Jennifer S. Amerkhail is an accomplished energy lawyer with more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry. A former lawyer with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and in-house counsel for an electric utility, Ms. Amerkhail brings comprehensive business, legal and technical experience to representing energy industry clients.
Before joining Jenner & Block, Ms. Amerkhail served as the assistant general counsel of FERC Legal at Fortune 500 utility company Entergy, where she provided leadership, strategic advice and counseling for internal legal resources and business partners to solve legal, regulatory and compliance issues before FERC and regional transmission organizations.
In her 16 years at FERC, Ms. Amerkhail held a number of roles, including team lead on important issues like the California Energy Crisis and formation of certain regional transmission organizations, advisor to FERC Commissioner Linda Breathitt, acting deputy director for the central energy market regulation division, expert witness in the administrative litigation division, and finally, as an appellate lawyer in FERC’s Solicitor’s Office. In the latter role, she briefed and argued cases before the First, Seventh and DC Circuits, defending FERC’s decisions on electric markets and rates, hydroelectric licensing, natural gas pipeline project certification, oil rates and enforcement matters. Ms. Amerkhail was the go-to lawyer for transmission cost allocation appeals during that time, handling four major appeals, including a case that established the “roughly commensurate” cost-benefit standard for FERC cost causation decisions.
She was part of a lead team that marshalled through the first major refinements to FERC’s open access rules, Order No. 890, and defended on appeal FERC’s Order No. 1000, which instituted significant transmission planning and cost allocation reforms. Early in her FERC career, she evaluated merger applications and drafted opinions on initial decisions from administrative law judges. Ms. Amerkhail began her career in the electric utility industry at the Lower Colorado River Authority in Texas as a marketer of power and ancillary services, conservation planner and load forecasting analyst.
A graduate of Brown University in environmental studies, she received her law degree from The George Washington University Law School with honors.