Haynes and Boone Adds Former Public Utility Commission of Texas Lawyers to Energy Practice


AUSTIN – Attorneys Patrick Sullivan and Sean Farrell have joined Haynes and Boone, LLP in the  Energy and Power Practice Group from the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT), bringing valuable experience working with the PUCT and in the electric power markets generally. 

“Patrick Sullivan and Sean Farrell bring a diverse set of experience that will continue to enhance the practice group’s ability to meet client needs,” said Jeff King, administrative partner in Haynes and Boone’s Austin office. “They are both a great addition to the firm’s established multidisciplinary energy and power practice.”

“We are very excited that Patrick and Sean have joined the Haynes and Boone team,” said Diana Liebmann, a partner in the Energy and Power Practice Group.  “They offer a great deal of experience and additional depth to our electric power and telecommunications practice, not only in regulatory matters but also in  the commercial markets on transactional matters.”

Mr. Sullivan, who joined the firm as of counsel in its Austin office, brings more than twenty years legal experience related to public utility matters in Texas, including working for and representing clients before various Texas regulatory agencies dealing with electric, telecommunications, water and wastewater utility issues. He also assists clients in maintaining compliance with state and federal regulatory requirements. He was actively involved in the development of the regulatory changes that were necessary to implement competition in both the electric power and telecommunications markets in Texas. He has been certified in Administrative Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1989.

Sean Farrell joined the firm as an associate in the San Antonio office.  In his practice, Mr. Farrell represents clients in electric regulatory matters before the PUCT, and in both transactional matters and litigation matters associated with electric and telecommunications transactions and markets.

Haynes and Boone’s Energy and Power Practice Group is a multidisciplinary team of more than 40 lawyers trained to resolve the legal and business concerns involved with the interaction between all major sources of energy.  The practice group actively assists electric power clients in regulatory compliance matters, financing project development, negotiating power and fuel transportation and supply agreements.  The practice also represents energy clients with traditional exploration and production activities and refining activities and the financing techniques needed to help them operate. They also represent competitive market participants in the regulated aspects of their day-to-day operations and their business combinations with entities from other segments of the energy industry.

Haynes and Boone, LLP is an international corporate law firm with offices in Texas, New York, Washington, D.C., Mexico City and Moscow, providing a full spectrum of legal services. With almost 500 attorneys, Haynes and Boone is ranked among the largest law firms in the nation byThe National Law Journal. The firm has been recognized as one of the "Best Corporate Law Firms in America" (Corporate Board Member Magazine, 2001-2007), and as a Top 100 law firm for both diversity (MultiCultural Law Magazine, 2008), and women (Women 3.0, 2008).

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