Jennings Strouss Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Washington D.C. Super Lawyers®

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 26, 2015) – Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC announced that attorneys Debra D. Roby, Joel L. Greene, Gary J. Newell, Alan I. Robbins and Deborah A. Swanstrom have been listed in the 2016 Washington DC Super Lawyers® in the area of Energy and Natural Resources.

Debra D. Roby is Chair of the firm’s Energy practice group and has extensive experience representing clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and related courts. She counsels clients on a variety of energy matters, including electric transmission access and rate proceedings, regional transmission organizations, organized electric power markets, hydroelectric licensing and compliance, contract negotiations, complaint proceedings, NERC reliability compliance, audits and appeals, and other matters.

Joel L. Greene has more than 40 years of experience assisting clients in energy regulatory matters, legal strategic planning, contract negotiations and advocacy before FERC, U.S. Department of Transportation, state commissions, and the courts. Mr. Greene is very active in the energy industry, having served on the North American Energy Standards Board and as an officer of the Energy Bar Association. In addition, he served as chair of the International District Energy Association (IDEA) and is currently the Association’s legal counsel.

Gary J. 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 services. Since 1978, Mr. Newell has represented municipalities, municipal joint action agencies and cooperative utility systems in a broad array of administrative and appellate proceedings, at both the state and federal levels, involving the rates, terms and conditions for energy-related products and services. Mr. Newell has also been an active participant in negotiations involving the formation of Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) and centralized wholesale electricity markets in several regions of the U.S.

Alan I. Robbins is an experienced energy lawyer and administrative litigator before the FERC and related courts. For over 35 years, Mr. Robbins has helped his clients navigate a broad range of energy issues, including restructuring of the electric industry and the development electric power markets, traditional electric rate matters, utility merger proceedings, contract negotiations, hydropower licensing, project development, and overall business strategies. His clients include municipal joint action agencies, generation and transmission cooperatives, a state utility commission, individual municipal and cooperative electric systems, larger end-users, and other market participants.

Deborah A. Swanstrom has more than 25 years of experience representing clients from diverse segments of the electric and natural gas industries on regulatory matters related to ratemaking, open access, transmission projects, renewable generation projects, interconnections, hydropower project exemptions and energy trading. Ms. Swanstrom counsels clients on FERC and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulations, reliability standards developed by NERC and regional entities, and compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act, Federal Power Act and Natural Gas Act. She has represented government and investor-owned electric utilities, investors in generation and transmission projects, industrial electricity consumers, state and local regulators, gas pipelines, local distribution companies, and producers and marketers.

The selections for the top attorneys in Washington, DC are made by the research team at Super Lawyers, which is a service of the Thomson Reuters Legal Division based in Eagan, MN. Each year, the research team undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a survey of attorneys, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check. Only five percent of attorneys are named by Super Lawyers.


About Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC, has been providing legal counsel for over 70 years through its offices in Phoenix and Peoria, Arizona; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s primary areas of practice include agribusiness; bankruptcy, reorganization and creditors’ rights; construction; corporate and securities; employee benefits and pensions; energy; family law and domestic relations; health care; intellectual property; labor and employment; legal ethics; litigation; professional liability defense; real estate; surety and fidelity; tax; and trust and estates. For additional information please visit and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.


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