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Phil's experience includes formulating comprehensive regulatory strategies across multiple jurisdictions, major litigation management, incident response leadership, and public company merger transitions. He delivers outstanding value by providing sound advice and frequently better-than-anticipated results across a wide range of business and legal challenges.

Phil previously served as Vice President of Administration and General Counsel for Prairie State Generating Company, where he also served as a member of the senior leadership team.

He developed legal operations systems from the ground up and was responsible for establishing legal strategy and managing day-to-day legal services, resolving legacy litigation, creating the framework for game-changing environmental regulatory permitting, enhancing collaboration and transparency, creating a new board member on-boarding program, and leading the comprehensive revision of corporate policies and vendor agreements.

He also served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel/Regulatory for NiSource as a member of the legal department leadership team. He provided proactive and strategic leadership to three business units and their senior leadership teams, while also breaking down silos and creating and executing on policy alignment initiatives.

Prior to joining NiSource, Phil was a partner at Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal (now Dentons) where he counseled utilities on economic regulation and reliability standards at both state and federal levels.

Phil joined Calfee in 2019.

Education

J.D., The John Marshall Law School, 1988

B.S., Illinois State University, 1984

Experience

Experience

  • Developed multi-state rate case strategies aligning positions between different state utilities; overcame disjointed positions historically taken by different utilities within parent.
  • Successfully negotiated resolution of OSHA action based on alleged lock out tag out violations; obtained reduction in severity of all willful citations and a reduction in fine by 40%; responsible for legal strategy, discovery, witness preparation, and negotiation.
  • Resolved utility tax overcharge for incorrect assessment of municipal taxes; worked with incumbent utility and local municipality to secure repayment program that considered economic stresses faced by municipality.
  • Led the prosecution of a FERC interstate pipeline rate case, exceeding internal goals and obtaining $100,000 award against an Intervenor for frivolous claims.
  • Obtained state regulatory commission approval allowing incumbent carrier to withdraw mandatory yet uneconomic services saving millions of dollars annually and reducing paper waste.
  • Led the successful negotiation of FERC audit penalty achieving a 70% reduction in amount sought by Enforcement.
  • Managed to conclusion the legal regulatory response to significant pipeline incidents before PHMSA; in each instance, result bested internal goals.
  • Successfully negotiated resolution of OSHA regulatory action brought after work-related amputation; obtained reduction in severity level and fine; responsible for legal strategy, discovery, witness preparation, and negotiation preparation.
  • Obtained Illinois’s first ever order approving gas energy efficiency program; primarily responsible for rate design securing substantial increase in fixed-cost recovery, and team attained second-largest increase in company history.
  • Achieved reversal of $25 million rate base ruling in rate case proceeding; primarily responsible for rate design and the recovery of costs associated with securing/hardening facilities.
  • Created administrative rules for adversarial proceedings for a regional reliability authority.

Professional & Community

Professional & Community

Midwest Energy Association – Legal, Regulatory, and Governmental Affairs, Chair (2011-2013) 

Energy Bar Association, Midwest Chapter, Member

The Chicago Bar Association, Public Utility Section, Member

Indiana State Bar Association Membe, Public Utility Section, Member

Franciscan Alliance Foundation, Trustee, Fundraising Committee

St. Anthony Hospital, Community Board Member, Human Relations Mission/Vision Committee

Frankfort Youth Athletic Association, Vice President, Secretary, Board Member

loom Township Education Foundation, President, Vice President, Trustee

Presentations and Speeches

Presentations and Speeches

  • “Reactive to Proactive – Changing How Inside Counsel Provides Services,” ACC, 2013 & 2014
  • “Reliability,” Energy Bar Association, 2008
  • “Implementation Group Report,” Post 2006 Rate Freeze Initiative Report, 2004
  • “Decoupling, the Regulators Perspective," Midwest Energy Association, 2004
  • ”Ex Parte Communications,” Chicago Bar Association, 2004
  • “Implementation of 2003 State Ethics Reform,” Chicago Bar Association, 2003
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Industries/Sectors

Licensed In

  • Indiana
  • Illinois 
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