Katie Leesman

Associate

leesmank@ballardspahr.com
Tel 202.661.2266
Fax 202.661.2299
Washington, DC

Katie Leesman counsels energy industry clients on energy regulatory and transactional matters, including community solar projects. Katie is experienced in drafting revisions to market-based rate tariffs, preparing and reviewing Power Purchase Agreements and regulatory documents to prepare due diligence reports, preparing informational report filings, and drafting Natural Gas Act Section 7 applications.

Representative Matters

  • Represent natural gas shippers in rate filings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Counsel independent power producers and electric power marketers in transactional and regulatory matters involving the Federal Power Act, Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, and Energy Policy Act of 2005
  • Provides counsel to two independent electric system operators
  • Provides counsel to a large electric distribution cooperative
  • Assisted with the representation of Pacific Northwest utilities in the California Refund Proceeding before FERC
  • Assisted with the representation of a nonprofit public benefit corporation in its enforcement proceeding against a California market participant
  • Counseled independent power producers and electric power marketers in transactional and regulatory matters involving the Federal Power Act, Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, and Energy Policy Act of 2005
  • Counseled natural gas companies on the regulatory requirements of the Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

Before entering law school, Katie worked as a legal policy analyst for Dell Inc.'s government affairs group. She served internships with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Administrative Litigation in the summers of 2009 and 2010. In spring 2010, she was a law clerk to the Office of Enforcement and Compliance, National Planning, Measures, and Analysis of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Professional Activities

President, Women's Energy Network

American Bar Association

Energy Bar Association

Recognition & Accomplishments

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals and Superior Court of the District of Columbia named Katie to the Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll in 2014, for providing 100 hours of pro bono service in the prior calendar year.

Publications

Co-author, "Oregon Creates Community Solar Program", Ballard Spahr alert, March 16, 2016

Co-author, "Maryland Public Service Commission Issues Draft Regulations Implementing Community Solar Pilot Program," Ballard Spahr alert, November 19, 2015

Co-author, "Threading the Needle on Gas/Electric Coordination: Who Has To Change and Who Has To Pay?" American Bar Association's Trends, Vol. 45 No. 5, May/June 2014

Co-author, "The Potential Impact of New Pipeline Safety Legislation on PHMSA's Regulatory Initiatives," Pipeline & Gas Journal, April 2012

Co-author, "The National Transportation Safety Board's Report on San Bruno: Implications for Pipeline Safety," Pipeline & Gas Journal, November 2011

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, "Community Solar Update – State-Specific Programs and Implementation," Ballard Spahr webinar, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2017

Speaker, "Community Solar Update – State- Specific Legislations and Regulations," Ballard Spahr webinar, Washington, D.C., February 23, 2016 

Board Memberships

Women's Energy Network, 2012-present


American University, Washington College of Law (J.D. 2011, cum laude)
Member, American University International Law Review; Member, Moot Court Honor Society

Mary Washington College (B.A. 2004, cum laude)
Member, Pi Sigma Alpha; Member, Phi Alpha Theta

District of Columbia