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Admitted to Practice

  • District of Columbia, 1974
  • Maryland, 1973
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Karol Lyn Newman

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Of Counsel
Karol Lyn Newman is a veteran energy lawyer with experience representing clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), with a focus on entities in the natural gas industry. Her experience with FERC includes the prosecution and litigation of certificate proceedings, abandonment proceedings, rate proceedings, tariff proceedings, and enforcement proceedings. Karol Lyn also regularly counsels her clients on regulatory requirements related to the development of interstate pipeline and storage projects, assists in strategizing the sale and acquisition of regulated assets, and supplies guidance on corporate reorganizations, restructurings, and contract realignments from a regulatory perspective.

Karol Lyn often consults on matters involving federal/state jurisdiction, interagency jurisdiction, federal preemption, eminent domain, regulatory takings, statutory interpretation, affiliated transactions, and environmental concerns. She administers FERC compliance training and helps develop internal compliance programs for her clients on a regular basis. In addition, Karol Lyn is an experienced appellate lawyer, having served as lead counsel on many appeals of FERC orders to the United States Courts of Appeals.

Representative Experience

Compliance programs*

Development of in-house compliance programs including training on FERC gas-related matters for multiple clients.

FERC investigations*

Represented clients in FERC enforcement investigations, including negotiation of settlements to resolve investigations.

FERC litigation*

Represented client in FERC litigation regarding cross-subsidization of market-based rate services by rate-regulated services.

FERC litigation for interstate pipeline*

Represented client in litigation before FERC against an interstate pipeline regarding the attempted inclusion of an acquisition premium in its initial rates.

FERC proceedings*

Represented lessor against lessee in FERC proceeding involving the attempted abandonment of working gas capacity at a natural gas salt dome storage facility.

Interstate pipeline expansion projects*

Advised client on the negotiation of multiple precedent agreements and negotiated rate agreements for capacity on several interstate natural gas pipeline expansion projects.

Interstate pipeline negotiation*

Provided legal advice and assisted in negotiating interstate pipeline Interconnect agreements for gas-fired generation facility.

Interstate pipeline rate litigation*

Represented client in litigation and settlement of interstate pipeline rate proceeding involving rate design and restructuring issues.

Interstate pipeline regulatory*

Advised multiple clients regarding the transfer of interstate pipeline capacity.

LNG capacity transactions*

Provided regulatory advice in connection with the negotiation of contracts related to the sale and purchase of capacity at a U.S. LNG terminal.

LNG export terminal

Advised client on the regulatory issues and processes associated with the development and approval of an LNG export terminal.

LNG regulatory*

Advised an LNG terminal developer on regulatory risk and potential pre-decisional challenges related to a proposed West Coast LNG terminal.

LNG terminal regulatory*

Advised LNG terminal developer on regulatory processes associated with terminals subject to the Deepwater Ports Act in comparison to regulatory processes associated with terminals to the Natural Gas Act.

Natural gas from landfill project*

Represented client in obtaining FERC approvals for the interstate transportation of natural gas developed from a landfill project in Illinois.

Offshore natural gas assets*

Advised private equity fund on regulatory issues related to the acquisition of offshore natural gas assets.

Petroleum export*

Advised client on the export restrictions and exemptions for petroleum product.

Risk analysis for natural gas pipeline*

Assisted client in the analysis of regulatory risk and the appropriate corporate structure for a planned natural gas pipeline facility.

Sale of regulated assets*

Advised client on regulatory issues associated with the sale of certain regulated assets in conjunction with spinoff of part of business and restructuring of remaining business.

Salt mine regulatory*

Advised client on risks associated with the development and operation of salt dome storage facilities in the vicinity of operating salt mines in U.S. and in U.K.

Shale gas production*

Advised an energy company on regulatory issues related to the transportation of shale gas production from the Eagle Ford Shale Production Area.
* Denotes experience completed at a prior firm

Professional & Community Activities

  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Maryland Bar Association
  • Energy Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Energy Law by Best Lawyers, 2006-present
  • Named "Best in Energy, Natural Resources, and Mining" at Americas Women in Business Law Awards, 2012