Lisa Tonery is widely recognized as an innovator in the natural gas regulatory arena. She has represented clients in the energy industry on regulatory strategy, compliance and transactional matters for more than 25 years.

Lisa focuses her practice on the development of energy infrastructure, including LNG terminals, natural gas pipelines and natural gas storage facilities, as well as related transactional and financing matters. She routinely advises companies on securing permits and authorizations for major energy projects and has extensive experience with proceedings before the FERC, the DOE, the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), and other agencies.

At the forefront of her field, Lisa helped a client obtain the first authorization issued by the DOE to export domestic natural gas as LNG to all trading partners, and represented the first bi-directional LNG terminals proposed in the United States in proceedings before the FERC.

Lisa has been recognized as a leading practitioner by both Chambers Global and Chambers USA for many years. In 2016, she was named an Energy & Environmental Law Trailblazer by the National Law Journal.

    • Represented the developer of the first LNG export project in the U.S. Lower-48 authorized to liquefy and export domestic natural gas as LNG. The matter involved permitting and associated financing matters, including obtaining regulatory approvals from FERC to site, construct and operate LNG export facilities and from DOE to export domestic natural gas supplies as LNG from the Continental United States.
    • Representation of multiple project developers with respect to applications and regulatory issues and proceedings associated with the siting, construction, commissioning and operation of LNG terminals on the Gulf Coast, East Coast, West Coast and in Puerto Rico.
    • Representation of developers of interstate natural gas pipeline facilities, including pipelines developed to transport shale gas and cross-border pipelines, in all aspects of FERC certificate, tariff and rate proceedings under the Natural Gas Act, as related to permitting, and construction, as well as commercial matters, including the drafting of open season documents and pipeline transportation agreements.
    • Representation of interstate natural gas pipelines in establishing procedures for compliance with FERC Standards of Conduct and in all other compliance matters.
    • Representation of clients in audits conducted by FERC's Office of Enforcement.
    • Representation of developers of natural gas storage projects in all aspects of FERC certificate, tariff, and rate proceedings under the Natural Gas Act, as related to permitting, construction, compliance and commercial matters.
    • Representation of clients in proceedings before PHMSA regarding interpretation and application of regulations by FERC.
    • Representation of project developers and owners in the acquisition of new generating projects and the restructuring of existing projects, providing regulatory advice and obtaining all requisite FERC approvals.
    • Representation of a power plant owner in proceedings before the FERC to establish the operational and pricing rules for the New York independent System Operator.
    • Representation of interstate oil and products pipelines in contested proceedings pertaining to rate and tariff issues before the FERC and in judicial appeals.