Mark A. Whitt

Mark A. Whitt

Managing Partner


Phone: 614.224.3911

whitt@whitt-sturtevant.com

Mark is a regulatory lawyer and litigator with over 20 years of experience representing natural gas, electric, water, telecommunications, and retail energy suppliers in regulatory commission proceedings and in state and federal trial and appellate courts. He is a recognized Advocate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, an Ohio Super Lawyer, and is listed in Best Lawyers in America. Mark was a partner at Jones Day and practice group leader at a litigation boutique before co-founding Whitt Sturtevant in 2012.  

Mark’s diverse experience includes federal and state court litigation stemming from the wholesale electric energy crisis of 2000; deregulation of the Ohio and Illinois retail gas and electric markets; alternative regulation of natural gas supply and distribution in Ohio;  approval of accelerated infrastructure replacement programs; the implementation of performance-based ratemaking; rulemaking proceedings; regulatory investigations; electric transmission siting; and prosecuting and defending regulatory agency complaints. Mark has litigated numerous utility rate cases in Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arkansas In addition to energy and regulatory law, Mark has represented clients in state and federal courts throughout the country in civil litigation involving contracts, product liability, antitrust and unfair competition, construction defects and delays, commercial law, and state and federal consumer protection statutes. Mark has argued appeals at the Ohio Supreme Court, various intermediate appellate courts in Ohio and Illinois, and the U.S. Court of Appeals. Mark has also advised clients in energy-related transactions, including the formation of the Blue Racer joint venture of Dominion and Caimen Energy, the acquisition of Cleveland Thermal by Corix, Aqua Ohio’s acquisition of Ohio-American Water, and regulatory counsel to the Clean Energy Future – Lordstown electric generation project. 

Mark is a graduate of the University of Akron (B.S., cum laude, 1993; J.D., cum laude, 1997) and was Editor-in-Chief of the Akron Law Review. He is a veteran of the United States Army (101st Airborne Division, 2nd Infantry Division, 11th Special Forces Group, 1987-1991). During undergraduate and law school, Mark worked for a small general practice law firm, a municipal court judge, and the legal department of an electric utility holding company. 

  • Over 20 years of experience representing public utilities, retail suppliers, and other stakeholders before state regulatory commissions and courts
  • Representative trial and appellate court cases include:
    • Ohio Edison Co. v. Direct Energy, 2017 WL 3174347 (N.D. Ohio 2017)
    • Application of Duke Energy Ohio, 150 Ohio St. 3d 437 (2017)
    • Toliver v. Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio, 145 Ohio St. 3d 346 (2015)
    • Application of E. Ohio Gas Co., 144 Ohio St. 3d 265 (2015)
    • In Re Ohio Power Co., 144 Ohio St. 3d 1 (2015)
    • Application of E. Ohio Gas Co., 141 Ohio St. 3d 336 (2014)
    • Ohio Partners for Affordable Energy v. Public Util. Comm’n, 115 Ohio St. 3d 2008 (2007)
    • State ex rel. Illuminating Co. v. Court of Common Pleas, 97 Ohio St. 3d 69 (2002)
    • State ex rel. Illuminating Co. v. Court of Common Pleas, 88 Ohio St. 3d 447 (2000)
    • Adams County Property Owners v. Ill. Comm. Comm’n, 36 N.E.2d 1019 (Ill. Ct. App. 2015)
    • Commonwealth Edison Co. v. Ill. Comm. Comm’n, 8 N.E.3d 513 (Ill. Ct. App. 2014)
    • Saks v. E. Ohio Gas Co., 971 N.E.2d 498 (Ohio Ct. App.2012)
    • Ameren Ill. Co. v. Ill. Commerce Comm’n, 967 N.E.2d 298 (Ill. Ct. App. 2012)
    • U.S. v. Dillard, 78 Fed. Appx. 505 (6th Cir. 2003), cert. denied, 124 S. Ct. 1892 (2004)
    • United States v. Kaminski, 501 F.3d 655 (6th Cir. 2007)
    • Vitolo v. Mentor H/S, Inc., 426 F.Supp. 2d 28 (E.D.N.Y. 2006)
    • Hinson v. Mentor Corp., 207 F.Supp. 2d 531 (M. D. La. 2002)
    • Belden, Inc. v. American Electronic Components, 885 N.E.2d 751 (Ind. App. 2008)
    • Wade v. White, 2005 WL 78759 (6th Cir. 2005)
    • McGee v. East Ohio Gas Co., 2002 WL 484480 (S.D. Ohio 2002)
    • Gray v. Experian Information Solutions, Inc., 2001 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5446 (D. Ariz. 2001)
    • Ippolito v. FirstEnergy Corp., 2004 WL 2495665 (Ohio Ct. App. 2004)
    • Atlantic Richfield Co. v. Alcan Aluminum Holdings, 12 F. Supp. 2d 460 (S.D.N.Y. 1998). 
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Energy Law and Energy Regulatory Law
  • Recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers in the field of Public Utility Law
  • Listed in Who’s Who in Energy, Crain’s Business Journal
  • Designated Advocate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • University of Akron, J.D., cum laude (1997)
  • University of Akron, B.S, cum laude (1993)
  • Ohio
  • Illinois
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, ND Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, SD Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, ED Michigan
Albert D. Sturtevant

Albert D. Sturtevant

Partner


Phone: 312.251.3017

sturtevant@whitt-sturtevant.com

Bert is a founding Partner of Whitt Sturtevant LLP. His practice focuses on energy law and public utility regulation: Bert represents natural gas, electric, and water utility clients in state regulatory, appellate and related proceedings, and provides counseling on a wide range of energy and utility-related matters.

Bert has significant experience in water and energy rate proceedings, including over 25 Illinois electric, gas and water ratemaking proceedings and related appeals since 2006.

Bert has also represented electric, gas and water utilities in transmission line and facility siting approval proceedings; related condemnation authority proceedings; merger, reorganization and acquisition approvals; complaint cases and regulatory audits and investigations; legislative initiatives; tax matters; and implementation of alternative rate mechanisms. He also has experience in related appellate court proceedings, including judicial review of regulatory agency decisions.

Prior to joining the Firm, Bert was an attorney in Jones Day’s energy regulatory practice for eight years and then a partner in the regulatory practice at a litigation boutique. Before law school, Bert spent several years in the environmental services field in China, including work as a consultant for the British firm of Atkins China in Hong Kong. He is a graduate of Stanford University (B.A., 1994), New York University (J.D., 2002) and is admitted to practice in Illinois and the U.S. District Court, N.D. Illinois.

  • Over 17 years of experience representing public utilities before state regulatory commissions and courts.
  • Represented utilities in numerous water and energy rate proceedings, includingfifteen electric, gas and water general rate cases since 2006, over a dozen ratemaking and related proceedings under Illinois’ 2012 electric formula rate law, and related appeals.
  • Implemented alternative rate regulation mechanisms, including performance-based rates, decoupling, and infrastructure and other cost recovery riders.
  • Secured approval to construct and operate over 550 miles of high voltage electric transmission lines in Illinois, including the $1.2 billion Illinois Rivers transmission project.
  • Represented electric, gas and water utilities in facility siting approval proceedings, subsequent appeals, and related condemnation authority proceedings.
  • Represented water utilities in the implementation of fair market value legislation for system acquisitions.
  • Represented Illinois utilities in Commission ordered audits and investigations of utility service and affiliate relationships.
  • Provided counseling to electric, gas and water utilities on topics ranging from regulatory compliance to industry trends to the development of new legislation.
  • New York University, J.D (2002)
  • Stanford University, B.A. (1994)
  • Illinois
  • U.S District Court, N.D. Illinois
Anne M. Zehr

Anne M. Zehr

Partner


Phone: 312.251.3018

zehr@whitt-sturtevant.com

For nearly a decade, Anne has represented investor-owned gas, electric, and water/sewer utilities before the Illinois Commerce Commission and Appellate Courts, securing for her clients regulatory and judicial approvals in, to date, seventeen rate cases and numerous infrastructure construction, eminent domain, rider, financing, management audit, and rulemaking proceedings. Before joining Whitt Sturtevant, Anne litigated consumer finance and product liability claims on behalf of Fortune 500 companies.

Anne passionately promotes women’s initiatives in the energy industry. She currently serves as Director of Community Initiatives on the Chicago Women’s Energy Network Board of Directors, where she encourages industry professionals to energize their community through volunteerism. She previously served as WEN Chicago’s Chair of External Mentoring. Anne has also actively supported the annual Chicago Women’s Energy Summit. She served on the summit’s inaugural 2014 and 2015 Planning Committees and, most recently, moderated the Got Leadership? Leading, Learning and Utilizing Your Network panel at the 2017 summit’s Rising Star Forum.

Anne is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Ohio. She earned her Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts  from Miami University (Oxford). She is a National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Utility Rate School graduate, a National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s Trial Skills Chicago Program graduate, and former Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Energy, Telecommunications and Water Committee.

Anne is unduly competitive at ping pong and pub games.

 

  • Ten years’ experience representing investor-owned public utilities in myriad proceedings before state regulatory commissions and courts, including in over fifteen rate cases.
  • Represented Illinois-American Water Company and Aqua Illinois, Inc., jointly, in Illinois rulemaking regarding the regulatory accounting alternatives for cloud-based computing solutions.
  • Assisted Illinois-American Water Company and Aqua Illinois, Inc. in securing regulatory approvals related to water and sewer systems acquisitions under Illinois’ fair market value legislation.
  • Litigated approval, for utility clients, of numerous alternative rate regulation mechanisms, including performance-based electric formula rates, decoupling riders, and aging infrastructure investment cost recovery riders.
  • Secured regulatory authorization for Ameren Illinois Company and Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois to construct and operate over 550 miles of high voltage electric transmission lines in Illinois, including the $1.2 billion ATXI Illinois Rivers transmission project.
  • Represented Ameren Illinois in approval, implementation, annual rate filing updates, and related appeals of 2012-2018 performance-based electric formula rate.
  • Represented electric, gas, and water utilities in other facility infrastructure siting approvals and related condemnation proceedings.
  • Represented electric, gas, and water utilities in Commission-ordered management audits and affiliate approvals.
  • Panelist, Infrastructure Upgrades, Consumer Benefits and Capacity Payments: Amended Illinois Water Systems Viability Act, Institute for Regulatory Policy Studies annual conference (October 2018)
  • Panelist, Regulatory Ratemaking, Chicago Women’s Energy Network professional development evening (October 2018)
  • Moderator, Got Leadership? Leading, Learning and Utilizing Your Network, Chicago Women’s Energy Summit Rising Star Forum (September 2017)
  • Panelist, emPowering Girls,Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago/Women’s Energy Summit badge event (February 2017)
  • The Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, J.D. (2005)
    • National Moot Court Team
    • Articles Editor, Ohio State Law Journal
  • Miami University, B.A., cum laude (2002)
    • University Honors Program
    • Honors Thesis, Psychology
  • Illinois
  • Ohio
Christopher T. Kennedy

Christopher T. Kennedy

Partner


Phone: 614.224.3912

kennedy@whitt-sturtevant.com

Christopher Kennedy is a partner in the Columbus, Ohio office of Whitt Sturtevant LLP. Mr. Kennedy is a litigator experienced in representing corporate clients in energy-related matters. Mr. Kennedy has acted as regulatory counsel for Fortune 500 companies in government proceedings and investigations, both at the federal and state level. Mr. Kennedy also has acted as trial counsel for U.S. corporations needing to litigate business disputes in venues ranging from local courts to international arbitration tribunals. Prior to practicing in Columbus, Mr. Kennedy earned his stripes as a litigation and regulatory associate in the Washington. D.C. office of Jones Day. It was at Jones Day where Mr. Kennedy received the training and mentoring that provide the foundation for his approach to zealously representing his clients to this day.

Mr. Kennedy’s regulatory practice focuses on advising and defending electric, gas and water utilities on applications, petitions and other filings before state public utility agencies.  In that role, Mr. Kennedy appears before the Ohio Public Utilities Commission (PUCO) and the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) in administrative proceedings to set rates and approve tariffs.  That experience includes the preparation and litigation, from start to finish, of more than a dozen different rate cases in the past eight years on behalf of regulated utilities. That experience includes both traditional historical and future test year cases (gas) and performance-based formula rate cases (electric). Mr. Kennedy also has handled gas and electric rate design proceedings, the approval of electric smart grid applications and other petitions for administrative action on behalf of public utilities in Ohio and Illinois. Prior to joining Whitt Sturtevant LLP at its inception, Mr. Kennedy worked for the litigation boutique, Carpenter Lipps & Leland LLP, also principally as an energy litigator, working on behalf of regulated utilities.

Mr. Kennedy began his legal career in the Columbus, Ohio office of Jones Day, defending corporate clients in local, statewide and federal matters. Mr. Kennedy went on to work in Washington, D.C., as regulatory and trial counsel, both with Jones Day and with Hollingsworth LLP. While in Washington, Mr. Kennedy advocated for his clients in an array of complex commercial cases and government proceedings, including antitrust and securities investigations, toxic tort, environmental, and pharmaceutical litigation, oil and gas lawsuits, contract disputes, property damage and personal injury cases, and claims against federal agencies. Mr. Kennedy also worked as a litigation associate with the law firm of Hinman Straub P.C., in Albany, New York, representing health care providers, insurers and managed care companies in New York state and federal courts, as well as bringing legal challenges to the administrative acts of New York State agencies. During his time at Hinman Straub, Mr. Kennedy gained admission to practice law in New York, where he currently maintains an active status.

Mr. Kennedy received his Juris Doctor degree from Duke University School of Law where he was Managing Editor of Law and Contemporary Problems, the oldest legal journal published at Duke University.  He is a graduate of both the Trial Academy of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and the Utility Rate School of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

  • Approval of electric and gas Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) investment programs.
  • Approval of performance-based electric formula rates in Illinois.
  • Approval of performance-based metrics in Illinois.
  • Supervision of annual electric rate cases in Illinois to update electric formula rates.
  • Supervision of future test year rate cases for electric and gas delivery rates.
  • Supervision of historical test year rate cases for electric and gas delivery rates.
  • Supervision of electric and gas rate design proceedings.
  • Handling of regulatory and internal investigations in the areas of public utility, antitrust, securities, health and insurance law.
  • Handling of environmental remediation litigation.
Duke University School of Law, J.D. (2002)

  • Managing Editor of Law and Contemporary Problems

The Ohio State University (M.A., 1999)

College of the Holy Cross (B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1997)

  • Ohio
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
Mark W. DeMonte

Mark W. DeMonte

Partner


Phone: 312.270.2349

demonte@whitt-sturtevant.com

Mark DeMonte has nearly 15 years of experience resolving complex and difficult disputes through creative problem solving, whether inside or outside of the courtroom. His work covers a variety of forums, from prelitigation settlement, litigation in state and federal courts, regulatory proceedings before state administrative agencies, and in arbitration and mediation. He focuses on the early assessment of potential claims, defenses, and settlement, while efficiently handling discovery (including managing the costs of e-discovery), pretrial motion practice, trial, post-trial, and appeals, when necessary. 

Mark provides counseling to energy and water companies on assessing and addressing legal risk without disrupting the business goals, as well as legislative matters involving the future of energy and water regulation. He regularly practices before the Illinois Commerce Commission in a wide range of regulatory proceedings involving energy efficiency and demand response, smart grid, energy and capacity procurement, formula ratemaking, traditional rate cases, rulemaking proceedings, and approval of nearly a billion dollars of total cost recovery for clients.  

In his litigation practice, Mark has represented plaintiffs and defendants in litigation matters involving class actions, claims for breach of contract, insurance, tortious interference, trade secret misappropriation, fraud, administrative claims, state and federal False Claims Acts, and founded upon the Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. He also has led or been part of teams that handled internal investigations conducted for clients to assess compliance with various state and federal laws and represents clients under investigation by state and federal agencies and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.

  • The Ohio State University, J.D. (2004)
  • Illinois Wesleyan University, B.A. (2000)
  • Illinois; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • Northern District of Indiana; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Shannon K. Rust

Shannon K. Rust

Senior Counsel


Phone: 614.224.3796

rust@whitt-sturtevant.com

Shannon has practiced corporate and securities law for over seven years, most recently as in-house counsel with a Fortune 500 manufacturing firm. She began her career with the international law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP in its Newport Beach, California office. Shannon is admitted to practice in Illinois, Pennsylvania, California, and Ohio.

Shannon earned her undergraduate degree in business and economics from Lehigh University. She is a 1998 graduate of the University of Southern California law school, where she served as Notes Editor of the Southern California Law Review and earned Order of the Coif honors. Shannon was Series 7 and Series 63 registered during her prior career in the finance industry with Merrill Lynch.

Shannon is a graduate of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Utility Rate School.

Graduate of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Utility Rate School.
  • University of Southern California School of Law, J.D. (1998)
  • Lehigh University, B.S. (1990)
  • Illinois
  • Pennsylvania
  • California
  • Ohio
Christopher W. Flynn

Christopher W. Flynn

Of Counsel


Phone: 312.251.3016

flynn@whitt-sturtevant.com

Anne represents natural gas, electric, and water/sewer industry clients in all manner of proceedings before state regulatory agencies and courts. Prior to joining Whitt Sturtevant LLP, Anne worked in the energy regulatory practice at a litigation boutique, where her practice also focused on product liability defense for large consumer product manufacturers and litigating consumer finance matters on behalf of major financial institutions. She has considerable appellate experience.

Anne earned her law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (J.D., 2005), where she was a member of the law school’s National Moot Court Team and served as an Articles Editor on the Ohio State Law Journal. While in law school, Anne also received runner-up awards for Best Appellate Brief and Best Overall in the school’s annual Herman Moot Court Competition. Anne graduated cum laude with majors in Political Science and Psychology from Miami University (Ohio), and with University Honors for her thesis work in the field of psychology.

Anne is the Director of Community Initiatives on the Women’s Energy Network, Chicago Chapter, Board of Directors. She previously served as Chair of External Mentoring. In 2014, she served on the Planning Committee for the inaugural Chicago Women’s Energy Summit. She has since actively supported the annual Summit, most recently moderating the Got Leadership? Leading, Learning and Utilizing Your Network panel at the 2017 Summit’s Rising Star Forum. Anne chaired the Chicago Bar Association’s Energy, Telecommunications and Water Committee from 2014-2015, and, before that, and served as the Committee’s Legislative Liaison. She is a graduate of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Utility Rate School and of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s Trial Skills Chicago Program.

  • Ten years of experience representing public utilities before state regulatory commissions and courts.
  • Represented utilities in numerous water and energy rate proceedings, including ten electric, water and gas rate cases in Illinois in the last five years, and related appeals.
  • Implemented alternative rate regulation mechanisms, including Illinois performance based electric formula rate law, decoupling, and infrastructure and other cost recovery riders.
  • Secured approval to construct and operate over 550 miles of high voltage electric transmission lines in Illinois, including the $1.2 billion Illinois Rivers transmission project.
  • Represented Ameren Illinois in approval, implementation, annual rate filing updates, and related appeals of 2012 performance-based electric formula rate mechanism in Illinois.
  • Represented electric, gas and water utilities in facility siting approval proceedings, subsequent appeals, and related condemnation authority proceedings.
  • Represented Illinois utilities in Commission ordered audits and investigations of utility service and affiliate relationships.
  • The Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, J.D. (2005)
    • National Moot Court Team
    • Articles Editor, Ohio State Law Journal
  • Miami University, B.A., cum laude (2002)
  • Illinois
  • Ohio
Gregory L. Williams

Gregory L. Williams

Of Counsel


Phone: 614.405.8715

williams@whitt-sturtevant.com

Greg advises businesses on federal, state and local government procurement and business development programs. Greg began his legal career as an associate at Whitt Sturtevant LLP. He left the firm in 2014 to serve as Deputy Director of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS), and was appointed as the State of Ohio’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Coordinator. Greg rejoined the firm as Of Counsel in 2018.

During his service with the State of Ohio, Greg oversaw several small business development and procurement preference programs, including the State of Ohio’s Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) program. During his administration of the MBE program, the state achieved its procurement goals for the first time since the program began in 1980, making Greg the first State EEO Coordinator in Ohio’s history with this accomplishment. Greg went on to lead the state to achieve the program’s goals for the next two consecutive fiscal years, which represented over $830 million in contracts and thousands of jobs created for minority-owned businesses.

Greg also oversaw the successful administration of the state’s Encouraging Diversity, Growth, and Equity (EDGE) Business Development program, through which over $981 million in state contracts and subcontracts were placed with historically underutilized businesses. He also implemented the state’s first preference program for Veteran-friendly Business Enterprises (VBE).

During law school, Greg completed clerkships with the Ohio governor’s office and the Ohio House of Representative. He has also served on the Franklin County Republican Party’s Executive Committee. Greg earned his J.D. from The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law and his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Akron.

  • The Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, J.D. (2010)
    • Judge Joseph M. Harter Memorial Award for Trial Practice
    • OSU Moritz College of Law Lawrence Negotiation Champion
    • CALI Awards as the highest scoring law student in Trial Practice; Law, History, & Philosophy; and Legislation Clinic
  • The University of Akron, B.A. (2005)
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, N.D., Ohio
Member of the Board of Directors, Central Ohio African-American Chamber of Commerce.
Rebekah J. Glover

Rebekah J. Glover

Of Counsel


Phone: 614.224.3946

glover@whitt-sturtevant.com

Rebekah joined the Columbus office of Whitt Sturtevant LLP in 2015. Prior to this, she worked at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio as legal aide to Commissioner Asim Z. Haque. During her time at the Commission, Rebekah worked on a broad range of issues, including EPA carbon emissions standards, renewable energy and energy efficiency portfolio standards, and gas/electric coordination concerns.

Before her tenure with the Commission, Rebekah clerked with the Education Section of the Ohio Attorney General. There she worked as a contract attorney and project manager, leading teams in discovery on federal investigations and contract disputes. She also co-authored chapters on securities legislation, conflict minerals and resource extraction in “Emerging Trends in Securities Law: 2013-2014 Edition.”

Rebekah earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Anderson University and law degree from Georgetown University. She is the author of “Weighing Market Driven-Competition Against Government Regulation in Online Entertainment Media,” published in the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy, where she held the role of Executive Editor. Rebekah was also a member of the Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic.

Rebekah was admitted to practice in Ohio and Virginia in 2012.

  • Legal aide to Commissioner Asim Z. Haque at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
  • Completed the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Regulatory Studies Program
  • Executive Editor, Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy
  • Author of “Weighing Market Driven-Competition Against Government Regulation in Online Entertainment Media,” published in the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy
  • Co-authored chapters on securities legislation, conflict minerals and resource extraction in “Emerging Trends in Securities Law: 2013-2014 Edition”
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. (2011)

  • Executive Editor, Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy

Anderson University, B.A. (2005)

  • Ohio
  • Virginia
Nikhil Vijaykar

Nikhil Vijaykar

Associate


Phone: 312.251.3098

vijaykar@whitt-sturtevant.com

Nikhil’s practice focuses on energy and utility law, including litigation and counseling on behalf of natural gas, electric, and water utility clients in state regulatory and related proceedings. Nikhil joined the Chicago office of Whitt Sturtevant LLP in 2017. Prior to this, Nikhil was a Senior Policy Associate with the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, where he analyzed energy efficiency policies and worked to advance ratepayer-funded demand-side management programs across the Midwest. Before his tenure with the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Nikhil worked in the energy and environmental regulatory practice at the law firm Paul Hastings LLP in San Francisco, where he represented Fortune 500 and large publicly traded clients in litigation matters, handled enforcement matters arising under state and federal environmental law, and advised clients with respect to compliance issues and environmental law. Nikhil has experience working on federal and state emission standards, environmental review and permitting, and utility demand-side management requirements.

Nikhil earned his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (J.D. 2013). Nikhil also received a master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley Energy and Resources Group (M.S. 2013). Nikhil focused his studies at U.C. Berkeley on the development of water delivery and electric infrastructure in rural settings. Nikhil graduated cum laude from the University of California at Los Angeles with a degree in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology (B.S. 2008).

Nikhil is admitted to the California and Illinois Bar. He serves as a member on the Board of the Energy Bar Association’s Midwest Chapter, as well as the Energy and Resources Group Alumni Network. Nikhil is also a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Women’s Energy Network.

  • University of California at Berkeley School of Law, J.D. (2013)
  • University of California at Berkeley Energy and Resources Group, M.S. (2013)
  • University of California at Los Angeles, B.S., cum laude(2008)
  • California
  • Illinois (2017)