Bob Edwards

Partner

Atlanta
Business Phone: 404.885.3134
Business Fax: 404.962.6550

bob.edwards@troutmansanders.com

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Bob Edwards represents businesses with respect to antitrust, competition and economic regulation matters, including public utility rate and financial regulation. Electric utilities retain him with respect to state and federal public utility regulation, antitrust law and related power system franchise and commercial matters, including the joint development, ownership and operation of generation and transmission assets among competing utility systems. Bob’s practice embraces counseling and compliance, regulatory audit defense as well as transaction planning and negotiation in light of regulatory requirements, securing FERC and state regulatory approvals, and litigation.

Representative Matters

Regulated Industries

  • Defense of FERC financial, affiliate transaction and tariff compliance audits
  • Negotiated co-owner agreements necessary for the construction and operation of new nuclear generating units.
  • Representation of utilities in franchised service rights and competition litigation.
  • Representing utilities concerning required regulatory approvals for business reorganizations, acquisitions, and expansions, including combination of a major Midwestern utility with major energy marketer, merger of Southwestern utilities, Southeastern utility system divestiture of major independent energy affiliate, development of new generating companies, development and divestiture of an independent transmission company, and diversification into energy services and telecommunications business lines.
  • Responsible for development of a control area coordination agreement between a major Southeastern utility and a large wholesale customer group embedded within its control area.

Antitrust

  • Representation of public utilities and energy companies in antitrust cases, including representation of an electric utility in a successful challenge to municipal power system tying practices, and representation of a major energy marketer and public utility with respect to California electricity crisis litigation.
  • Representation of major electric utility system in successful defenses of Sherman act section one and two claims brought by an independent power producer, monopolization claims brought by a wholesale customer concerning federal power marketing, monopoly leveraging challenges to energy services diversification by a public utility, and regulatory defense of allegations of violations of transmission access requirements.
  • Representation of a major electric utility in competition litigation and administration of territorial regulation.

Telecommunications

  • Representation of major utility system concerning telecommunications diversification, including the formation and operation of a regional digital commercial mobile radio service carrier.

Power System Development

  • Representation of electric utilities in regulatory, commercial and labor matters pertaining to nuclear, fossil and hydroelectric operations, including commercial disputes pertaining to nuclear operations, negotiation and implementation of multi-owner agreements for the ownership and operation of major fossil, hydro and nuclear generating plants, including expansion of existing co-owned nuclear plant to accommodate additional units.
  • Representation of utility systems in RTO development efforts and RTO relationship issues.

Employment Matters

  • Representation of public utilities in labor and employment matters, including labor, equal opportunity, internal investigations and corporate compliance.

Nuclear Regulation

  • Representation of a lead owner/operator of an existing nuclear generating station with municipal and cooperative co-owners in negotiation and administration of agreements permitting additional units at the existing site and providing for participation in these units on a co-owned basis.

Publications

  • Co-author, "Coal and Nuclear - A History Worth Repeating?", Energy and Environmental Law360, April 7, 2010.
  • Contributor, ABA Energy Antitrust Law Handbook (Forthcoming 2009).
  • Contributor, ABA Antitrust Law Developments (2008).
  • “Introduction to Federal Antitrust Law,” Mathew Bender, Energy Law & Transactions (2001 to date).
  • “Mergers and Joint Ventures,” Mathew Bender, Energy Law and Transactions (2000 to date).
  • “Application of Antitrust Law to Federal Energy Marketers,” Mathew Bender, Energy Law and Transactions (2004 to date).
  • “Relationship Between Federal Antitrust Laws and Federal and State Regulation of Energy Industries,” Mathew Bender, Energy Law and Transactions (2000 update to date).
  • “The Current Direction of Public Utility Restructuring: Patterns of Change and Continuity,” Public Utility Reports Conference: Managing Change in a Utility Workforce Under Deregulation, November 10, 1997.
  • “Examining the Federal Retroactivity Debate,” Robert P. Edwards, Jr. and Jesse P. Schaudies, Jr., January, 1993 issue of Fulton Daily Report, Employment Law.

Rankings and Recognition

  • Recognized as one of America's Leading Lawyers for Energy and Natural Resources by Chambers USA (2010-2016).
  • Named “Energy Law Atlanta Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers (2014).
  • Named to the Top Rated Lawyers Guide to Energy/Environmental/Natural Resources Law (2012).
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in Energy Law (2007-2015).

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP, 1986-present
  • Associate, Troutman Sanders Lockerman & Ashmore, 1977-1985

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Education

  • University of Chicago, J.D., 1977
  • Princeton University, A.B., magna cum laude, 1974

Bar Admissions

  • 1977 Georgia
  • 2007 North Carolina

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit