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Margaret E. McNaul

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Meg is a partner in Thompson Coburn’s Utilities Law Practice Group. She practices primarily before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and in the appellate courts.  Meg is actively engaged in helping municipally-owned utilities achieve and maintain compliance with federally-mandated electric reliability standards. Her activities in this area include developing specialized training programs related to the standards, performing compliance reviews and assisting with audit preparation, and drafting internal policies, procedures and guidelines.  Meg also provides guidance to clients involved in enforcement proceedings relating to reliability standards compliance. 

Meg continues to be active in policy development matters arising from the California Independent System Operator Corporation’s wholesale market rules.  She has represented a number of municipal transmission customers and market participants in complex FERC proceedings and stakeholder processes. She also represents clients in FERC settlement negotiations and adjudications involving the transmission rates of the three largest California investor-owned utilities, and has counseled the firm's municipally-owned utilities transitioning to transmission owner status within the California Independent System Operator.

In addition to her regulatory work, Meg works closely with a number of firm clients that are large power consumers.  She provides advice concerning transactions involving long-term power purchase arrangements and regularly assists clients with their review of power supply agreements.

American Bar Association
Public Utility, Communications, Transportation Law and Administrative and Regulatory Practice Sections
California Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar Association
Energy Bar Association
Listed in "Chambers USA" as an Up and Coming Lawyer (2013)
Included in "Washington D.C. Super Lawyers" Rising Stars list (2013)
"Mandatory Reliability Standards for Electric Utility Systems: What Are They, Where Did They Come From, and What Do They Require?" with Gary Newell and Ted Davis (September 2007)
Speaker, "Providing Resources for NERC Compliance: Guidelines for Management and Governing Authorities," American Public Power Association Annual Meeting (June 2012)
Speaker, "The Settlement Process from the Registered Entity's Perspective," and "Best Practices for Managing Compliance Evidence," Cleveland Public Power NERC Reliability Standards Compliance Seminar (March 2011)
Instructor, “Compliance with NERC Reliability Standards: Highlights and Hurdles,” American Public Power Association Engineering and Operations Technical Conference (April 2008)
Speaker, “A Platform for Compliance with Reliability Standards,” California Municipal Utilities Association (March 2007)
Margaret E. McNaul
Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
J.D. (2003)
American University
B.A (2000)
Thompson Coburn LLP
Partner (2012-present)
Associate (2003-2011)
Summer Associate (2001 & 2002)
California (2004)
District of Columbia (2005)
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Ninth Circuits
United States District Court for the Eastern District of California