Patrick R. Cowlishaw

Jackson Walker (Dallas)
Lawyer (Partner)

Patrick R. Cowlishaw is a partner with Jackson Walker (Dallas). He conducts a complex business litigation and regulatory practice, primarily involving energy and utility matters. Mr. Cowlishaw litigates commercial and regulatory disputes in state and federal courts in and around Texas. He regularly appears before the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT), where he serves as trial counsel in significant contested proceedings and counsels clients on strategic, enforcement and compliance matters, and he assists clients in the stakeholder process and other matters at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and the Texas Reliability Entity. Mr. Cowlishaw offers deep experience in addressing the mix of economic and technical issues, as well as legal, that are central to success in fast-changing regulatory and industry environments, and in presenting those issues within the confines of agency hearing room, courtroom, or across the bargaining table. Mr. Cowlishaw’s recent experience before the Texas Commission includes first-chair representation of a transmission and distribution utility, a major wind power developer and renewable energy company, and other industry clients in a wide variety of contested matters, including: transmission and distribution utility base rate cases; proceedings to review an advanced metering deployment plan and establish related surcharges; proceedings to designate Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) to foster renewable energy development, to select a major transmission improvement plan to connect CREZ zones and load centers, and to establish financial commitment to renewable energy development in the Panhandle; complaint proceedings challenging ERCOT protocol revisions revising reactive power requirements for wind power projects; and rulemaking proceedings regarding periodic rate adjustments, energy efficiency, and the CREZ process. Mr. Cowlishaw is equally at home presenting these matters in judicial review proceedings. Mr. Cowlishaw’s experience includes complex regulatory proceedings to work through restructuring electric utility and telecommunications markets from traditional monopoly regulation to competition. He served as one of the lead trial attorneys for a Texas-based utility in prudence reviews of nuclear power plant investment and long-term purchased power contracts. Mr. Cowlishaw also has counseled and represented energy industry clients and others in environmental law regulatory matters, including all phases of the Superfund process. Mr. Cowlishaw’s litigation practice includes representation of energy clients and others in a broad range of commercial and financial disputes, oil and gas, antitrust, and environmental matters. Recently he has resolved breach of contract and fraud cases for oil and gas clients, and obtained summary judgment for an oil and gas client on implied partnership claims related to a high-value Barnett Shale transaction. He recently served as Special Master to decide technical discovery disputes in a federal breach of contract suit between telecommunications providers.

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Patrick R. Cowlishaw The US DoJ conditionally approves a merger upon the divestiture of several fibers carrying local private telephone calls between buildings, a majority of which are owned or controlled by the merging telecommunications firms in 19 metropolitan areas (SBC / AT&T)

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Editor’s Note: This article was written before the DOJ issued its Competitive Impact Statement on November 16, 2005 and before the FCC issued its Memorandum Opinion and Order on November 17, 2005. This article is based on the FCC’s press release of its decision to approve the mergers, the (...)

Patrick R. Cowlishaw The US DoJ requires a partial divestiture of local private telephone fibers in 19 cities before clearing a merger in the telecommunications industry (Verizon / MCI)

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Editor’s Note: This article was written before the DOJ issued its Competitive Impact Statement on November 16, 2005 and before the FCC issued its Memorandum Opinion and Order on November 17, 2005. This article is based on the FCC’s press release of its decision to approve the mergers, the (...)

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