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  • J.D., Wayne State University, School of Law, 1980
  • B.S. and B.A., Michigan State University, with high honors, 1976

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  • District of Columbia
  • Michigan

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Energy Bar Association

James H. Byrd

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  • T: 202.753.3412
    F: 202.354.4653

Mr. Byrd joined the firm as a partner from Miller, Balis & O’Neil, P.C. in 2014. He represents public gas systems in regulatory and transactional matters and also counsels rural electric cooperatives and consumer advocates in a variety of electricity and gas transactions and proceedings.

Mr. Byrd’s natural gas regulation work currently includes representation of publicly owned gas systems and power generators served by more than a dozen pipelines located across the country in proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and appellate courts. He has also represented consumer advocates in a variety of regulatory proceedings involving retail gas and electricity suppliers.

In the area of energy transactions, Mr. Byrd represents public gas systems in the acquisition of gas supply, asset management, and transportation services and in contractual matters involving service to end users. He also negotiates gas supply, storage and transportation arrangements for electric power generators.

Prior to entering private practice in 1987, Mr. Byrd served as Senior Attorney in the General Counsel’s Office of the Edison Electric Institute, where he practiced primarily in the regulatory and legislative fields. After graduating from law school, Mr. Byrd served a judicial clerkship with the Circuit Court for the Third Judicial Circuit in Michigan.

Mr. Byrd was recognized as one of Public Utilities Fortnightly’s Top Utility Lawyers of 2011 and and was included in the 2008-2020 editions of The Best Lawyers of America. He was also recognized by Super Lawyers in 2013. Best Lawyers is published by Best Lawyers in partnership with US News and World Report. Super Lawyers is published by Thomson Reuters. A description of their selection process can be found in the respective links above. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.


Carolinas Public Gas Association’s Annual Meeting