Ms. Mody’s practice focuses on public utility and administrative law and litigation, with emphasis on representation in electric matters, including ratemaking, rulemaking, restructuring, tariff development, contracts, and other regulatory matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state commissions and the Federal courts.
Since joining the Firm in 2004, Ms. Mody has counseled clients on various issues pertaining to transmission ownership and transmission service, including matters concerning regional transmission planning and cost allocation, transmission tariffs, standards of conduct, interconnection and operations agreements, rate cases involving both formula and cost-of-service rates, transmission incentive rate treatment, and jurisdictional issues (federal/state/municipal).
Ms. Mody has significant experience representing California entities within, and adjacent to, the California Independent System Operator (ISO), including with respect to the California ISO’s locational marginal pricing market design, Energy Imbalance Market, and regionalization initiatives. In addition, Ms. Mody has represented municipal entities, electric cooperatives and state commissions on matters involving other Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) and ISOs throughout the nation, as well as with non-RTO/ISO tariffs and operations.
Ms. Mody has assisted clients on numerous issues related to renewable energy integration, including regulatory issues pertaining to electric storage and other distributed energy resources, net energy metering, resource planning, feed-in-tariffs, operations and reliability, ancillary services, generator interconnection, and demand-side management. Ms. Mody has also counseled clients on a wide range of state and Federal regulatory and legal matters, including merger and divestiture proceedings, government tort claims laws, and various energy-related contracts.
Ms. Mody also has experience counseling clients regarding the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 and regulations stemming therefrom issued by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Ms. Mody has advised clients on the implications of those rules, regulations and proposed rulemakings on their energy-related activities and to ensure their compliance with applicable rules and regulations.
Ms. Mody also has experience in telecommunications law, including representation on matters involving various Federal Communications Commission rules and regulations and state and local cable franchise regulations. For instance, Ms. Mody has counseled clients on compliance with rules and regulations pertaining to customer proprietary network information and retransmission of copyright broadcasted programming. Ms. Mody has also assisted clients in legislative matters pertaining to cable franchising.
Prior to joining the Firm in 2004, Ms. Mody worked as a Deputy Attorney General for the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Division of Law for approximately three years. As a Deputy Attorney General, Ms. Mody represented the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and in that capacity, litigated rate cases involving electric, gas, cable, telecommunications and water utilities. Ms. Mody also litigated solid waste compliance violations and permit appeal matters on behalf of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in administrative and appellate courts.
Ms. Mody formerly served as a law clerk in New Jersey Superior Court, Somerset County. As a law clerk, Ms. Mody researched and wrote legal memoranda and draft orders on a wide range of civil and criminal law matters, and mediated small claims cases.
- Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1999
- Rutgers College, Rutgers University, B.S., 1997
- New Jersey
- New York
- District of Columbia
- United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- American Bar Association
- Administrative Law Section
- Energy Bar Association
- Co-Chair of the FERC Practice & Administrative Law Judges Committee (May 2012 - May 2013)
- Energy Law Journal Articles Editor (2017 - present)
- Co-Presenter, “Are Your Transmission Rates About to Go Up?” American Public Power Association, National Conference (2019)
- Co-Presenter, “Wholesale Transmission Rates: Impact of Emerging Issues,” American Public Power Association, Legal and Regulatory Conference (2017)
- Co-Presenter, “FERC Order 1000: the Future of Transmission,” American Public Power Association, Legal and Regulatory Conference (2016)
- Co-Presenter, “FERC’s Transmission Rate Incentives: Trends and Outlook,” American Public Power Association Legal Seminar (2011)
- Contributing Author, CAISO and the California Markets, in CAPTURING THE POWER OF ELECTRIC RESTRUCTURING (Joey Lee Miranda ed., 2009).
- Contributing Author, FERC Practice and Administrative Law Judges Committee Report, ENERGY LAW JOURNAL, Volume 32, No. 2 (2011).
- Contributing Editor, FERC Practice and Administrative Law Judges Committee Report, ENERGY LAW JOURNAL, Volume 33, No. 2 (2012).
- Contributing Author, State Commission Practice Committee Report, ENERGY LAW JOURNAL, Volume 39, No. 2 (2018).