Jerry L. Pfeffer

Energy Industries Advisor, Energy Regulation and Litigation


Jerry L. Pfeffer joined Skadden, Arps in 1988 as an energy industries advisor. He previously served as assistant administrator for utility systems in the U.S. Department of Energy and as a principal of the economic consulting firm of Pfeffer, Lindsay & Associates, Inc. Mr. Pfeffer has more than 25 years of experience in energy-related matters, with a particular focus on economic and regulatory issues affecting the electric power industry.

At Skadden, Arps, Mr. Pfeffer advises clients on a wide range of energy-related transactions and regulatory issues. He has assisted in the regulatory aspects of merger, acquisition and restructuring transactions at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) in both the electric and natural gas industries, with a particular focus on competitive issues related to industry consolidation. In this regard, he has advised participants in a number of utility and pipeline mergers including Entergy/Koch, El Paso/Coastal, and Pacific Enterprises/Enova in relation to FERC, DOJ and state review of the competitive issues in these transactions. He also has worked on many of the principal market rate authority and transmission cases at FERC which have resulted in the establishment of new policies related to wholesale market restructuring and regional transmission organizations (RTOs).

In addition to his work on the competitive aspects of industry restructuring and consolidation, he also advises clients on a wide range of utility rate and regulatory policy matters and assists in the negotiation of power sales and transmission service arrangements for utilities, independent power suppliers, power marketers and industrial customers.

Mr. Pfeffer has testified before federal and state regulatory agencies and committees of congress and is a frequent lecturer and author on economic and policy issues affecting the electric and natural gas industries. He holds degrees in civil engineering and managerial economics from Cornell University.



  • Completed academic requirements, except dissertation, for doctorate in Regional Planning and Managerial Economics, Cornell University
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Cornell University, 1967


  • Assistant Administrator for Utility Systems, Economic Regulatory Administration, U.S. Department of Energy (1978-1980)
  • Executive Assistant to the Chairman, United States Synthetic Fuels Corporation (1980-1981)
  • Principal, Pfeffer, Lindsay & Associates, Inc. (1983-1988); NPS Energy Management, Inc. (1981-1983)

Jerry L. Pfeffer

Energy Industries Advisor, Energy Regulation and Litigation