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Owen E.
Schiff Hardin LLP
233 S Wacker Dr Ste 6600
Chicago IL 60606
Ph.(312) 258-5680 Fx.(312) 258-5600
Recommended by peers in:
Energy Law
Governmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative Law
Public Utilities Law: Gas/Water/Electric
Telecommunications Law
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Practice Description:  
Owen E. MacBride has represented electric and gas utilities, telecommunications carriers and other entities before the Illinois Commerce Commission for more than 35 years. Clients have included:

-Electric and gas utilities
-Generating companies, including wind generators
-Telecommunications carriers (including an incumbent local exchange carrier, competitive local exchange carriers and interexchange carriers)
-Common carrier pipelines
-Municipalities (including a municipal water utility)

Notable Cases and Results:  
Mr. MacBride has participated in a wide range of state regulatory matters, including more than 10 major electric and gas rate cases; other tariff proceedings; certificate applications; proceedings to approve mergers and acquisitions, asset sales, financings and contracts; construction and operating prudence investigations; complaint cases and investigations; and rulemakings and other generic proceedings. He has represented telecommunications carriers in rate cases (both traditional and TELRIC), interconnection agreement negotiations and arbitrations, complaint cases, investigations and other dispute resolution proceedings, Section 271 investigations, certificate applications, transaction and financing approvals and rulemakings. He has represented competitive carriers in matters relating to implementation of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) Triennial Review Order and Triennial Review Remand Order. He also represents a municipal water utility in rate matters. He has also represented common carrier pipelines in obtaining certificate authority and eminent domain authority for the acquisition of land rights and construction and operation of pipelines.

Mr. MacBride represents the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) in its role as the Electric Reliability Organization (ERO) under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 responsible for developing and enforcing standards for reliable operation of the North American bulk power system, including its applications to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for certification as the ERO, for approval of its initial set of mandatory reliability standards, for approval of NERC's compliance monitoring and enforcement program and hearing procedures, the annual budgets and assessments of NERC and the regional entities, NERC's delegation agreements with the regional entities, and related compliance filings. In addition, he advises electric industry clients on reliability-related matters including the development of reliability compliance programs and preparation of procedures and evidence to demonstrate compliance with reliability standards.

Mr. MacBride has represented clients in administrative proceedings and litigation involving property taxes and state and local taxes applicable to electric and gas utilities, telecommunications carriers and similar businesses. He has represented clients in numerous appeals to the courts from administrative agency decisions.

Mr. MacBride also represents utilities and telecommunications carriers in legislative matters relating to regulation, restructuring and state taxation. He was a principal negotiator and drafter of Illinois' 1997 electric restructuring law and represented an electric industry client in the negotiations in 2007 that resulted in statutes creating Illinois Power Authority and the current electricity procurement system for residential customers. He has represented and advised clients in Illinois and other states in matters relating to the development and implementation of restructuring legislation, including sales and transfers of electric generating stations, the development of unbundled tariffs for electric delivery services, and an $864 million securitization bond financing.

Mr. MacBride has represented utilities, non-utility generators, telecommunications carriers, large electricity and gas consumers, and municipalities in commercial transactions and disputes involving matters such as power, gas and water supply contracts, fuel supply contracts, construction contracts and space leases, and project development matters. He has prepared and negotiated power supply contracts on behalf of both suppliers and consumers, and has advised commercial and industrial consumers in contracting for electric and gas supply services.

Mr. MacBride has prepared legal opinions and provided other analysis supporting numerous financial transactions. He counsels utility and other clients in structuring transactions to conform to legal and regulatory requirements. He frequently advises and assists clients in strategic analyses and decision-making.

Mr. MacBride's representation of utilities and carriers, other energy and telecommunications businesses, pipelines, and large customers has given him broad experience with a wide range of legislative, regulatory, operating, planning, construction, procurement, accounting, financial and ratemaking issues and practices for electric and gas utilities, telecommunications carriers, municipally-owned utilities, non-utility generators, wind generators, common carrier pipelines, and consumers of electricity, gas and water.

Bar Admissions:  
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Date of Birth:  1950

Law School:  Yale Law School, J.D., 1975

Undergraduate School:  University of Michigan, B.A., economics, 1971

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
American Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Energy Bar Association

Published Legal Writing:  
"Administrative Review," Chapter in Chancery and Special Remedies, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) (2009) and Supplement (2011)

Firm Description:  
Schiff Hardin LLP is a general practice law firm representing clients across the United States and around the world. We have almost 400 attorneys in offices located in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Lake Forest, New York, San Francisco and Washington. Our attorneys are strong advocates and trusted advisers - roles that contribute to many lasting client relationships.

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