Thomas R. Brill

Of Counsel

Thomas R. Brill has deep legal and management experience in the energy industry and has represented clients in virtually every electricity and natural gas restructuring proceeding in California for over three decades. Tom also has comprehensive experience in regulatory litigation, as well as strategy and policy development to address rapidly changing laws, regulations, and market dynamics as well as technological disruptions that are leading to significant changes in the energy industry.

Before joining Greenberg Traurig, Tom served in in-house positions at Sempra Energy, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Pacific Enterprises, the Southern California Gas Company, and the American Gas Association. In these roles, he served as lead council in proceedings to implement state policies and legislation to introduce competition and reduce emissions in California’s electricity and natural gas markets, developed legal, regulatory, legislative and public affairs strategies to address Community Choice Aggregation, Greenhouse Gas and carbon reduction initiatives, the introduction of wholesale and retail market competition in the electricity and natural gas industries, wildfire risk issues, and rate structuring proposals.

He has served as legal counsel on a wide range of matters before for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), including proceedings to obtain regulatory approval of a significant merger between two utility holding companies, and lobbied before these organizations, as well as the California Legislature and the United States Congress.

Concentrations

  • Greenhouse gas and emission reduction strategies
  • Industry restructuring
  • Climate action plans
  • Distributed energy technologies/renewable generation
  • Utility cost allocation and rate design
  • CPUC and FERC merger approvals/market power analysis
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主要执业方向

主要执业经验

  • Obtained decisions in rate design, industry restructuring and cost allocation proceedings on behalf of two of the largest public utilities in California.°
  • Obtained CPUC and FERC approval of the largest utility merger in California history.°
  • Obtained a decision in general rate case proceedings for one of the largest natural gas utilities in the United States °
  • Obtained defense judgment for a natural gas utility as lead attorney in two-week jury trial arising out of a natural gas explosion.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Brill prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • SEMPRA Energy, 1998-2010 and 2016-2019
    • Special Counsel & Director, Regulatory and Legislative Policy, 2016-2019
    • Director/Assistant General Counsel, Corporate Regulatory Policy, 2003-2010
    • Director, Regulatory Policy and Analysis, 1999-2002
    • Director, Regulatory Strategy and Policy, 1998-1999
  • San Diego Gas & Electric Company, 2010-2016
    • Special Counsel and Director, Strategic Projects, 2013-2016
    • Director, Strategic Analysis, 2010-2013
  • Manager of Federal Regulatory Affairs, American Gas Association, 1995-1996
  • Pacific Enterprises, 1987-1995
    • Regulatory Attorney, 1987-1991

荣誉和领导力

  • Member, California State Bar, 1986-Present

资历

教育
  • J.D., Southwestern University, 1985
  • B.A., University of California at Santa Barbara, 1982
获准执业地区
  • 加利福尼亚州