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Chimera N. Thompson

Chimera Thompson is a special projects lawyer in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, and is a member of the Power practice group.

Chimera counsels clients on a wide range of federal energy regulatory and administrative litigation matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), including RTO/ISO generation and transmission interconnection issues, market-based rates under Section 205 of the Federal Power Act (FPA), Section 206 complaint proceedings, and FERC enforcement investigations. She has advised clients in commercial transactions involving FERC-jurisdictional assets, including regulatory due diligence related to the potential acquisition or financing of energy assets under FPA Section 203, and the issuance of securities under FPA Section 204. She has also assisted clients in obtaining certifications for exempt wholesale generators and qualifying facilities under the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005 (PUHCA) and the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA), respectively.  

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. In addition, she counseled clients participating in wholesale electric energy markets in evaluating potential FERC rules violations and, where appropriate, formulating remediation and self-reporting to FERC. 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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