Ms. Gast is a Principal of the Firm, having become associated with the Firm upon her graduation from law school in May of 1997, and becoming a shareholder of the Firm in the Fall of 2002. She serves clients in both litigation and consultation capacities in energy law and public utility regulation. Her focus is primarily on matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the U.S. Courts of Appeals. Ms. Gast routinely advises clients on the consumer-side of the industry, including municipal electric utilities and state public utility commissions, on matters before FERC and appellate courts. Ms. Gast assists her clients on issues pertaining to regulatory compliance, power purchase agreements, Order No. 1000 planning, rate case litigation, proceedings involving transmission rate protocols, return on equity complaints, enforcement matters, standards of conduct, municipal law, energy contracts and, more generally, energy law and policy.
Ms. Gast focuses on compliance issues related to the North American Electricity Reliability Council (NERC) and the Regional Entities, such as the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC). Ms. Gast advises numerous municipal electric utilities on all aspects of NERC Electric Reliability Compliance for both Operational (FERC Order 693) and Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standards, including: internal compliance programs, compliance training, self-certification, self-reporting, mock audits, Regional Entity data submittals, RSAWs, compliance audits, NOAVs, settlement negotiations and mitigation plans. Ms. Gast also advises clients on cyber security and physical security risk vulnerabilities.
To keep up with emerging issues, Ms. Gast actively participates in industry associations and attends industry conferences, including the American Public Power Association and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Ms. Gast is also an active member of the Energy Bar Association, formerly serving as Secretary and Treasurer and currently as a Board Member; and of the Federal Energy Law Journal Board of Directors, most recently serving as its President.
- Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, J.D. 1997
- The Pennsylvania State University, Smeal College of Business Administration, B.S. 1992
- District of Columbia
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- Court of Appeals for Maryland
- Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
- Energy Bar Association (Treasurer 2002-2006)
- American Bar Association
- Maryland Bar Association
- Penn State Alumni Association
- Federal Energy Law Journal (Board Member 2012-2013, Secretary 2013-2014, Treasurer 2014-2015, Vice President 2015-2016, President 2016-2017, First Past President 2017-2018)
- International Legal Honor Society of Phi Delta Phi and World Campus Law and Society, Penn State University, Webinar on Energy Law (January 2019)
- American Public Power Association, 2018 Legal and Regulatory Conference, “A+ Compliance: What NERC Wants From Your Internal Compliance Program,” (Oct. 2018)
- American Public Power Association, Industry Spotlight Series, National Conference 2018, “What Federal/State Jurisdictional Issues Mean for your System” (with Jeff Genzer, Thomas Rudebusch, Michael Postar, Sean Neal)
- American Public Power Association, 2016 Legal and Regulatory Conference, “NERC Reliability Standards and Enforcement,” with Shari Gribbin (Deloitte & Touche, LLP) (Oct. 2016)
- Presenter, "10 Years Since EPAct2005: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?," LSI's 17th Annual Conference on Energy In California (Nov. 3, 2015)
- DWG&P Presentation: “Physical and Cyber Security Webinar: Preparation for Overlapping Initiatives” (Dec. 8, 2014)
- Author, "Developments in State Constitutional Law-1995," Rutgers Law Journal
- Author, "As Much As We'd Like To, We Can't Blame The Deregulation Slowdown On Enron," Legal Times, June 10, 2002