Jim advises public gas systems and their joint action agencies, individually and in groups, on their dealings with energy suppliers, pipelines, financial institutions, hedge counterparties and customers.
As a leading practitioner in helping public gas systems operate in the deregulated gas industry, he has assisted them with forming joint action agencies, developing financed natural gas supply acquisition programs and projects, developing publicly owned natural gas pipeline projects to attach competitive gas supplies, and negotiating market-leading supply and capacity management transactions.
Jim’s energy practice is national in scope and includes representing issuers of tax-exempt bonds in structured finance transactions, negotiating and drafting energy contracts, structuring retail rates and tariffs, negotiating hedging contracts, assisting in legislative efforts, and practicing before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Prior to his legal career, Jim was a newspaper reporter and editor, a small business owner, and assistant to the city manager of a city of 15,000 people in New Hampshire. He is a musician and singer-songwriter. He is married to author Melanie Choukas-Bradley and father of two children.