James M. Bushee: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

James M. Bushee

James M. Bushee
Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Regulatory & Compliance
  • Energy Litigation
  • Trading & Transactions
  • Natural Gas
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.383.0643
Fax: 202-637-3593
University The University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A.
Law SchoolThe Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D.
Admitted1982, District of Columbia and Texas

Professional Activities
Vice-Chair, Environmental Transactions and Brownfields Committee, American Bar Association (1992-1999)
Vice-Chair, Administrative Law Committee, American Bar Association (1988-1991)
Member, Board of Directors, University of Texas NROTC Alumni Foundation

BornMelrose, Massachusetts, June 11, 1954

Jim Bushee represents clients nationally in the electric power, natural gas and environmental sectors, focusing on electric infrastructure development and utility regulation. Jim practices before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT), the Texas Railroad Commission and the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, and he has appeared in regulatory proceedings in California, Iowa, Wyoming and Florida. Jim leads Sutherland's regulatory practice in Austin.

As part of Jim's infrastructure development practice, he advises on the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act and natural resource issues.

Prior to joining Sutherland, Jim was a member of the Legal Staff of the General Motors Energy and Environmental group and was also Environmental and Energy counsel for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Selected Experience

Represents Sharyland Utilities before the Public Utilities Commission of Texas, including as lead counsel for general rate case and certificate of convenience and necessity proceedings for the construction of electric transmission facilities.

Represents Hunt Power in electric infrastructure development projects throughout the Southwest, including FERC, Bureau of Land Management and state authorizations necessary to construct and operate electrical transmission facilities.

Represents clients on cross-border electric infrastructure projects, including U.S. Department of Energy Presidential Permits for the construction of electrical connections with Mexico and authorizations for the international export of electricity.

Awards and Rankings

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

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of energy law (2016) (Also at Austin, Texas Office)


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Office Information

James M. Bushee

700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700
WashingtonDC 20001-3980


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