Sharon represents a broad range of clients on issues relating to the regulation of hydroelectric projects before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, federal and state regulatory agencies, and the U.S. Courts of Appeal. She has significant experience providing counsel on licensing and environmental matters under Part I of the Federal Power Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and other statutes affecting energy development. In addition, Sharon regularly represents clients’ interests in a range of hydroelectric regulatory proceedings, including licensing and relicensing, preliminary permits, license transfers and amendments, and compliance matters. On behalf of the hydroelectric industry, Sharon has prepared amicus curiae briefs before several U.S. Courts of Appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court. Sharon also represents a large group of hydroelectric licensees in challenges to federal agencies’ annual charges for costs incurred in administering Part I of the FPA.
Complimenting her hydroelectric practice, Sharon also assists electric industry clients on issues relating to the development and acquisition of power projects, market-based rate authorizations, and related regulatory compliance. She has assisted generator interconnection customers through the generator interconnection process in requests to interconnect to transmission owners in PJM and other organized markets, and also advises clients on their compliance with the requirements of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA).
Currently, Sharon serves as co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Hydro Committee in the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. She also is actively involved with the National Hydropower Association. Prior to and during law school, Sharon was a paralegal and law clerk at Van Ness Feldman, focusing primarily on hydroelectric relicensing and electric practice issues.
Sharon’s pro bono activities include representation of adoptive parents and guardians through the Children’s Law Center.
The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
J.D., magna cum laude, 2010
Note and Comment Editor, Catholic University Law Review
Paralegal Certification, 2004
University of Hartford
B.A., summa cum laude, 2001
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
American Bar Association
Current Co-Chair, Hydro Committee, Section on the Environment, Energy and Resources
Former Vice Chair for Year in Review 2013-2015
Energy Bar Association
National Hydropower Association (NHA)
Women's Council on Energy and the Environment