Daniel E. Frank: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Daniel E. Frank

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Energy
  • Environmental & Commodities
  • Electric Cooperatives
  • Commodities Enforcement & Investigations
  • Regulatory & Compliance
  • Trading & Transactions
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.383.0838
Fax: 202-637-3593
University University of Washington, B.A., magna cum laude Phi Beta Kappa
Law SchoolUniversity of Chicago Law School, J.D. Senior Comment Editor, The University of Chicago Legal Forum, Senior Editor, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy
Admitted1994, Virginia; 1995, District of Columbia

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

Special AgenciesFederal Energy Regulatory Commission.
BornSeattle, Washington, 1967

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's 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

Sutherland represents mid-Atlantic energy company in two FERC enforcement matters.

Sutherland advises an electric coop in international power lines negotiations.

Sutherland advises on transmission and regulation in a wind energy project.

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)

Recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of electricity regulation and litigation (2011-2015)

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


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FERC Proposes Expansive "Connected Entity" Reporting Requirement
Paul F. Forshay,Daniel E. Frank,Meghan R. Gruebner,Catherine M. Krupka,R. Michael Sweeney, October 16, 2015
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has proposed requiring the operators of centralized wholesale power markets to collect and provide to FERC a broad range of market participant data, including (i) each market participant’s “Legal Entity Identifier” (LEI), which is a...

Eighth Circuit Upholds FERC Rule on Co-op Avoided Cost Rates
Peter A. Fozzard,Daniel E. Frank,Dorothy Black Franzoni,Jay Holloway,Matthew W. Nichols, October 8, 2015
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has upheld the long-standing determination by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that the avoided cost rate paid by a distribution cooperative for energy purchased from a qualifying cogeneration or small power production facility (QF) is...

FERC Confirms Distribution Cooperatives Must Purchase QF Output
Peter A. Fozzard,Daniel E. Frank,Dorothy Black Franzoni,Jay Holloway,Daniella Landers, June 29, 2015
A distribution cooperative must purchase the electrical output made available to it by a qualifying facility (QF), notwithstanding restrictions in the cooperative’s all-requirements contract with its generation and transmission supplier (G&T) on third-party contracts. In a recent order, the...

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Daniel E. Frank

700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700
WashingtonDC 20001-3980


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