Dickinson Wright PLLC Attorneys to Host Energy Legislation Seminar

Dickinson Wright PLLC Attorneys to Host Energy Legislation Seminar

11/21/2008
John M. Dempsey, and Erin E. Gravelyn, attorneys in Dickinson Wright's Energy practice, will speak at a seminar entitled 2008 Michigan Energy Legislation: What it Does, What it Means to Your Business and What You Can do to Save Energy Costs on Tuesday, December 2, 2008. The seminar will be held at the Michigan State University Management Education Center in Troy, Michigan. Registration and breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m., while the program lasts from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The cost is $20. The State of Michigan recently has enacted complex legislation which creates an entirely new energy policy for Michigan, substantially alters the way the state will regulate utilities, and which places commercial customers at risk for increased costs. The bills also mandate increasing production of the state's electricity from renewable resources, with customers paying those costs. Dickinson Wright's experienced team will address this new legislation and its impact on large commercial energy customers, and will provide insight on how to navigate this new, far-reaching and complicated energy policy. The seminar will cover energy legislation overview; implications for consumer energy customers; MPSC processes, utility cases and rule enforcement; and strategies for cost saving. About the speakers John M. Dempsey, has had nearly 30 years experience practicing before the Michigan Public Service Commission in the areas of energy and telecommunications law. During those years, Mr. Dempsey has successfully tried numerous general utility rate cases, complaint cases, licensing cases, and other types of contested case matters before federal and state public utility commissions on behalf of public and private clients. Beginning in 1980 as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan, Mr. Dempsey has served as first-chair litigator in multiple-day hearings that involved multi-million dollar issues. He has assisted clients through the rulemaking process, including successful challenges to unlawful rules on appeal. He has secured licenses for clients to obtain operating authority under regulatory statutes. His expertise provided a foundation to assist clients on many other statutory issues, and his experience has qualified him to serve on national and state bar organizations devoted to the study and improvement of the administrative law process. Currently, Mr. Dempsey serves as chief editor of the Administrative Law Review, the periodical publication of the Michigan State Bar's Ad Law Section. Erin E. Gravelyn, has practiced commercial litigation since 1993, handling a wide variety of matters including regulatory litigation, contract disputes, business tort and unfair trade practice litigation and appellate matters. She successfully has tried cases in both state and federal court and in arbitration. In the regulatory arena, Ms. Gravelyn has served as lead and co-trial counsel in numerous complaint, utility rate cases and other types of contested case matters before the Michigan Public Service Commission and in state and federal court, and has handled matters involving MPSC approval of telecommunications rates and related cost studies. She co-authored the chapter on "Breach of Fiduciary Duty" in Michigan Business Torts, 2d ed (ICLE 2003, 2007), and has spoken to several businesses on the topic of business torts and the structuring and enforcement of non-competition agreements. In 2007 and 2008, she taught courses on arbitration strategies and techniques for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. Ms. Gravelyn serves on the State Bar of Michigan Character and Fitness Committee and participates actively in a number of community organizations. She is past chair of the Grand Rapids Historic Preservation Commission and has given numerous presentations on urban planning and preservation principles, as well as on the subject of federal and state historic tax credits. For more information or to register for this seminar, contact Stephanie Johnson at 313-223-3007. Payments also can be made at the door. For more information about Dickinson Wright PLLC, please visit www.dickinsonwright.com.
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