Modern utilities – reliable electric service, affordable natural gas, mobile communications, clean drinking water – are often taken for granted, but they are essential components of our nation's economy and our quality of life. Since the days of Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and Alexander Graham Bell, utility systems have changed greatly, driven in large part by technological advances that continue to evolve at an increasingly accelerated pace. Regulations, financing tools, and market forces struggle to keep up with this pace of change. In this environment, having a breadth and depth of knowledge in the industry is essential to keep abreast of the law and to assist our clients as they strive to achieve their objectives.
Smith Moore Leatherwood's multi-disciplinary team of attorneys combine transactional, litigation, and regulatory legal experience with an understanding of the dynamic environment in which our clients in the energy and utilities arenas conduct business. We provide a wide array of services such as financing, commercial and real estate transactions, regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, land use permitting, new facility development approvals, technology patents and licensing, tax, labor and employment counseling, entity structuring, and others listed under the “Related Services” Tab above.
We strive to help our clients navigate the increasingly complex and changing landscape of their operations and to manage their relationships with stakeholders and decision makers. Our attorneys who represent clients in these areas regularly attend national conferences and are frequently asked to speak at continuing education programs. They also interact on a recurring basis with the key local and state regulatory officials and agencies that enact and apply the rules and regulations pertaining to these public services. As a result, our attorneys have excellent relationships with stakeholders and other professionals in these industries. We enjoy working collaboratively and partnering with our clients to help develop strategies, avoid pitfalls, and creatively solve problems.