David Schwartz is a “creative and effective” lawyer of “outstanding quality” who has a “strong technical understanding of the law and the power market.” Clients say he has a “thoughtful, hard-working and solution-oriented approach to matters”, “is able to provide immediate, effective counsel on fast-moving regulatory policy," and appreciate his “natural leadership and ability to highlight particular concerns in a constructive way."Chambers USA 2016-2018

David L. Schwartz

  • 555 Eleventh Street, NW
  • Suite 1000
  • Washington, D.C. 20004-1304
  • USA

David Schwartz is a partner in the Finance Department of Latham & Watkins' Washington, D.C. office. He serves as Global Chair of the Energy Regulatory & Markets Practice, is a member of the Project Finance Practice, and is Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Power Industry Group. He has extensive experience representing entities involved in electric generation, transmission and distribution, electric and gas marketing and trading, and gas transportation and distribution.

Mr. Schwartz has been active in the formation of the developing electricity markets in the United States; led transactional and regulatory teams in mergers and acquisitions and divestitures of energy companies and assets; litigated contract, rate, and transmission access disputes; and drafted federal and state energy legislation. He also has extensive experience in negotiating power purchase and sale agreements, electric transmission agreements, natural gas transportation agreements, energy management agreements, and electric and gas interconnection agreements.

Mr. Schwartz regularly advises clients on energy matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), various state public utility commissions, the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the Department of Energy (DOE). 

Mr. Schwartz is consistently recognized as a top energy attorney in Corporate Counsel Magazine, Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who Legal: Energy, Chambers USA, Chambers Global, and The Legal 500 US. The Legal 500 US recently selected him as a Leading Lawyer for energy transactional work, and recommended him for his energy regulatory and renewable energy work.

Mr. Schwartz is a member of the American Bar Association and has held leadership positions in the Energy Bar Association.

Recent publications of Mr. Schwartz include:

  • Co-author, “What FERC Can – And Cannot – Do Without A Quorum,” Law360 (February 2017)
  • Editor and Author of Preface, “The Energy and Markets Review,” Law Business Research Ltd. (Annual Publication 2012 2016)
  • Co-author, “The Energy and Markets Review – USA,” Law Business Research Ltd. (Annual Publication 2012 2016)

  • Co-author, "Independent Transmission in the United States," Project Finance International (March 2003)

  • Co-author, “Real Promise or False Hope: DOE’s Title XVII Loan Guarantee,” The Electricity Journal (May 2009)

Mr. Schwartz’s significant recent matters, include:

  • Representing utilities and other energy companies before FERC, DOE, and state regulatory commissions in New York, Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, California, New Hampshire, and Virginia on rate, market, merger, affiliate, and enforcement matters
  • Assisting generator clients with respect to the creation of electricity markets, and the development of market rules in New England (ISO-NE), New York (NYISO), the Mid-Atlantic (PJM), California (CAISO), the Mid-West (MISO), the Southwest (SWPP), and Texas (ERCOT)
  • Representing renewable developers in NY, New England, Mid-Atlantic, Mid-West, Southwest, and California on matters before FERC, state regulators, and regional electricity markets
  • Leading regulatory counsel for administrative agents in acquisitions of 4000 MW of generation from TECO Panda (Union Power/El Dorado and Gila River), and 3,700 MW from subsidiaries of National Energy and Gas Transmission (Harquahala, Millennium, Covert, and Athens)
  • Restructuring the power sale, transmission, and interconnection contracts for independent power producers, including Cogentrix Richmond, Cogentrix Rocky Mount, Sithe/Independence Power Partners, Doswell Power, and Commonwealth Atlantic
  • Representing generator and power marketing entities in various investigations relating to the electric power industry brought by FERC, SEC, CFTC, the Attorney General of Connecticut, the California State Senate, the ISO-New England, and the Texas Public Utilities Commission
  • Representing power and gas purchasers and sellers of electricity and gas products, using standard electric (EEI, WSPP, and ISDA Power Annex forms), gas (NAESB, GISB, and ISDA Gas Annex forms), and financial swap (ISDA forms) master form implementation agreements
  • Drafting and negotiating energy and asset management agreements for energy/asset managers and generator owners, including LS Power, Mach Gen, Entegra, and Sithe Energies
  • Regularly obtains Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approvals and makes periodic compliance filings under Sections 203, 204, and 205 of the Federal Power Act

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