Lisa Tonery


New York

Lisa 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.

At the forefront of her field, Lisa helped a client obtain the first authorization from 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 FERC.

Lisa is recognized both nationally and globally as a leading practitioner by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, and The Legal 500 for more than a decade.

“Lisa Tonery comes highly recommended for her considerable expertise in representing major clients in high-value LNG proceedings . . . Sources say: ‘She's an expert . . . she really understands the critical issues.’” (Chambers Global 2021)

"Client-focused, business-minded and dogged in the pursuit of her clients' interests. Her depth of knowledge is best-in-class. She has extensive relationships with FERC at all levels and is very pleasant to work with." (Chambers USA 2021)

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Interstate natural gas pipelines in establishing procedures for compliance with FERC Standards of Conduct and in all other compliance matters.
    • Clients in audits conducted by FERC's Office of Enforcement.
    • 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.
    • Clients in proceedings before PHMSA regarding interpretation and application of regulations by FERC.
    • 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.
    • A power plant owner in proceedings before the FERC to establish the operational and pricing rules for the New York independent System Operator.
    • Interstate oil and products pipelines in contested proceedings pertaining to rate and tariff issues before the FERC and in judicial appeals.