Jennifer Morrissey, a member of Dentons' Energy practice, divides her practice between traditional regulatory and transactional matters relating to energy, resources and infrastructure, and federal litigation and appellate work related to energy and resources. Her clients include asset managers, private equity firms and investors, banks and financial institutions, trade associations and ad hoc coalitions, foreign corporations, municipal entities and rural electric cooperatives, natural gas producers, public utilities, cogeneration facilities, project developers, state utility regulators, federal hydropower customers and large industrials.
Jennifer advises clients operating in the electricity and natural gas sectors before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on matters related to operations, rates, project development, enforcement and compliance, and agency rulemaking. On the transactional side, her work ranges from negotiating simple agreements to advising clients regarding substantial investments in utility assets, including assisting with M&A due diligence (litigation, energy and environmental issues) and obtaining regulatory approvals. She also advises foreign clients on navigating the complexities of US regulation in their daily business operations.
Jennifer's litigation experience includes appearing before federal regulatory agencies and in the federal district and appellate courts, including administrative litigation, petitions for review of federal agency actions, MDL and mass tort, and petitions for certiorari to the US Supreme Court. She has broad experience ranging from traditional gas and electric rate matters, interstate water rights, mining issues, Administrative Procedure Act matters, antitrust, civil RICO, Death on the High Seas and general products liability. She also works closely with the firm's white collar and global anticorruption groups, providing advice on compliance issues including, among others, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and international trade matters.
Jennifer is Co-Editor in Chief, Dentons Global Smart Cities & Connected Communities Initiative Think Tank Editorial Board. The Think Tank helps cities and communities leverage existing and emerging technological developments to enable the integration of essential services for the betterment of the lives of their citizens.
Prior to joining Dentons, Jennifer was an associate in the Washington, DC, office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton LLP, where she worked on a broad range of litigation, regulatory and transactional matters. She also served as a law clerk to the World Trade Organization's Legal Affairs Division in Geneva, Switzerland, where she reviewed complaints brought to the WTO Dispute Settlement Body, researched legal and policy issues, and occasionally participated in accession negotiations.
Before she became a lawyer, Jennifer served in the corporate relationship banking and international trade finance divisions of HypoVereinsBank in Milan. In this role, she worked on matters related to international trade and project finance, including management of risks associated with doing business in foreign countries, compliance matters, and various financing, insurance and guaranty options.