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Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds

Suite 500

1735 New York Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20006

(202) 662-8466

(202) 331-1024 (Fax)

(202) 669-4142 (Cell)


5824 Conway Road

Bethesda, Maryland 20817

(301) 897-8175

(301) 493-6107 (Fax)

Present Position:
Partner, Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds
Litigation, arbitration, and representation before federal and state courts and agencies, with particular emphasis on economic regulation, energy industry restructuring, antitrust, and competition and pricing issues in regulated and recently deregulated industries; mergers and other government investigations; restrictive trade practices and boycott issues before the Department of Commerce.

1981 - 1990:
Special Litigation Counsel, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Supervision and conduct of significant, sensitive or complex litigation or investigations before federal courts or agencies, involving the following industries: production, transportation or transmission, and distribution of energy, including oil, natural gas, electric power, nuclear power, and coal; oil field services and equipment; computer software; airlines and airports, ATM net­works; electronic mail; and postal.
1978 ‑ 1981:
Chief, Energy Section, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice
General supervision of 25‑35 attorneys plus support personnel in discharging the responsibilities of the section, including: antitrust investigations and cases, regulatory litigation before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Department of Energy, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, participation in formal and formal rulemaking, antitrust advice and antitrust compliance.
1977 ‑ 1978:
Assistant Chief, Energy Section, Antitrust Division, Department of Justice
Assisting in supervision of section, plus antitrust investigations, antitrust advice, and regulatory litigation before the Federal Energy and the Interstate Commerce Commission. Also served as lead attorney for the Department in the Trans Alaska Pipeline Rate Cases before the Supreme Court and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the International Oil Investigation
1977 :
Trial Attorney, Regulated Industries Section, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Antitrust civil investigations; regulatory litigation before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Interstate Commerce Commission; antitrust advice; legislative analysis; including serving as lead attorney for the Department in the International Oil Investigation.
1975 ‑ 1977:
Trial Attorney, Foreign Commerce Section, Antitrust Division, Department of Justice

Antitrust civil and criminal investigations and cases; legislative analysis, including serving as lead attorney in the Department's Arab Boycott investigation and cases.

1972 ‑ 1974:
Associate, Proskauer, Rose, Goetz & Mendelsohn, New York, N.Y.
Antitrust, securities, and commercial litigation; Antitrust counseling, including the various antitrust cases for the National Basketball Association.
1971 ‑ 1972:
Associate, Cahill, Gordon & Reindel, New York, N.Y.
Antitrust and securities litigation.
1970 ‑ 1971:
Law Clerk, Hon. John F. Dooling, Jr., United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
Drafting opinions, legal research, managing the Judge's calendar.

Harvard Law School; J.D., Cum Laude, 1970.
Honors and Activities: Legislation Editor, Harvard Journal on Legislation, Vol. No. 7; Community Legal Assistance Office; Committee on Legal Educa­tion.
Rutgers College, Rutgers University; A.B., Summa Cum Laude, 1967.
Honors and Activities: Highest Distinction in Political Science; Phi Beta Kappa; Henry Rutgers Scholar; Dean's List; Pi Sigma Alpha (Pol. Sci. Honor Soc.); Editor‑in‑Chief, Rutgers Daily Targum (campus newspaper).

United States Department of Justice Meritorious Award, 1978.
United States Department of Justice Special Achievement Award (various years).
United States Department of Transportation Superior Achievement Award for exemplary performance in representing the United States in the Heathrow User Charges Arbitration, 1993.


Postal Service Electronic Mail: Innovation or Predation?, 1 Telematics 16 (1984) (with Glenn B. Manishin).
Vertical Integration: Should the AT&T Doctrine Be Extended to Other Regulated Industries?--Application of the Theory to Oil Pipelines, 52 Antitrust L. J. 263 (1983).
Justice Department Review of Federal Coal and Oil Leasing: Serving the Consistent Goals of Competition and Energy Independence, 13 Natural Resources Law. 685 (1981).
A Federal Consumer Products Liability Act, 7 Harvard J. on Legis. 568 (1970) (with Richard C. Smith, Eric M. Lieberman and Michael R. Sonberg).

Memorandum to the Attorney General on the Closing of the International Oil Investigation (December 1983).
Report on Competition in the Coal Industry, Fiscal Year 1979 (Nov. 1980).
Report of the Department of Justice to the President Concerning the Gasoline Shortage of 1979 (July 1, 1980)
Antitrust Advice on the Outer Continental Shelf, Federal/State Beaufort Sea Oil and Gas Lease Sale No. BF (January 24, 1980)
Antitrust Advice on the License Application of the Texas Deepwater Port Authority (July 2, 1979)
Report on Competition in the Coal Industry, Fiscal Year 1978 (May 1979)

“Non-Telecom Utility Customer Information: What Can You Do With It?”, Utility-Telecommunications Conference (June 2001).
“Diminishing Importance of the Essential Facilities Doctrine in Energy & Telecommunications”, National Economic Research Associates, Inc., 20th Annual Antitrust & Trade Regulation Seminar (July 1999).
“Regulatory & Legislative Battles”, Retail Power Markets Conference (June 1997).
“Three Steps Toward A Competitive Electric Power Industry”, Electric Utility Business Environment Conference (March 1997).
“Antitrust: Does Our Market Model Have A Market Yet?”, Presentation Before the Second Annual National Conference on Buying and Selling Electricity in the West (December 1996).
“Is It Really Antitrust?”, Federal Energy Bar Association, Annual Meeting (May 1995).
"Facilities Access Under the Antitrust Statutes: A Promise Unfulfilled", Federal Energy Bar Association, Annual Mid-year Meeting (November 1993).
"Observations on Town of Concord: Will Concord bring 'concord' to the Price Squeeze Doctrine?", Annual Conference on Electricity Law and Regulation, American Bar Association (March, 1991).
"Competition and Regulation -- Compatible Bedfellows? The Challenge of Regulating A Competitive Energy Industry", American Bar Association (January, 1990).
"Energy Markets 1988: How Competitive Are We?", Federal Energy Bar Association, Annual Mid-Year Meeting (October, 1988).
"Federal Enforcement of the Antitrust Laws, Antitrust and the Gas Industry: Antitrust Compliance in an Era of Change", American Gas Association Seminar (December 1987).
"Competitive Issues Posed by Interstate Natural Gas Pipeline Marketing Affiliates: Views From an Antitrust Law Perspective", Section of Natural Resources Law, American Bar Association (June 1987).


New York

District of Columbia

United States Supreme Court

Various United States Courts of Appeals and District Courts
American Bar Association (Sections of Administrative, Antitrust, Natural Resources and Energy, and Public Utility Law)

Federal Energy Bar Association (Chairman, Antitrust Committee, 1993, 1995)

District of Columbia Bar Association

International Arbitration:
U.S./U.K. Arbitration Concerning Heathrow Airport User Charges, International Bureau of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague, The Netherlands. (Liability for excessive airport user charges under Bermuda 2 Commercial Aviation Treaty, Hague, Netherlands, 1990-1991).
U.S./U.K. Arbitration Concerning Heathrow Airport User Charges, International Bureau of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague, The Netherlands. (Remedies to compensate the United States for findings of excessive airport user charges under Bermuda 2 Commercial Aviation Treaty, Hague, Netherlands, 1992-1994).
Trans Alaska Pipeline Rate Cases, 436 U.S. 631 (1978), aff'ing, 355 ICC 80 (1977) .
Halverson v. Slater, 129 F.3d 180 (D.C. Cir. 1997).
United States v. Microsoft Corporation, 56 F.3d 1448 (D.C. Cir. 1995).

Environmental Action and Consumer Federation of America v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 996 F.2d 401 (D.C. Cir 1993).

Farmers Union Central Exchange, Inc., et al. v. FERC, 734 F.2d 1486 (D.C. Cir.), cert. denied, 469 U.S. 1034 (1984).
United States v. Bechtel Corporation, 1979-l Trade Cas. (CCH) ¶ 62,430 (N.D. Cal. 1979), aff'd., 648 F.2d 660 (9th Cir.), cert. denied, 454 U.S. 1083 (1981).
PP&L, Inc. v. Quain (E.D. Pa. Civil Action No. 98-5083).
United States v. Microsoft Corporation and Intuit Incorporated, (N.D. Cal. No. C 95-1395 WHO).
Clipper Cruise Line, Inc. v. United States, (D.D.C. Civil Action No. 94-1094 (LFO)).
Desert Media Group, Inc. v. Diversified Communications, Inc., (D. Nev., Civil Action No. CV-S-92-670-HDM-RJJ).
R.H. Stechmann, et al. v. U.S. Department of Energy., (S.D. Ala., Civil Action No. 92-0054-RV-M).
Mijot, Inc. v. Diversified Communications, Inc. (D. Ariz., Civil Action No. 90-1076 PHX WPC).
United States v. Baker Hughes, Inc., Norton Company & Eastman Christensen Company, (Civil Action No. 90‑0825 D.D.C. 1990) 1990‑2 Trade Cas. (CCH) ¶ 69,149.
United States v. Hughes Tool Co. and Baker International Corp., (D.D.C., Civil Action No. 87‑0932), 1987‑2 Trade Cas. (CCH) ¶ 67,698 (1987).
United States v. Atlantic Refining Company, et al., (D.D.C. Civil Action No. 14060) (Proceedings to Vacate Consent Decree).
United States v. N.V. Nederlandsche Combinatie Voor Chemische Industrie, et al., 68 Cr. 870 (DNE), 75 F.R.D. 473 (S.D.N.Y. 1977); 428 F. Supp. 114 (S.D.N.Y 1977)
United States v. National Board of Fur Farms Organizations, Inc., No. 74‑Cr‑211, 395 F. Supp. 56 (E.D. Wis. 1975).
Levin & Lipton v. National Basketball Association et al., 73 Civ. 561, 385 F. Supp. 149 (S.D.N.Y. 1974).

Selected Significant Regulatory Litigation:

Puget Sound Energy, Inc. v. All Jurisdictional Sellers of Energy and/or Capacity at Wholesale Into Electric Energy and/or Capacity Markets in the Pacific Northwest, FERC Docket No. El01-10, 96 FERC ¶ 63,044 (2001).

San Diego Gas & Electric Company v. Sellers of Energy and Ancillary Services Into Markets Operated By the California Independent System Operator, et al, FERC Docket No. EL00-95 et al. (Numerous FERC Opinions and Orders).

PJM Interconnection, L.L.C., et al., FERC Docket No. RT01-2, 96 FERC ¶ 61,061 (2001).

Atlantic City Electric Company, et al., (Joint Application For Authorization to Transfer Jurisdictional Facilities), FERC Docket No. EC00-105.

PP&L Resources, et al., 90 FERC ¶ 61,203 (Order Approving Proposed Disposition of Jursidictional Facilities and Accepting For Filing Related Rate Schedule Filings).

PP&L, Inc., FERC Docket No. EL98-25 et al. (PJM Zonal Rates).
Petition of UGI Utilties, Inc. – Electric Division Restructuring Plan, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Docket No. R‑00973975.
PECO Energy Company (Supplier Tariff),Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Docket No. R-00984298.
Petition of PP&L, Inc. Requesting Approval of Transmission Agency Agreements Necessary to Implement The Pennsylvania Retail Access Pilot Program, FERC Docket No. ER98-64, Allegheny Power Service Corp., et. al., 81 FERC ¶ 61,271 (1997).

Pennsylvania Power & Light Company, Order Conditionally Accepting For Filing Proposed Market-Based Rates, 80 FERC ¶ 61,053 (1997).

In the Matter of Pennsylvania Power & Light Company’s Restructuring Plan, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Docket No. P-00973954.
Petition of Pennsylvania Power & Light Company for Permission to Implement a Retail Access Pilot Program, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Docket No. P-00971183.
Application of PECO Energy Inc. for Issuance of a Qualified Rate Order, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Docket No. R-00973877.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, FERC Docket No. EL96-37-000 (Petition for Declaratory Order); Application of Modesto Irrigation District, FERC Docket No. EL96-45-000.
C3, Inc and Tisoft, Inc. v. Federal Computer Acquisition Center, GSBCA Docket No. 13201-P (Opinion denying protest, issued June 9, 1995).
The 341 Tract Unit of the Citronelle Field, FERC Docket Nos. RA83-07-000, RA92-01-000.
Phillips Petroleum Company & Marathon Oil Company, FERC Docket No. GP91‑13‑00‑0, 58 FERC ¶ 61,290 (1992).
Southern California Edison Company and San Diego Gas & Electric Company, FERC Docket No. EC89‑5‑000.
Wyoming-California Pipeline Company, FERC Docket Nos. CP87‑479‑001, et al., 44 FERC ¶ 61,001 (1988) (Declaratory Order on Non-Environmental Issues); 45 FERC ¶ 61,234 (1988) (Order Granting Rehearing In Part, Etc.).
Mojave Pipeline Company, et al., FERC Docket No. CP85‑437‑000, et al. (Phase I).
E-COM Rate and Classification Changes, 1983, Postal Rate Commission, Docket No. R83‑1, Opinion and Recommended Decision (February 24, 1984).
Trans Alaska Pipeline System (Phase I), FERC Docket No. OR78‑1, 10 FERC ¶ 63,026 (1980) (Initial Decision Phase I Issues).
Trans Alaska Pipeline System (Phase I), FERC Docket No. OR78‑1 (Remand Proceedings).
Williams Pipe Line Company, Opinion No. 154, FERC Docket No. OR79‑1, 21 FERC ¶ 61,260 (1982).
Williams Pipe Line Company, FERC Docket No. OR79‑1, 31 FERC ¶ 61,377 (1985) (Opinion No. 154-B), opinion on rehearing, 33 FERC ¶ 61,327 (1985), appeal dismissed sub. nom., Farmers Union Central Exchange v. FERC, Docket No. 85‑1396 (D. C. Cir., February 5, 1986).
The Texas Deepwater Port Authority, FERC Docket No. OR79-2, 6 FERC ¶ 61,211, 8 FERC ¶ 61,167 (1979).
No.2 (Home) Heating Oil, O.H.A. Case No. DEH-0058 (1978).

Significant Formal Agency Rulemakings:

Regional Transmission Organizations, FERC Docket No. RM99-2, Order No. 2000, 65 Fed. Reg. 809, order on reh’g, Order No. 2000-A, 65 Fed. Reg. 12,088 (2000).

Inquiry Concerning the Commission’s Merger Policy Under the Federal Power Act, FERC Docket No. RM96-6-000, 61 Fed. Reg. 4596 (February 7, 1996) (Notice of Inquiry).

Promoting Wholesale Competition Through Open Access Non-discriminatory Transmission Services by Public Utilities, FERC Docket No. RM95-8-000, Recovery of Stranded Costs by Public Utilities and Transmitting Utilities, FERC Docket No. RM94-7-001, Order No. 888, 75 FERC ¶ 61,080 (1996).

Brokering of Interstate Natural Gas Pipeline Capacity, FERC Docket No. RM88‑13‑000.
Anticompetitive Practices Related to Marketing Affiliates of Interstate Pipelines, Order No. 497, FERC Docket No. RM87‑5‑000, 53 Fed. Reg. 22,139 (June 1, 1988).
Abandonment of Sales and Purchases of Natural Gas Under Expired, Terminated, or Modified Contracts, Order No. 490, FERC Docket No. RM87‑16‑000, 53 Fed. Reg. 4,121 (Feb. 12, 1988)
Electric Utilities; Construction Work In Progress and Anticompetitive Implications, Order No. 474, FERC Docket No. RM86‑6‑000, 52 Fed. Reg. 23,948 (Jun. 26, 1987) .
Ceiling Prices; Old Gas Pricing Structure, Order No. 451, FERC Docket No. RM86‑3‑000, 51 Fed. Reg. 22,168 (Jun. 18, 1986).
Regulation of Natural Gas Pipelines After Partial Wellhead Decontrol, FERC Docket No. RM85‑1‑000 (Part D).
Asbestos; Proposed Mining and Import Restrictions, EPA Docket No. OPTS‑62036.

Significant Investigations and Other Representations:
PP&L Resources, Inc.’s successful opposition to a hostile takeover attempt by PECO Energy Company (for PP&L Resources, Inc.).
Microsoft Corporation’s acquisition of Fox Software, U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (for Microsoft Corporation).
Matter of International Business Machines Corporation and Microsoft Corporation, Federal Trade Commission, File No. 901-0117 (for Microsoft Corporation).

Haliburton Co.’s acquisition of Gearhart Industries, U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (for the Department of Justice).

International Oil Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (for the Department of Justice).

Expert Testimony:
Application of Kansas Pipeline Partnership, et al., Kansas Corporation Commission Docket No. 190,362-U (1994) (Expert testimony on FERC pipeline competition policy).
Matter of the Filing of Kansas Pipeline Partnership, et al., Kansas Corporation Commission Docket No. 190,506-U (1995) (Expert testimony on antitrust issues, regulatory policy, and FERC pipeline competition policy).


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