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Thomas S. DeVita


Washington, D.C.
Business Phone: 202.274.2856
Business Fax: 202.274.2994


Thomas DeVita is an associate in the Energy section of Troutman Sanders, working in the firm’s Washington D.C.-based Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) practice group. Thomas’ practice is primarily focused on the representation of investor-owned utilities and merchant generators before FERC, with a particular emphasis on electric transmission, FERC-jurisdictional rates and tariffs (both cost-of-service and market-based), and rules governing the regulation of organized wholesale markets.


Thomas has particular expertise in the area of electric reliability. Prior to joining Troutman Sanders, he served as in-house counsel at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) where he worked in the Corporate and Regulatory Matters section of the NERC legal department. He also served as a staff attorney for NERC Compliance Investigations, attorney-liaison to the stakeholder-led Compliance and Certification Committee, and worked on a wide variety of functional entity registration/deregistration issues, including those involving Coordinated Functional Registrations (“CFRs”) and Joint Registration Organizations (“JROs”). Additionally, he worked on many corporate governance issues including committee (industry, regional, and Board-level) charters, internal corporate policies, and matters involving the NERC Board of Trustees. 

Professional Experience

  • Associate, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2014 – present
  • Associate Counsel, North American Electric Reliability Corporation, 2013 – 2014
  • Law Clerk, North American Electric Reliability Corporation, 2012 – 2013
  • Legal Intern, California Independent System Operator, 2012
  • Legal Intern, Solar Energy Industries Association, 2011 – 2012
  • Legal Intern, Horizon Wind Energy, 2011



  • American University, J.D., 2013
  • Wake Forest University, B.A., 2009

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • North Carolina