AFS Energy

Energy Litigation

Our Energy Litigation team is nationally recognized for its representation of public utilities, independent power producers, transmission system operators, renewable energy companies, electric power co-operatives and natural gas producers, pipeline and marketing companies, in federal and state courts, in arbitrations and mediations, and before state regulatory commissions.

We aggressively and successfully resolve high-stakes litigation through the design and successful implementation of strategies that account not only for the strengths of our clients’ legal positions, but also for federal and state administrative regulatory schemes, and public relations concerns, that affect business operations in an increasingly competitive energy industry that is tilting toward greener sources of production.

Client Work

Representative matters include:

  • Defense of energy industry clients in several of the largest, most complex Super Fund cases in the country
  • Defense of a public utility against a major Department of Justice prosecution under the New Source Review provisions of the Clean Air Act
  • Defense of claims arising in connection with power purchase agreements for the development and operation of utility scale renewable energy facilities
  • Disputes arising out of contracts for, and the construction of, coal and natural gas fired electric power plants
  • Remediation of manufactured gas plant sites
  • Obtaining permitting and siting approvals in contested proceedings for new renewable energy facilities
  • Defense of energy industry clients under NERC regulations
  • Contested proceedings before state regulatory commissions seeking approvals for construction of pipelines and electric transmission lines
  • Multi-million dollar disputes under contracts for the purchase and sale of natural gas, financing and leasing arrangements for electric power facilities, and for power plant equipment failures, fuel contracts and rail transportation agreements


  • Chambers USA
    • Energy & Natural Resource, Illinois (2012-2021)
    • Environment, Illinois (2012-2021)
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” – National Tier 1
    • Litigation – Environmental (2012-2015 and 2019-2022)
    • Energy Law (2013-2023)
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” – Metropolitan Tier 1
    • Energy Law, Chicago (2013-2022)
    • Environmental Law, Chicago (2012-2022)
    • Energy Law, Washington, D.C. (2014-2021)
    • Litigation – Environmental, Chicago (2012-2022)