Frances Bishop Morris

Associate

202-298-1874

ftb@vnf.com

Assistant

1050 Thomas Jefferson Street NW
Seventh Floor
Washington, DC 20007
  • Assisting in the defense of a client in a civil enforcement action brought by a state attorney general.
  • Providing strategic advice and assistance to a FERC-regulated facility in multi-district federal litigation resulting from flooding incident.
  • Assisted in counseling client in responding to an Environmental Protection Agency enforcement action under the Renewable Fuels Standard program, in which the government declined to pursue the action.
  • Monitoring and analyzing trends in the developing area of climate change litigation for a major international auto manufacturer.
  • Preparing client witnesses for depositions and managing discovery, including streamlining document review using predictive coding.
  • Representing companies in prosecuting applications before FERC for authorization to construct, expand, and operate interstate natural gas pipelines, including the development of environmental resource reports, responding to interventions and comments of landowners, environmental groups, and other stakeholders, and defending certificates on rehearing and against motions to stay.
  • Drafting responses to protests filed in natural gas pipeline certificate application proceedings.
  • Defending FERC certificates against environmental challenges before federal courts of appeal.
  • Conducting regulatory due diligence for a client seeking to purchase natural gas storage facility.
  • Counseling clients in the Native American and Tribal Business practice group on regulatory compliance obligations under federal and state consumer financial protection laws, including the Truth-in-Lending Act and Regulation Z; Electronic Funds Transfer Act and Regulation E; Fair Debt Collection Practices Act; Military Lending Act; Telephone Consumer Protection Act; Equal Credit Opportunity Act and Regulation B; Fair Credit Reporting Act and Regulation V; and “UDAAP” provisions.
  • Advised non-tribal financial technology company on commercial lending transaction involving an American Indian tribe.
  • Successfully represented District of Columbia clients on pro bono basis through Washington Lawyers’ Committee’s D.C. Prisoners’ Project at parole hearings before United States Parole Commission.
  • Drafted memorandum for American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on pro bono basis addressing Department of Housing and Urban Development’s authority to waive Housing Act provisions that provide public housing tenants the right to own pets.

Publications

Aliso Canyon Storage Leak

ABA's Infrastructure Periodical, Vol. 55 Issue 4
08/01/2016

The Keystone XL Pipeline: Fueling the debate over presidential permit authority

Trends - ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Newsletter, Vol. 46 Issue 4
03/01/2015