceedings. Much of Ms. Roby’s work focuses on the generation and transmission of electric power, investment in transmission infrastructure, development of energy markets, and Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs).

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Areas of Focus
  • Energy
  • Public Power
  • Electric and Hydroelectric
  • Federal Regulatory Energy Commission
Education

J.D., George Mason University School of Law (2000)

B.S., University of Kansas (1992)

Biography

Ms. Roby has over 15 years of electric utility experience practicing before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state utility commissions, and in related court proceedings. Much of Ms. Roby’s work focuses on the generation and transmission of electric power, investment in transmission infrastructure, development of energy markets, and RTOs. Her clients include state utility commissions, individual municipal electric systems, municipal agencies, and electric generation and transmission cooperatives throughout the United States for which she provides legal advice and litigation services on a variety of energy-related issues.

Ms. Roby is active in project development, including new hydroelectric projects and other renewable resources. Much of this work involves state and federal agency interaction concerning environmental and project operations compliance, the development of project participation agreements, and power purchase and sale agreements. She is also actively engaged in matters involving compliance with reliability standards developed by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).

Ms. Roby is listed as a Washington D.C. Super Lawyer in the area of Energy and Natural Resources.

Admissions

Admitted to Practice

  • District of Columbia (2001)

Court Admission

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit (2001)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit (2016)

Media and Presentations

Articles

Blogs

Presentations

  • “NERC Reliability Standards, What They Mean for Municipal Utilities,” Kansas Municipal Utilities (2007)
  • “An Introduction to EPA’s Coal Ash Rule,” APPA Legal Seminar (2015)

Memberships

Energy Bar Association

National Hydropower Association

American Bar Association

  • Member, Environment, Energy, and Resources Section
  • Member, Hydropower Committee
  • Member, Renewable Energy Committee

American Public Power Association

Michigan Municipal Electric Association

District of Columbia Bar Association

Honors and Awards

  • Listed, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers in the category of Energy and Natural Resources (2012 – 2016, 2018)

Community Involvement

LiveStrong Challenge, Friends Fighting Cancer (2008 – 2012)

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

  • Member, Leukemia Ball Auction Committee (2007 – 2008)