Hornstein focuses his practice on federal regulatory and transactional energy issues, with an emphasis in the electricity and renewable energy sectors. He provides counsel on energy-related enforcement and compliance issues that arise before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state utility commissions and other federal and state regulatory agencies. He also advises clients on corporate transactions and governance matters.
Hornstein joins DLA Piper from Day Pitney LLP, having also served as general counsel and vice president at Trans Bay Cable LLC and vice president of its parent company SteelRiver Transmission Company LLC. Hornstein began his energy law career with FERC, where he worked alongside DLA Piper’s Lee Alexander and served as legal advisor to two FERC chairmen, providing policy and legal guidance on all issues affecting the electric utility industry.
“Mike brings to the firm an impressive regulatory skill set in the electricity and power industries which, combined with our first-rate Corporate and Finance practice, will strengthen our capabilities in the areas of energy M&A, project development and commodity trading, among others,” said Bob Gruendel, global chair of DLA Piper’s Energy practice. “He is a highly recognized authority in the complex areas of energy regulation and corporate compliance and will benefit our clients seeking the most sophisticated guidance in this rapidly changing space.”
“Mike’s deep experience, particularly his previous roles at FERC and a leading energy transmission company, complements the firm’s corporate and regulatory strengths,” said Alexander. “His addition underscores the firm’s commitment to continue building a preeminent energy practice in order to meet the needs of energy companies around the world across a range of sectors.”
Hornstein is a member of the Energy Bar Association, where he was chairman of the Power Generation and Marketing Committee in 2006. He earned a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law and a B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany.
“Having worked with Lee for 20 years, I’m excited to once again be his colleague,” added Hornstein. “DLA Piper’s global, full-service energy platform will provide me with significant opportunities to grow my practice and collaborate with the firm’s other talented practitioners.”
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