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Barry Lawson

Regulatory Policy Director

Mr. Lawson joined the Firm in May 2021 as a Regulatory Policy Director focusing on electric industry cybersecurity, grid security, Bulk Electric System (BES) reliability and other interrelated issues.  Mr. Lawson’s focus is working with clients on these issues and providing technical and policy support to the Firm's attorneys on these and other issues. 

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Lawson completed a 20-year career with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) as their Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs.  His regulatory and policy focus at NRECA over the years transitioned from FERC open access, pricing and interconnection transmission policy to disaster planning and response, cyber and data security, electric grid security, and BES reliability issues.  This work helped him to develop and establish strong relationships and contacts with electric industry trade associations (including APPA, EEI, ELCON, EPSA, LPPC, TAPS and others), the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and its Regional Entities, and numerous federal government agencies (including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and others).  Mr. Lawson’s knowledge and expertise in these areas are unparalleled, and the Firm is eager to provide his services to existing and new clients.

Earlier in Mr. Lawson's career, he performed transmission policy analysis for EEI, KEMA Consulting and Columbia Gas Transmission.  Mr. Lawson's electric industry career began with Dominion Energy (Virginia Power) in the distribution engineering and customer service areas.

Mr. Lawson is not a licensed attorney.

  • Old Dominion University, Batten College of Engineering & Technology, BS in Civil Engineering Technology, 1985
  • Energy Bar Association (EBA)
    • Member, Vice Chair and Chair of System Reliability and Planning Committee
  • NERC (2012-2016)
    • Member of Standards Committee (SC) and the SC Executive Committee (2015-2021)
    • Member, Vice Chair and Chair of Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (CIPC) (2008-2016)
    • Vice Chair of BES Definition drafting team (2011-2014)
    • Member of Loss of Control Center Functionality (EOP-008) standard drafting team (2006-2010)
  • Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC)
    • Member of the Secretariat (2013-2021)
    • Plus-one for National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO in role as member of ESCC (2013-2021)
  • DOE Electricity Advisory Committee (EAC)
    • Member of initial formation of DOE EAC and served full six-year term (2008-2014)
  • Old Dominion University Alumni Association
  • Presenter, NRECA podcast Along Those Lines: Co-ops’ Role in Protecting the Electric Grid -- https://www.electric.coop/along-those-lines-co-ops-cybersecurity-protecting-grid, October 2019 
  • Presenter, NRECA Annual Meeting: Your Cooperative has been Hacked -- Now What?!?, February 2018, Nashville, TN  
  • Presenter, Tennessee Valley Public Power Association (TVPPA) Legal Conference: Cybersecurity Prevention and Damage Control -- New Hazards for Public Power and its Ratepayers, February 2017, Franklin TN  
  • Panelist, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission - Docket. No. RM15-14-000, Staff Technical Conference on Critical Infrastructure Protection Supply Chain Risk Management January 28, 2016  
  • Presenter, NRECA TechAdvantage Conference: NERC reliability update: BES Definition and Cyber and Physical Security Standards, February 2015, Orlando, FL  
  • Panelist, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission - Docket. No. AD14-9-000, Reliability Technical Conference, June 10, 2014
  • Panelist, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Docket No. AD13-6-000, Reliability Technical Conference, July 9, 2013
  • Presenter, G&T Managers Association Meeting: Update on NERC BES Definition and Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Standards, April 2012, Charleston, SC  
  • Witness, House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, Hearing on proposed Grid Reliability and Infrastructure Defense (GRID) Act, May 31, 2011
  • Witness, House Energy and Commerce Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee, hearing on cyber security threats to the electric grid, September 11, 2008
  • Co-author, Cyber Security: Legal and Practical Considerations for Co-ops, NRECA Legal Reporting Service, March 2017
  • Contributor, American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Public Utilities, Communications and Transportation Law (PUCAT):  2013 Annual Report of the Electricity Committee, Section 8 Reliability and Section 9 Distribution

Overview

Mr. Lawson joined the Firm in May 2021 as a Regulatory Policy Director focusing on electric industry cybersecurity, grid security, Bulk Electric System (BES) reliability and other interrelated issues.  Mr. Lawson’s focus is working with clients on these issues and providing technical and policy support to the Firm's attorneys on these and other issues. 

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Lawson completed a 20-year career with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) as their Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs.  His regulatory and policy focus at NRECA over the years transitioned from FERC open access, pricing and interconnection transmission policy to disaster planning and response, cyber and data security, electric grid security, and BES reliability issues.  This work helped him to develop and establish strong relationships and contacts with electric industry trade associations (including APPA, EEI, ELCON, EPSA, LPPC, TAPS and others), the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and its Regional Entities, and numerous federal government agencies (including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and others).  Mr. Lawson’s knowledge and expertise in these areas are unparalleled, and the Firm is eager to provide his services to existing and new clients.

Earlier in Mr. Lawson's career, he performed transmission policy analysis for EEI, KEMA Consulting and Columbia Gas Transmission.  Mr. Lawson's electric industry career began with Dominion Energy (Virginia Power) in the distribution engineering and customer service areas.

Mr. Lawson is not a licensed attorney.

Education

  • Old Dominion University, Batten College of Engineering & Technology, BS in Civil Engineering Technology, 1985

Organizations

  • Energy Bar Association (EBA)
    • Member, Vice Chair and Chair of System Reliability and Planning Committee
  • NERC (2012-2016)
    • Member of Standards Committee (SC) and the SC Executive Committee (2015-2021)
    • Member, Vice Chair and Chair of Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (CIPC) (2008-2016)
    • Vice Chair of BES Definition drafting team (2011-2014)
    • Member of Loss of Control Center Functionality (EOP-008) standard drafting team (2006-2010)
  • Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC)
    • Member of the Secretariat (2013-2021)
    • Plus-one for National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO in role as member of ESCC (2013-2021)
  • DOE Electricity Advisory Committee (EAC)
    • Member of initial formation of DOE EAC and served full six-year term (2008-2014)
  • Old Dominion University Alumni Association

Presentations

  • Presenter, NRECA podcast Along Those Lines: Co-ops’ Role in Protecting the Electric Grid -- https://www.electric.coop/along-those-lines-co-ops-cybersecurity-protecting-grid, October 2019 
  • Presenter, NRECA Annual Meeting: Your Cooperative has been Hacked -- Now What?!?, February 2018, Nashville, TN  
  • Presenter, Tennessee Valley Public Power Association (TVPPA) Legal Conference: Cybersecurity Prevention and Damage Control -- New Hazards for Public Power and its Ratepayers, February 2017, Franklin TN  
  • Panelist, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission - Docket. No. RM15-14-000, Staff Technical Conference on Critical Infrastructure Protection Supply Chain Risk Management January 28, 2016  
  • Presenter, NRECA TechAdvantage Conference: NERC reliability update: BES Definition and Cyber and Physical Security Standards, February 2015, Orlando, FL  
  • Panelist, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission - Docket. No. AD14-9-000, Reliability Technical Conference, June 10, 2014
  • Panelist, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Docket No. AD13-6-000, Reliability Technical Conference, July 9, 2013
  • Presenter, G&T Managers Association Meeting: Update on NERC BES Definition and Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Standards, April 2012, Charleston, SC  
  • Witness, House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, Hearing on proposed Grid Reliability and Infrastructure Defense (GRID) Act, May 31, 2011
  • Witness, House Energy and Commerce Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee, hearing on cyber security threats to the electric grid, September 11, 2008

Publications

  • Co-author, Cyber Security: Legal and Practical Considerations for Co-ops, NRECA Legal Reporting Service, March 2017
  • Contributor, American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Public Utilities, Communications and Transportation Law (PUCAT):  2013 Annual Report of the Electricity Committee, Section 8 Reliability and Section 9 Distribution