Sohair A. Aguirre

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.
Phone202 862 2278

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  • Business Fraud & White Collar Defense
  • Corporate
  • Energy & Commodities
  • Energy & Commodities Investigations
  • Energy & Commodities Regulation & Compliance
  • Energy & Commodities Transactions
  • Litigation
  • Renewables
University University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., with highest distinction, 2005
Law SchoolDuke University School of Law, J.D., 2008
AdmittedMaryland; District of Columbia

Sohair Aguirre focuses her practice on representing energy and commodity companies, financial institutions and trade associations in a variety of transactional, regulatory, compliance, and litigation matters. These energy clients cover a wide range of market participants, including end-users, swap dealers, major-swap participants, introducing brokers, and futures commission merchants.

Sohair represents client in enforcement matters before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) from the beginning phases of a document request to settlement negotiations or litigation. Additionally, she advocates for clients in rulemaking proceedings at FERC and the CFTC, including the CFTC's rulemakings implementing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. She has considerable experience advising clients on the regulatory requirements of the Commodity Exchange Act, the Federal Power Act, the Natural Gas Act, and the CFTC and FERC's regulations, including significant new CFTC regulatory requirements imposed by the Dodd-Frank Act. Sohair also advises clients with respect to various requirements for participation in the independent system operator and regional transmission organization wholesale energy markets, and counsels clients on negotiating energy master agreements, including the ISDA (and the various ISDA Dodd-Frank Protocols), EEI, and NAESB.

She received her J.D. from Duke University School of Law and her B.A. in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While in law school, Sohair served as co-chair of the International Law Society and as a case manager for the Guantanamo Defense Clinic, where she worked on cases involving Guantanamo detainees Salim Hamdan and Omar Khadr. Sohair also conducted intensive research regarding the legal framework for various forms of preventive detention.

Sohair is admitted to practice in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia. She is fluent in Persian and has studied French, Modern Standard Arabic and Turkish.


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Update Regarding D.C. Circuit’s Demand Response Ruling
Sohair A. Aguirre,Kenneth W. Irvin,Gregory K. Lawrence,Natalie Mitchell, June 18, 2014
Since our last post regarding the D.C. Circuit’s demand response ruling, several notable developments have occurred in both the Electric Power Supply Ass’n v. FERC proceeding itself, and in other, related proceedings.

D.C. Circuit Vacates FERC’s Wholesale Demand Response Compensation Rule Because It "Goes Too Far"
Sohair A. Aguirre,Kenneth W. Irvin,Gregory K. Lawrence,Natalie Mitchell, June 11, 2014
On May 23, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ("D.C. Circuit"), in a 2-1 decision, vacated in its entirety and remanded Order No. 745 of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC" or the "Commission"). FERC Order No. 745 requires...

New Jersey Appeals Court Interprets Force Majeure Clause in NAESB
Sohair A. Aguirre,Kenneth W. Irvin,Daryl L. Rice, May 15, 2014
In a ruling of significant importance for those confronting force majeure (“FM”) issues in natural gas trades, and a win for Hess Corporation (“Hess” or “Plaintiff”), the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division ruled that Eni Petroleum US, LLC...

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Sohair A. Aguirre

700 Sixth Street, N.W.
WashingtonDC 20001


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