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Admitted to Practice

  • Massachusetts, 2012
  • District of Columbia, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2016

William M. Friedman

William focuses his practice on regulatory, compliance, and transactional issues related to natural gas, electricity, and renewables. He represents generators, marketers, end users, and investors before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and appellate courts in matters related to pipeline rates, natural gas supply, electric transmission, and electricity markets. William also advises clients in renewable energy project development and financing, energy trading, and energy services transactions.

Representative Experience

Electric transmission dispute*

Represented power marketer in dispute with transmission provider regarding rollover rights on electric transmission line. Obtained FERC-approved settlement that fully protected client’s rights. (2018)

Solar tax equity investments*

Represented international financial institution in connection with over $500 million in investments in residential- and commercial-scale solar installations. (2016-2018)

Natural gas supply*

Counseled Canadian refining and marketing company in implementing long-term natural gas supply strategy. Negotiated precedent agreements and NAESB master agreements. (2013-2018)

California energy crisis litigation*

Defended power marketer against allegations of tariff violations and market manipulation in multiple fully litigated hearings at FERC and subsequent appeals stemming from the 2000-2001 California energy crisis. (2012-2016)

Natural gas rate case*

Represented local distribution companies in contested natural gas rate case before FERC. (2012-2013)
* Denotes experience completed at a prior firm

Additional Qualifications

  • Associate, McDermott Will & Emery, 2012-2018
  • Legal Intern, Antitrust Division, United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., 2012
  • Legal Intern, Energy and Telecommunications Division, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, Boston, 2010

Professional & Community Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Energy Bar Association