Windels Marx is pleased to announce that Gregory Eisenstark has joined the firm as Partner, resident in the New Brunswick, NJ office. Joining him is Michael J. Connolly as Special Counsel, resident in the Madison, NJ office. Both lawyers bring with them significant experience in energy and utility matters, including prominent roles at Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) and GPU Service, Inc., respectively.
Robert J. Luddy, Managing Partner of Windels Marx, said, "Greg and Michael bring with them a business and legal acumen in the energy sector. They are formidable practitioners and we are pleased to have them join our firm."
Anthony R. Coscia leads the firm's Infrastructure Development and Finance Practice Group and added, "Clients across the Northeast are facing unprecedented challenges as a result of aging infrastructure, vulnerable energy and utility assets from recent catastrophic weather events, an increased regulatory environment, and competition from alternative energy sources. Greg and Michael's experience will be instrumental to our Infrastructure clients as they meet these challenges head on."
The Infrastructure Development and Finance Practice Group represents sponsors, investors, financiers, governments and others -- on both routine and complex projects across many sectors and industries, including energy, as well as aviation and airports, surface transport, maritime, water, waste, and cultural, sports, entertainment and public facilities.
About Gregory Eisenstark, Partner
Gregory Eisenstark maintains a comprehensive energy and utility regulatory practice, with experience in base rate cases, rate clause filings, reliability issues, transmission project siting applications, renewable energy, demand response and energy efficiency issues, regulatory audits, utility financing issues, formula rate cases, and transmission incentive rate filings. He has experience in administrative rulemaking, drafting legislation and counseling on energy policy and legislative matters, as well as appellate experience in both state and federal courts.
Mr. Eisenstark has personally litigated hundreds of utility rate and regulatory filings to successful completion. He was the main drafter of New Jersey legislation permitting utilities to own renewable generation and energy efficiency measures and to earn a full return on the investment. He also successfully defended, in both state and federal courts, a New Jersey Board of Public Utilities decision allowing utilities to retain ownership of renewable energy certificates for pre-existing power purchase contracts.
Prior to joining Windels Marx, Mr. Eisenstark was Senior Counsel in the energy practice group of Morgan Lewis. Before that, he served as Associate General Regulatory Counsel for Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), where he represented PSEG's operating companies in regulatory matters before the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, other state utility commissions, and in state and federal courts.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Eisenstark was Managing Attorney - Electric for the New Jersey Division of Ratepayer Advocate, where he represented utility customers in matters before regulatory agencies and courts. In that position, Mr. Eisenstark played an active role in the transformation of the PJM Interconnection from a power pool to an independent system operator. Before that, Mr. Eisenstark was a Deputy Attorney General of New Jersey, where he represented the Board of Public Utilities and Department of Environmental Protection in utility and solid waste industry matters.
Mr. Eisenstark earned his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law - Newark and his B.A. in biology from Oberlin College. Mr. Eisenstark is admitted to practice in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. He has spoken on energy and utility issues for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the New Jersey State Bar Association, and at other industry conferences. He has also been a guest lecturer on utility rate issues at Rutgers University School of Law and Seton Hall University School of Law.
About Michael J. Connolly, Special Counsel
Michael Connolly focuses his practice on state and federal public utility law, energy policy, and energy- and utility-related transactions. In addition, he advises clients on general corporate business and compliance issues, as well as on related transactions.
Prior to Windels Marx, he was Counsel at Morgan Lewis in the Energy Practice Group. In addition to his private practice, he served as Vice President for Law at GPU Service, Inc., (including energy companies such as Jersey Central Power & Light, Metropolitan Edison Company, and Pennsylvania Electric Company before it merged with FirstEnergy Corp.), where he was responsible for the legal and claims departments of the aforementioned companies, and provided guidance regarding their legal needs.
Mr. Connolly earned his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1981, where he received the Taintor Memorial Award for Conflicts of Law. He earned an M.Ed. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education in 1976 and his B.A. from Cathedral College in 1974.
Mr. Connolly is a member of the Edison Electric Institute's Legal Committee, the American Corporate Counsel Association, the New Jersey Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. He is also Vice-Chair and Member, Legal Advisory Committee, of Nuclear Electric Insurance, Ltd., and the Former Editor of the Berks County Law Journal. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.