William Barksdale represents electric power and natural gas market participants in investigations by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and by the U.S. Department of Justice, administrative litigation before FERC, and litigation before federal district and appellate courts.

Bio

Mr. Barksdale has represented clients in numerous FERC investigations and enforcement actions involving alleged violations of FERC’s anti-manipulation rule, FERC’s duty of candor and RTO/ISO tariffs. A significant portion of Mr. Barksdale’s practice also has included advising clients on capacity market rules in restructured energy markets. Mr. Barksdale has experience representing clients at all stages of complex commercial disputes.

Illustrative matters include representation of:

  • Barclays Bank PLC in an enforcement proceeding brought by FERC in the Eastern District of California alleging violations of FERC’s anti-manipulation rule; and a putative class action in the Southern District of New York alleging antitrust violations relating to the same alleged conduct;
  • a public utility in an investigation concerning allegations of market manipulation in connection with the attempted recovery of costs under a cost-based rate;
  • certain market participants in connection with matters related to defaults in the PJM financial transmission rights markets;
  • a CAISO trading firm in an investigation concerning allegations that it traded physical power to benefit related congestion revenue rights;
  • a developer and consultant in an investigation related to the construction of a power plant in ISO-NE;
  • a contractor in an investigation related to alleged violations of a natural gas pipeline certificate;
  • a CAISO market participant in an investigation related to resource adequacy requirements;
  • a natural gas marketer in an investigation of possible index manipulation;
  • an electric power producer in an investigation of its day-ahead offer behavior in PJM;
  • an electric power producer in an investigation of its operation and fuel procurement activities in ISO-NE;
  • an electric power marketer in an investigation of its transmission scheduling in and around Lake Erie;
  • an electric power producer in connection with an investigation elated to reactive power compensation;
  • an electric power producer in connection with the retirement of a large generation facility in New England; and
  • an electric power producer in connection with NYISO’s buyer-side mitigation rules.

Mr. Barksdale is actively engaged in pro bono matters. He has served as a court-appointed guardian ad litem, representing the best interests of minor children, and also has represented clients seeking asylum in the United States.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2008
  • B.A., University of Virginia, 2005

Admissions

  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

William R. Barksdale

Counsel, Energy Regulation and Litigation
william.barksdale@skadden.com