Norman C. Bay is a partner in the Corporate and Financial Services Department, Co-Chair of the Energy and Commodities Group, and Head of the Energy Regulatory and Enforcement Group in Washington. Norman advises clients on a range of energy market issues, including enforcement and compliance, policy and ratemaking, mergers and acquisitions, and infrastructure development.
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.
Norman is a non-resident Senior Fellow with Duke University and a member of the NYU Institute for Policy Integrity Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Irving Institute for Energy and Society at Dartmouth College.
In 2013, a leading trade publication named Norman one of the ten most influential people in energy (“leaders with can-do attitudes”).