Daniel E.
Frank
Partner

202.383.0838

In an industry of complex and increasing regulation and in which cybersecurity is increasingly critical to system reliability and subject to greater regulation, Dan Frank guides electric industry clients in compliance matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and state public service commissions. Dan also advises clients on cybersecurity and data protection matters. His clients include electric cooperatives and other electric utilities, transmission companies, energy trading companies, generators and end users.

Before FERC, Dan regularly counsels clients on market access requirements, filing and reporting obligations, transmission regulatory matters, and transaction approvals.

In NERC compliance matters, Dan helps clients respond to audits, prepares delegation agreements, and advises on compliance with NERC’s cybersecurity (critical infrastructure protection) and other Reliability Standards.

Dan counsels transmission owners and other market participants on transmission access, pricing and cost allocation issues. He drafts and negotiates power sales, interconnection and transmission service agreements, and he advises clients in disputes over power transactions and transmission matters.

Selected Experience

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of energy: regulatory (2015)

Recognized by Chambers Global: World’s Leading Lawyers in the area of electricity regulation and litigation (2015-2016)

Recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of electricity regulation and litigation (2011-2016)

Professional Activities

Member, Board of Directors, Energy Bar Association (2012-2015)
Member, Electricity Regulation and System Reliability & Planning Committees, Energy Bar Association
Member, Electricity Committee, Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law Section, American Bar Association
Charter Member, Electric Cooperative Bar Association
Observer, Cyber Attack Task Force, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (2011-2012)
Secretary (2011-2014), Trustee (1995–2011), The Churchill Fund
Member, The Federalist Society

Education
  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School, Senior Comment Editor, The University of Chicago Legal Forum, Senior Editor, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy
  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Washington, Phi Beta Kappa
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
Clerkships

Honorable Danny J. Boggs, U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit.

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