Lawrence G. Acker

Partner

202.298.1915

lga@vnf.com

Assistant

1050 Thomas Jefferson Street NW
Seventh Floor
Washington, DC 20007

Larry has served as lead outside counsel assisting clients with a variety of matters that involve energy regulation, including:

  • Appeals of FERC Orders, including argument; most recently in Portland General Electric Co. v. FERC, D.C.Circ. No. 15-1237 (April 25, 2017);
  • The regulatory and commercial component of due diligence for potential investors in LNG and pipeline projects;
  • Negotiation of precedent and other commercial and operating agreements:
  • Authorizations for LNG and pipeline projects, some of which have been contested;
  • Enforcement investigations and compliance planning; and
  • Agency proceedings.

Larry assists clients in every phase of regulatory due diligence, application preparation, and litigation from preliminary planning with with senior corporate officials to implementing plans in tariffs and contracts, supervising other lawyers, expert witnesses and consultants, examining witnesses in evidentiary hearings, formulating and negotiating settlements, and as needed, argument and briefs, including appellate litigation.  Larry also participates as regulatory counsel in civil litigation in which FERC issues are present.

Larry’s work encompasses both natural gas and electric matters.  He was lead rate and tariff counsel for the Panhandle Eastern family of interstate pipelines, an active participant in the development of LNG terminals for a variety of companies and investors, and regulatory counsel in the multi-party Louisiana coastal wetlands civil litigation against the oil and gas industry.  He also was lead counsel for more than four years for the power marketers in FERC's California refund proceedings and related appeals, including presenting oral argument before the Ninth and D.C. Circuits; and he was in the leadership group of the Marketers in FERC's Pacific Northwest refund proceedings, including arguments challenging FERC before the Ninth Circuit, resulting in the remand of FERC’s Orders. 

He represented the California ISO in connection with prominent market manipulation matters and to block interference with the ISO’s efforts to prevent load shedding during  summer peak periods in Southern California.








Publications

U.S. Based Small Scale LNG Projects

Euromoney Expert Guides
02/01/2016

AGA FERC Manual: A Guide for Local Distribution Companies (2010-2017)

Principal Author
American Gas Association, 2010-2018 Editions
01/01/2010

Presentations

AGA Energy Market Regulation Conference 2016

Presenter, "Challenges to Infrastructure Development"
American Gas Association
Washington, DC
12/08/2016

AGA Energy Market Regulation Conference 2013

"Effective Compliance Programs"
American Gas Association
New York, NY
10/03/2013