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Ex-FERC commissioner Kelly joins Jenner & Block law firm

Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member Suedeen Kelly and two other former FERC officials have joined the law firm of Jenner & Block LLP to fill out the firm's newly established energy practice.

Randall Mehrberg, a former executive at both Exelon Corp. and Public Service Enterprise Group Inc., joined the firm in 2016 to set up the energy law team. He will co-chair the group along with Kelly.

Also joining are Max Minzner, former FERC general counsel, who will join the firm as a partner starting July 3, and Jeffery Dennis, former FERC division of policy development director, who has joined the firm as special counsel. The team will be based in Jenner & Block's Washington, D.C. office, according to a May 30 news release.

Kelly, during her time as a FERC commissioner between November 2003 and December 2009, resolved 7,000 disputes with published commission decisions and personally authored 100 separate statements during her tenure. She was involved with actions revising regulatory policies, such as transmission interconnection and planning reform, integration and deployment of renewables and smart technology into the grid, the inclusion of smart grid demonstration grants in the stimulus effort and natural gas quality standards.

Meanwhile, Minzner supervised nearly 200 lawyers and legal professionals as FERC's general counsel. From 2009 to 2010, he also co-led the enforcement arm at the agency and was tasked to investigate violations related to anticompetitive activities, market manipulation and conduct in the energy sector.

During his stint at FERC as division of policy development director, Dennis supervised the evaluation of existing FERC policies and identification of new and emerging policy issues impacting FERC's statutory responsibilities.

Jenner & Block's clients include Exelon, PSEG, Pacific Gas and Electric Co., Southern California Edison Co., American Electric Power Co. Inc., Arizona Public Service Co., National Grid plc, AES Corp., Mitsubishi Electric Corp., Constitution Pipeline and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power