Owner & Principal Attorney – Law Offices of Carolyn Elefant, Nov 1993 – Present. Washington D.C. Metro Area
I am the principal attorney in Law Offices of Carolyn Elefant PLLC, a small law firm in Washington D.C. and Bethesda, Maryland serving energy companies, landowners and municipalities in electric and gas cases before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, state regulatory commissions, state and federal trial and appellate courts. The firm thrives on energy cases of first impression and last resort- meaning either cases involving novel issues that have never before been litigated, or matters where other lawyers have been unsuccessful. In this regard, we have, collectively, saved or earned our clients millions of dollars through our work in seeking refunds, vacating or reducing civil penalties, recovering attorneys fees and negotiating agreements.
The Firm has strong energy regulatory capabilities, and has hundreds of hours of experience representing clients in administrative and paper hearings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and state utility commissions. Unique to an energy regulatory practice, the Firm has state and federal jury trial experience – most recently, winning three six-figure verdicts in a 7-day jury trial in federal court. The Firm has served as lead counsel, briefing and arguing approximately 20 appeals at state and federal court, and has been involved in briefing in an additional 20+ appellate matters.
Although the Firm has broad experience in the electric industry on matters under the Federal Power Act,the Firm is recognized for its unique expertise under PURPA where it has been involved in several avoided cost and rulemaking proceedings at different state commissions. The Firm is also known for its work in representing renewable energy interests — MHK, hydroelectric, wind and solar – and has successfully procured CPCNs and permits for clients, negotiated power purchase agreements, filed for approval for market-based rates and aided with compliance matters.