Diana Liebmann

Practices

Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 1996

B.A., Political Science, Minor in Chemistry, Southwestern University, 1993

Admissions

Texas

District of Columbia

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Profile

Diana Liebmann’s legal advocacy and regulatory experience have helped clients to restructure the electric power markets in Texas, and to create the rules for the current ERCOT market - the most vibrant and competitive market in the country. Diana understands the risks inherent in certain transactions under constantly changing market rules and dynamics. She has represented clients in developing the current postage stamp transmission pricing mechanism in the Competitive Renewable Energy Zone proceedings to obtain access to markets for their generation in a $6 billion transmission build-out of the ERCOT market.

Diana’s broad transactional experience and in-depth focus on the details of wholesale and retail power regulation and market structure give her the ability to effectively guide clients with respect to compliance, and in investments and deployment of capital in electricity markets.

Diana leads the firm’s Power and Renewables practice, is a partner in the Capital Markets and Securities practice, manages the San Antonio office as its Administrative Partner and is a leader in her community.

Diana is valued as a leading energy lawyer by Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners, and is described as a “utilities guru” with a “great understanding of the Public Utility Commission.” She has become a go-to lawyer for regulatory matters relating to the Public Utility Commission of Texas, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the Southwest Power Pool, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and in various other state commission, regional entity and North American Electric Reliability Corporation proceedings.

Recognition

Diana Liebmann

Diana Liebmann Named 2016 Women in Energy Honoree

Haynes and Boone proudly congratulates Partner Diana Liebmann for being named a recipient of the 2016 Women in Energy award by Texas Lawyer. The honorees are selected for their work and achievements in the area of energy law and will be recognized in the December issue of Texas Lawyer magazine.

Selected Client Representations

Diana has worked on regulatory matters, in rulemakings and contested cases, and completed transactional matters including:

  • Proceedings to implement wholesale and retail restructuring at the State Office of Administration Hearings, the Public Utility Commission of Texas, at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas
  • Rulemakings regarding transmission access and pricing
  • Wholesale and retail power purchase and sale agreements, retail electric provider agreements, qualified scheduling entity agreements, qualified facility agreements, contracts with third parties regarding professional services, and power plant construction agreements; including EPC agreements, and power plant project finance documents
  • Certificate of convenience and necessity proceedings
  • Rate case proceedings
  • Proceedings at ERCOT and the PUCT regarding ERCOT governance, congestion management, ancillary services, settlement, transmission and distribution losses, reliability must run, resource adequacy and market monitoring
  • Proceedings to establish rules for Competitive Renewable Energy Zones including related rulemakings and contested cases
  • Competitive matters and confidentiality issues involving Open Records and Open Meetings laws
  • Litigation involving the application of the antitrust laws to the ERCOT market
  • Sale of electric power facilities and generating assets
  • Regulatory investigation and complaint proceedings before the Public Utility Commission of Texas and Texas Regional Entity

Recognition

Best Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Featured in Best Lawyers in America 2017

Best Lawyers in America, an annual referral guide listing outstanding lawyers throughout the U.S., has recognized 108 Haynes and Boone lawyers across more than 50 practice areas in the 2017 edition.


Published by Woodward/White, Inc., August 2017

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Professional and Community Activities

  • Advisory Board Member, University of Texas Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law and Business
  • Member, San Antonio Bar Association Natural Resources Section (President 2006-2009)
  • Member, Energy & Sustainability Committee, Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce (Chairman 2011-2013)
  • Advisory Board Member, Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Section of the State Bar of Texas (Council Member 2009-2012)
  • Member, Gulf Coast Power Association
  • Director, Arc of San Antonio, Inc. (President 2008-2009), serving individuals with developmental disabilities
  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • Electric Cooperative Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Foundation

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Professional Recognition

  • Recognized by Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners, as one of the leading practitioners in Texas for energy, 2011-2016
  • Recognized by Expert Guides in Energy and Natural Resources, Legal Media Group, 2016
  • Selected for inclusion in San Antonio Business Journal's list of Who's Who in Energy, American City Business Journals, 2012-2015
  • Recognized by San Antonio Scene in 2015's Best San Antonio Lawyers for Energy & Oil & Gas, 2015 Scene Monthly LLC
  • Named a Rising Star by Law360, Portfolio Media, Inc., as one of the top 10 energy lawyers under 40 to watch, 2010
  • Named one of The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., in Energy Law, 2006-2017; Energy Regulatory Law and Utilities Law, 2017
  • Named a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star, Thomson Reuters, in Utility Law, 2004-2008
  • Named a Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2013-2016
  • Listed as one of 2015's Best S.A. Lawyers in Energy & Oil & Gas (15 or more years), San Antonio Scene Magazine, Scene Monthly, LLC
  • Selected by the San Antonio Business Journal, American City Business Journals, as one of its 40 Under 40 Rising Stars, 2008

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