J. Porter Wiseman

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld (Washington)
Lawyer (Associate)

Ms. Wiseman has represented electric utilities and other energy clients in proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), including merger proceedings, rate proceedings, and other wholesale rate and tariff filings. Ms. Wiseman also has experience with issues related to natural gas pipeline safety, and has performed due diligence related to the sale of generation facilities, including nuclear and hydropower stations. In addition, she has advised vertically integrated investor-owned utilities regarding FERC’s regulations governing affiliate transactions. Ms. Wiseman has also represented a major oil company in securities class action litigation. Ms. Wiseman also has represented clients on antitrust and telecommunications matters before the courts and the Federal Communications Commission, including a major international telecommunications litigation involving allegations of anticompetitive behavior. She has researched and analyzed antitrust and competition issues involving transactions and conduct in various industries, including next-generation wireless broadband, cable television and programming, and cross-ownership in cellular service in a developing nation. Ms. Wiseman also has advised clients in international arbitrations and represented clients pro bono in the fields of immigration, tenants’ rights, international human rights and voting rights. Ms. Wiseman served on the editorial board of the University of Virginia Law Review.

Linked authors

O’Melveny & Myers (Washington DC)
Bracewell & Giuliani (New York)
North American Electric Reliability Corporation (Washington)
Morrison & Foerster (Washington)


1039 Bulletin

Catherine P. McCarthy, Hugh E. Hilliard, J. Porter Wiseman, Roxann E. Henry, S. Shamai Elstein The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issues a notice of inquiry on potential changes to its merger review standards


On March 17, 2011, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued a Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”), [1] seeking comment on whether it should revise its approach to examining horizontal market power under Sections 203 and 205 of the Federal Power Act (“FPA”). FERC analyzes horizontal market power (...)

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