James A. Orr: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

James A. Orr

James Orr

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Energy, Environmental & Commodities
  • Energy Litigation
  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Appellate
  • Electric Cooperatives
  • Product Liability - Commercial
Contact InfoTelephone: 404.853.8578
University University of Georgia, B.A., summa cum laude
Law SchoolUniversity of Georgia School of Law, J.D., cum laude Staff Member and Comments Editor, University of Georgia Law Review
Admitted1982, Georgia; North Carolina
BornMacon, Georgia, February 16, 1956

James Orr provides strategic responses for his clients in energy litigation matters in Georgia and across the country. James has a long history of representing electric cooperatives and is a frequent speaker to cooperatives and their lawyers. He also represents independent power producers, electric utilities, oil and gas producers, liquefied natural gas (LNG) companies and other energy-related companies.

With more than 30 years of experience in energy litigation, James defends and prosecutes cases in a variety of judicial and regulatory proceedings at both the state and federal level. He also appears frequently before the Georgia Public Service Commission.

Selected Experience

Sutherland represents client in trial regarding formation of three-year charter party agreement.

Sutherland represents client in maritime lien priority litigation.

Sutherland defends electric cooperatives in territorial integrity disputes.

Awards and Rankings

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of energy law (2012-2016)

Selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers (2004-2010)


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Court Rules on Antitrust Claims Arising from Changes to Electricity Pricing Plans for Home Solar Users
Tracey K. Ledbetter,James R. McGibbon,James A. Orr, November 17, 2015
A federal court allowed certain antitrust and state law claims brought by an installer of distributed solar energy systems against Arizona’s Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District (SRP) to move forward in litigation. As reported in a recent Sutherland Legal Alert,...

Battle Lines Drawn in Arizona Solar Rate Design Cases
Tracey K. Ledbetter,James A. Orr, October 8, 2015
Electric utilities and residential solar companies continue to wrangle over charges applicable to rooftop solar customers. Recent filings in rate design cases involving Arizona Public Service Company (APS) and UNS Electric, Inc. (UNS) indicate that these battles will be hard-fought.

Solar Power Fights Heat UP
Tracey K. Ledbetter,James A. Orr, September 15, 2015
The clash between residential solar companies and utilities continues to heat up in courts and public utility commissions. As solar technology continues to improve, more households are installing rooftop solar systems. This trend can cause problems for utilities, which still have the same fixed...

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James A. Orr

999 Peachtree Street, N.E.
AtlantaGA 30309-3996


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