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Philip F. Ricketts
Phil Ricketts represents energy and telecommunications clients in rate cases, mergers, acquisitions, power sales and other regulatory matters, with particular focus on contested cases and rulemaking proceedings at the Public Utility Commission of Texas. Mr. Ricketts also has experience in judicial appeals of these proceedings’ determinations. He also has participated in regulatory proceedings in several other states.
Mr. Ricketts’ clients include electric utilities, nuclear, wind and other independent power producers, cogenerators, fuel suppliers and transporters, telecommunications providers and broadband over power line providers.
At the agency level, Mr. Ricketts has represented clients in rate cases, merger and acquisition approvals, licensing proceedings, local franchising, tariff and contractual disputes, claims of anti-competitive conduct, and industry restructuring proceedings. In addition, he has served as an expert witness in state and federal court litigation, and has participated in numerous business transactions involving utility issues.
Mr. Ricketts has been involved in utility regulation since 1976. He is a former commissioner and chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT). He also served as chief of the utility section of the Texas Attorney General's Office and as the chief administrative law judge of the PUCT. He served as lead counsel in the first electric utility rate proceeding at the PUCT following industry restructuring in 2001.
Served as lead counsel for AEP Texas Central Company and AEP Texas North Company in three transmission and distribution rate cases filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas. Currently represents AEP Texas Central Company in the judicial appeal of its 2008 rate case.
Represented Public Service Company of Oklahoma in an electric utility rate case before the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.
Represented a Canadian pension fund and the sovereign wealth fund of the Government of Singapore in the acquisition of 20 percent of the common stock of Oncor Energy.
Served as lead counsel for CURRENT Communications, a broadband over power line provider, in a litigation and regulatory dispute with AT&T over pole attachment issues.
Served as Texas regulatory counsel for PNM Resources in its acquisition of TNP Enterprises. Also led the Texas due diligence effort in that transaction.
Served as Texas regulatory counsel for Central and South West Corporation in its merger with American Electric Power Company Inc. Assisted in the filing and litigation of requests for approval of the merger in agency proceedings in Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Represented AEP Texas Central Company as lead counsel in the first electric utility rate proceeding at the PUCT following industry restructuring.
Represented Central Power and Light Company as lead counsel in various major rate cases at the PUCT.
Represented Central Power and Light Company, West Texas Utilities Company, and Southwestern Electric Power Company as lead counsel in various industry restructuring proceedings at the PUCT.
Represented American Electric Power Company in numerous judicial appeals of regulatory decisions by the PUCT.
Provided counsel to various wind power producers regarding Texas regulatory matters.
Served as Texas regulatory and legislative counsel to Current Communications in a transaction involving the provision of broadband service over power lines.
Served as co-lead counsel to Portland General Electric Company in a rate and restructuring proceeding at the Public Utility Commission of Oregon.
Represented Central Power and Light Company as co-lead counsel in a PUCT proceeding investigating an outage of a nuclear plant.
Represented Central Power and Light Company in a PUCT proceeding involving construction prudence of a nuclear plant.
Participated as regulatory counsel in numerous transactions involving the sale and acquisition of power generation facilities.
Provided regulatory advice to various independent power producers in transactions involving power sales.
Represented several competitive local exchange and interconnection companies in licensing proceedings at the PUCT.
Represented Sprint Communications as lead counsel in a judicial appeal of a state regulatory proceeding involving creation of area codes and in a subsequent Federal Communications Commission proceeding.
Represented various telecommunications providers in negotiations with municipalities regarding local franchises.
Represented various telecommunications providers and users in tariff disputes.
Represented various electric utilities in municipal franchise disputes.
Provided expert testimony for an electric utility in a lawsuit involving power outages.
Provided expert testimony regarding state regulatory issues in a federal antitrust case and in a state antitrust case.
Publications and Speeches
Mr. Ricketts has spoken frequently on the subject of utility regulation at various seminars.
J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 1973
B.A., Baylor University, 1967
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
Board Certified, Administrative Law - Texas Board of Legal Specialization
State Bar of Texas, Public Utility Law Section
State Bar of Texas, Administrative Law Section
Chambers & Partners, Chambers USA, Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation (Electricity), 2011-2016
Woodward/White, Inc., Best Lawyers, 2008-2017
Thomson Reuters, Texas Super Lawyers, 2003, 2004, 2007
Former Chair, Public Utility Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, Former Chair, 1986-1987, 2003-2004
Former Chair, Administrative Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, Former Chair, 1989-1990