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Jo Ann Biggs

Jo Ann Biggs Partner, Energy Regulation

Jo Ann’s practice focuses on representation of energy clients, including counseling and representation of clients in connection with the regulation of electric utilities, federal and state enforcement of electric reliability standards, the implementation of Smart Grid initiatives, and regulatory implications of transactional and corporate matters. Her practice also includes trial of complex energy-related issues in administrative and civil forums.

Experience Highlights

  • Represents clients in evaluation of potential issues related to compliance with North American Electric Reliability Corporation (“NERC”) Reliability Standards and state regulations
  • Served as lead attorney for a utility in gaining regulatory approval of a large advanced meter deployment and related surcharge
  • Represented client in a system-wide cost of service base rate case
  • Represented clients in contract negotiations related to advanced meters and related communication networks

Representative Experience

  • Counsels clients in evaluating possible violations of NERC's Reliability Standards and state regulations
  • Represented a client in negotiating settlements of possible violations of NERC Reliability Standards
  • Represented clients in contract negotiations related to advanced meters and related communication networks
  • Represented a client in multiple rulemakings at the Public Utility Commission of Texas related to the deployment of advanced meters and in the related state court appeal
  • Served as lead attorney in two administrative proceedings in which the costs of advanced meter deployment were reconciled
  • Served as lead attorney for a utility in gaining regulatory approval of a large advanced meter deployment and related surcharge
  • Represented clients in preparing applications for loan guarantees from the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Energy Policy Act of 2005
  • Represented private equity purchasers regarding regulatory issues in a $45 billion acquisition of major Texas energy company
  • Served as lead attorney for the largest electric utility in Texas in achieving an unprecedented regulatory settlement that resolved all major issues related to the company’s transition to retail electric competition and authorized securitization of $1.3 billion of regulatory assets. Also served as lead attorney in hearings before the Public Utility Commission of Texas to obtain regulatory approval of that settlement and in appeals of that approval
  • Served as lead attorney for the largest electric utility in Texas before Public Utility Commission in litigation of multi-phased proceeding to unbundle the company pursuant to Texas electric industry restructuring legislation, and to set transmission and distribution rates
  • Served as lead attorney for clients in numerous administrative proceedings and rulemakings relating to the implementation of Texas electric industry restructuring legislation, including proceedings to evaluate business separation plans and develop rules for the unbundling of vertically integrated utilities and stranded cost recovery
  • Participated extensively in the preparation of legislation governing a restructuring of the Texas electric industry to require transmission open access and authorize competition in the generation and retail sale of electricity
  • Represented a governmental agency in connection with licensing a geologic nuclear waste repository

Contact Details

Dallas

T +1.214.220.7735
F +1.214.999.7735
jbiggs@velaw.com
Trammell Crow Center
2001 Ross Avenue
Suite 3700
Dallas, TX 75201-2975
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Jo Ann's Practices

  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 1983 (Managing Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review)
  • Hendrix College, B.A., English, 1980 (Alpha Chi)
  • Admitted to practice: Texas
  • Chambers USA, Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation (Electricity) (Texas), 2015−2017
  • D Magazine, “Best Lawyers in Dallas,” Litigation, 2012
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), Public Utility Law, 2005 and 2006; Energy Law, 2007−2017 ("Lawyer of the Year," 2016)
  • Legal Media Group's (Euromoney's) Expert Guide to the World's Leading Energy and Natural Resource Lawyers, 2016
  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2006−2008
  • Member: American Bar Association; Governing Council, Public Utility Law Section, State Bar of Texas, 2002–2004; Dallas Bar Association
  • Hendrix College: Board of Trustees, 1998–present; Executive Committee, 2007–present; Chairman, Academic Affairs and Enrollment Committee, 2007–present; Presidential Search Committee, 2013
  • Board of Directors: St. Philip’s School & Community Center Board, 2005–2009
  • National Alumni Board Member: Vanderbilt University School of Law, 1999–2002
  • East Dallas Cooperative Parish: Governing Board Member, 1993–1997; President, 1995–1996