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William Friedman 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.
California energy crisis litigation
Defended power marketer against allegations of tariff violations and market manipulation in multiple fully litigated hearings at FERC as well as subsequent appeals stemming from the 2000-2001 California energy crisis.
Counsels distribution companies, end users, and marketers on a number of natural gas matters, including rate proceedings before FERC, negotiation of trading agreements, and advising on natural gas supply strategy.
Electric transmission disputes
Represented power marketer in dispute with transmission provider regarding rollover rights on electric transmission line, ultimately obtaining FERC-approved settlement that fully protected client’s rights.
*Denotes experience prior to joining Davis Wright Tremaine
Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia, 2013
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2016
J.D., The George Washington University, 2012, with high honors
- Order of the Coif
- Notes Editor, The George Washington International Law Review
B.A., Philosophy (with high honors) and Politics, Brandeis University, 2009, magna cum laude
Memberships & Affiliations
- American Bar Association
- Energy Bar Association
- Selected to a list of "Ones to Watch" in Energy Law by Best Lawyers, 2021
- Selected to "Washington D.C. Rising Stars" in Energy & Natural Resources, Thomson Reuters, 2019-2020
- 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
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