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Chimera N. Thompson

Chimera focuses her practice on matters related to the federal regulation of electricity and RTO/ISO operations, representing clients in a wide range of energy regulatory and administrative litigation matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She counsels clients on generation interconnection and transmission issues, as well as compliance with the tariff requirements of various RTOs/ISOs, including PJM Interconnection, NYISO, CAISO, and the Southwest Power Pool. She also advises clients in commercial transactions involving FERC-jurisdictional assets, and conducts regulatory due diligence for acquisitions of renewable energy projects. She has prepared a variety of regulatory filings, including applications for market-based rates, Section 203 filings, and QF and EWG self-certifications.

Chimera's experience in enforcement matters includes defending clients in FERC investigations involving potential violations of ISO/RTO tariffs and FERC's rules, regulations, and orders, including the prohibition on market manipulation. She is experienced in assisting clients in evaluating potential FERC rules violations and, where appropriate, formulating remediation and/or self-reporting to FERC.

Chimera also represents clients in complex litigation before state utility commissions, and prepares DOE permit applications for authorization to transmit electricity to foreign countries.

Prior to joining the firm, Chimera served as an associate lawyer at a national law firm based in Washington, D.C. There, Chimera defended clients in criminal and civil enforcement matters before FERC, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Department of Justice, and other federal regulators, including representing a major life science company in a complex, cross-border investigation involving alleged export controls violations.  She also provided litigation support on behalf of an electric utility in a complex litigation before a state utility commission. 

  • Named to Lawyers of Color’s Inaugural Hot List of influential minority attorneys in 2013 
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