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Kurt H. Jacobs


Washington, D.C.
Business Phone: 202.274.2871
Business Fax: 202.274.2994


Kurt Jacobs represents clients on a variety of litigation and administrative regulatory matters, particularly in the area of energy regulatory law. He advises natural gas pipeline companies, shippers and LDCs with respect to federal energy regulatory matters, including FERC rate and certificate proceedings and compliance matters. He has experience litigating regulatory matters relating to oil pipelines, including matters relating to the Trans Alaska Pipeline System that included evidentiary hearings before the FERC and Regulatory Commission of Alaska and appellate proceedings before the D.C. Circuit. He represents electric utilities on matters relating to the deregulation and restructuring of the electric utility industry, including the preparation of asset purchase and sale, power supply and interconnection agreements relating to divestitures and related federal and state filings, and applications for market-based rate authority, including preparation of market power analyses.

Kurt received a B.A. degree summa cum laude from Yale University in 1982, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. From 1982 to 1985, he was an Exceptions and Appeals Analyst in the Office of Hearings and Appeals of the U.S. Department of Energy. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Yale Law School in 1990, where he was Managing Editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable T.S. Ellis III of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Kurt received the 2014 “Laura N. Rinaldi Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award” from the District of Columbia Bar for his outstanding commitment to pro bono service.

Representative Matters

  • Represented natural gas LDC and electric utility as intervenor shippers in interstate natural gas pipeline rate case at FERC, 2014-2016.
  • Represented electric utilities before the Fifth Circuit in challenge to FERC orders implementing in the southwestern United States FERC’s Order 1000 (regional electric transmission planning and construction), 2015-2016.
  • Represented electric utility before the Seventh Circuit, including oral argument before that court, in successful defense of FERC orders determining whether electric transmission owner, MISO or generator should pay network upgrade costs associated with interconnection of generator, 2015.
  • Represent and counsel interstate natural gas pipelines with respect to FERC regulatory matters, including Section 5 complaint proceedings, tariff issues, the preparation and filing of applications for certificates of public convenience and necessity, Standards of Conduct issues, and automatic and prior notice blanket certificate construction issues, 2005 to the present.
  • Counsel gas local distribution companies, and intrastate and Hinshaw pipelines, in matters pertaining to FERC regulations, including the preparation, filing and amendment of Statements of Operating Conditions, Section 7(f) of the Natural Gas Act and limited jurisdiction blanket certificates, and FERC Standards of Conduct issues, 2012-present.
  • Represented crude oil shipper in proceedings before FERC, the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) and the D.C. Circuit regarding Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) Carriers’ tariff provisions, 1993-2007.
  • Advise fund managers and other investors in energy sector with respect to Federal Power Act Section 203 issues and Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005 issues, 2005-present.


Professional Experience

  • Counsel, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2014-present
  • Counsel, Sidley Austin LLP, 1991-2014



  • Yale University, J.D., 1990
  • Yale University, summa cum laude, 1982
    Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • 1993 District of Columbia
  • 1990 Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia