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Adrienne L. Thompson


Business Phone: 503.290.2347
Business Fax: 503.290.2405


Adrienne Thompson represents a variety of energy industry clients on matters ranging from state and federal regulatory compliance to power purchase agreements and other transactions. Her practice focuses particularly on administrative issues before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), especially as they concern the Federal Power Act and the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978.

Prior to joining Troutman Sanders, Adrienne served as the 2014-2016 Energy Law Scholar and Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI) Research Associate at George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C. Her work for SEI included research into integrated resource planning in New England and the Pacific Northwest, as well as policies to protect low-income ratepayers as electric utility regulatory structures and business models evolve. In addition, her scholarship has spanned such topics as the anti-market manipulation enforcement authority of FERC, the cross-jurisdictional electric system planning impacts of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, as well as policy solutions for supporting financially struggling nuclear energy generators in restructured wholesale electricity markets.

Adrienne graduated with highest honors from the Energy and Environmental Law L.L.M. program at George Washington University Law School. She is also a cum laude graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School where she earned a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources law and served as the editor-in-chief of Environmental Law. Following law school, Adrienne clerked at the Oregon Supreme Court for Justice Jack L. Landau.

Publications and Presentations

  • Adrienne L. Thompson, "Preparing for the Energy Future by Creating it," 7 J. Energy & Envtl. L. 215 (2016) (recipient of the 2016 Jamie Grodsky Prize for Environmental Law Scholarship at George Washington University Law School).
  • Adrienne L. Thompson, "Protecting Low-Income Ratepayers as the Electricity System Evolves," 37 Energy L. J. 265 (2016).
  • Adrienne L. Thompson, "Short and Long-Term Solutions for Struggling Commercial Nuclear Energy Generators in Restructured Wholesale Markets," J. Energy & Envtl. L. (2015-2016 Paper Series).
  • Panelist and Presenter, “The ‘Public Interest’ Standard of Utility Regulation,” George Washington University Law School J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Environmental Law Symposium, The Electricity Mix of the Future: Environment, Economics, and Governance (March 2016).
  • Adrienne L. Thompson,"A Comparative Examination of Energy Federalism Constraints in the United States and Australia," Geo. Wash. Univ. Law School Envtl. & Energy Perspectives (Fall 2014).

Professional Experience

  • Energy Law Scholar and Senior Research Associate, George Washington University Law School Environmental and Energy Law Program and Sustainable Energy Initiative, 2014-2016
  • Judicial Clerk, Oregon Supreme Court, 2013-2014



  • George Washington University Law School, LL.M., Highest Honors, 2018
    Energy and Environmental Law
  • Lewis and Clark College, J.D., cum laude, 2013
    Editor in Chief, Environmental Law, certificate in Environment and Natural Resources Law
  • Walla Walla University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2008

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit