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Joshua E. Adrian

Shareholder

Mr. Adrian is a Shareholder with Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C. Mr. Adrian’s practice reflects the many facets of the energy industry.

Within the hydropower sphere, Mr. Adrian guides clients as they navigate the various licensing and review processes of state and federal agencies. In particular, Mr. Adrian’s experience includes navigating the license proceedings of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission), and he has experience in the corresponding review processes of various state and federal resource agencies. Through this experience in representing hydroelectric licensees, Mr. Adrian has experience in the environmental realm including the NEPA process.

In the area of electric ratemaking, Mr. Adrian has represented clients that face considerable rate increases in proceedings before the Commission, achieving savings for his clients. In particular, he has represented ratepayers confronted with proposals by public utilities that propose to provide service under a formula, rather than stated, rate. Further, Mr. Adrian has represented the interests of ratepayers in opposing public utility requests for incentive rate treatment under the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

With respect to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) reliability regime, Mr. Adrian has assisted clients in their efforts to establish compliance programs designed to meet the requirements of the mandatory and effective Reliability Standards developed by NERC. He has also assisted clients in various stages of the compliance monitoring and enforcement processes of NERC’s Regional Entities.

In the policy arena, Mr. Adrian has represented municipal entities, electric cooperatives, and state commissions throughout the nation as they operate as market players within the markets administered by Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) and Independent System Operators (ISOs). He has advised West-coast municipal entities during the transition of the California energy markets to a new tariff under the California ISO, and he remains current on new and proposed market rules under the California ISO tariff. In serving as counsel for electric cooperatives in Illinois and Wisconsin, Mr. Adrian has represented the interests of small entities within the Midcontinent ISO footprint, including the transition to a central Ancillary Services Market within that ISO.

While a student at the Washington College of Law, Mr. Adrian served as the Editor in Chief of the Administrative Law Review. During law school, he served as a law clerk at the Federal Communications Commission and as an intern to Judge Mary Ellen Coster Williams of the United States Court of Federal Claims. Prior to law school, Mr. Adrian worked in nonprofit development for several educational institutions serving Chicago’s Mexican-American neighborhood of Pilsen.

  • Washington College of Law, J.D. cum laude, 2006
  • Northwestern University, B.A., 1999
  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Editor in Chief, Administrative Law Review
  • National Hydropower Association
  • Electric Cooperative Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
  • Energy Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Joshua E. Adrian, Hydropower, the Forgotten Renewable, Is Primed for a Comeback, LEGAL REPORTING SERVICE (Nat'l Rural Elec. Coop. Ass'n, Arlington, Va.), Apr. 2014, at 1.
  • Kristen Connolly McCullough & Joshua E. Adrian, The Growing Importance of NERC Reliability Standards to Electric Cooperatives, LEGAL REPORTING SERVICE (Nat'l Rural Elec. Coop. Ass'n, Arlington, Va.), Nov. 2009, at 1.
  • Joshua E. Adrian, VoIP on Tap: Whether the FCC Should Apply Wiretapping Standards to Voice Over Internet Protocol, 57 ADMIN. L. REV. 647 (2005).

Overview

Mr. Adrian is a Shareholder with Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C. Mr. Adrian’s practice reflects the many facets of the energy industry.

Within the hydropower sphere, Mr. Adrian guides clients as they navigate the various licensing and review processes of state and federal agencies. In particular, Mr. Adrian’s experience includes navigating the license proceedings of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission), and he has experience in the corresponding review processes of various state and federal resource agencies. Through this experience in representing hydroelectric licensees, Mr. Adrian has experience in the environmental realm including the NEPA process.

In the area of electric ratemaking, Mr. Adrian has represented clients that face considerable rate increases in proceedings before the Commission, achieving savings for his clients. In particular, he has represented ratepayers confronted with proposals by public utilities that propose to provide service under a formula, rather than stated, rate. Further, Mr. Adrian has represented the interests of ratepayers in opposing public utility requests for incentive rate treatment under the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

With respect to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) reliability regime, Mr. Adrian has assisted clients in their efforts to establish compliance programs designed to meet the requirements of the mandatory and effective Reliability Standards developed by NERC. He has also assisted clients in various stages of the compliance monitoring and enforcement processes of NERC’s Regional Entities.

In the policy arena, Mr. Adrian has represented municipal entities, electric cooperatives, and state commissions throughout the nation as they operate as market players within the markets administered by Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) and Independent System Operators (ISOs). He has advised West-coast municipal entities during the transition of the California energy markets to a new tariff under the California ISO, and he remains current on new and proposed market rules under the California ISO tariff. In serving as counsel for electric cooperatives in Illinois and Wisconsin, Mr. Adrian has represented the interests of small entities within the Midcontinent ISO footprint, including the transition to a central Ancillary Services Market within that ISO.

While a student at the Washington College of Law, Mr. Adrian served as the Editor in Chief of the Administrative Law Review. During law school, he served as a law clerk at the Federal Communications Commission and as an intern to Judge Mary Ellen Coster Williams of the United States Court of Federal Claims. Prior to law school, Mr. Adrian worked in nonprofit development for several educational institutions serving Chicago’s Mexican-American neighborhood of Pilsen.

Education

  • Washington College of Law, J.D. cum laude, 2006
  • Northwestern University, B.A., 1999

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Honors

  • Editor in Chief, Administrative Law Review

Organizations

  • National Hydropower Association
  • Electric Cooperative Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
  • Energy Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar

Presentations

Publications

  • Joshua E. Adrian, Hydropower, the Forgotten Renewable, Is Primed for a Comeback, LEGAL REPORTING SERVICE (Nat'l Rural Elec. Coop. Ass'n, Arlington, Va.), Apr. 2014, at 1.
  • Kristen Connolly McCullough & Joshua E. Adrian, The Growing Importance of NERC Reliability Standards to Electric Cooperatives, LEGAL REPORTING SERVICE (Nat'l Rural Elec. Coop. Ass'n, Arlington, Va.), Nov. 2009, at 1.
  • Joshua E. Adrian, VoIP on Tap: Whether the FCC Should Apply Wiretapping Standards to Voice Over Internet Protocol, 57 ADMIN. L. REV. 647 (2005).