Norman C. Bay

Partner

Washington
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
1875 K Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006-1238
T 202 303 1155
F 202 303 2155
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Norman C. Bay is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department and Head of the Energy Regulatory and Enforcement Group in Washington. Norman advises clients on a range of energy market regulation issues, including those relating to policy, rates, terms, and conditions of service, and mergers and acquisitions. He also focuses on enforcement and compliance and infrastructure development in the energy sector.

As a past Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Norman has significant experience with all aspects of FERC’s jurisdiction over the U.S. wholesale natural gas and electricity markets, as well as natural gas and oil pipelines. As a former Director of Enforcement at FERC, he has a deep understanding of FERC’s enforcement jurisdiction and priorities, as well as the new anti-manipulation rules of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Norman’s white collar defense practice includes handling parallel investigations involving FERC or CFTC and DOJ.

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Norman C. Bay is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department and Head of the Energy Regulatory and Enforcement Group in Washington. Norman advises clients on a range of energy market regulation issues, including those relating to policy, rates, terms, and conditions of service, and mergers and acquisitions. He also focuses on enforcement and compliance and infrastructure development in the energy sector.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining Willkie in 2017, Norman served as Chairman, Commissioner and Director of the Office of Enforcement of FERC, during the most active period in the history of the independent federal agency’s enforcement program. He was integral in shaping FERC’s policy and conducting stakeholder outreach on a wide variety of issues relating to the wholesale electricity and natural gas markets. Norman previously served as the United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, where he was responsible for overseeing federal criminal prosecutions and civil litigation involving the United States, and developing and implementing enforcement policy, priorities and practices. His background is unique in combining a deep knowledge of energy markets, regulation, and policy with extensive litigation experience as a former federal prosecutor and U.S. Attorney.

Norman was a tenured Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico School of Law. He also previously served as attorney-advisor for the U.S. Department of State, Office of Legal Adviser (International Claims and Investment Disputes) and was a law clerk to the Honorable Otto. R. Skopil, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Selected Professional and Business Activities

Norman is a member of the Energy Bar Association and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. He is also a member of the NCAA’s Division I Committee on Infractions.

Selected Publications and Lectures

  • Keynote Speaker, European Union’s Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators, Sixth Annual Conference. Brdo, Slovenia (June 29, 2017).
  • “Energy Policy and Regulatory Landscape,” Stanford University. Palo Alto, CA (June 8, 2017).
  • “FERC Webinar,” Advanced Energy Economy. Washington, DC (May 3, 2017).
  • “Policy and Regulatory Landscape: 10 Things to Consider,” Clean Energy Roundtable. Chicago, IL (April 11, 2017).
  • Keynote Speaker, Third Annual Energy Storage Policy Forum. Washington, DC (Feb. 15, 2017).
  • Signing Ceremony for Agreement between the United States and Mexico on Electric Reliability, with Department of Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz, FERC, and Mexican Energy Regulators (SENER, CRE, and CENACE). Mexico City, Mexico (Jan. 7, 2017).
  • “Guest Speaker – FERC Chairman, Norman Bay,” a conversation with OMS President Sally Talberg, Organization of MISO States 2016 Annual Meeting. Lexington, KY (Oct. 13, 2016).
  • “Energy Overview,” panel on “Environment, Energy and Resources: What the Next President Needs to Know,” with Gov. John Hickenlooper, ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources 24th Annual Fall Conference. Denver, CO (Oct. 6, 2016).
  • “Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Overview,” Asian Pacific Energy Regulators Forum. Seoul, Korea (Sept. 28, 2016).
  • “Keynote Conversation,” with California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Picker and CAISO President and CEO Steve Berberich. CAISO Stakeholder Symposium Agenda. Sacramento, CA (Sept. 8, 2016).
  • “New England Energy Markets,” 40th Annual Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (private briefing for Governors and Premiers). Boston, MA (Aug. 29, 2016).
  • “U.S. Perspective,” panel on “Ageing Low-Carbon Capacity: Regulatory and Market Challenges,” International Energy Agency, Electricity Security Advisory Panel, Third High-Level Plenary Meeting. Paris, France (June 23, 2016).
  • “The U.S. Experience: Market Oversight and Enforcement,” International Association for Energy Economics, 2016 Bergen, Norway International Conference. Bergen, Norway (June 22, 2016).

Recognition, Honors & Awards

In 2013, a leading trade publication named Norman one of the ten most influential people in energy (“leaders with can-do attitudes”).

Recognition, Honors & Awards

In 2013, a leading trade publication named Norman one of the ten most influential people in energy (“leaders with can-do attitudes”).

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