James C. Meyer is a Partner with the Firm, focusing primarily on energy, telecommunications, and other public utility and regulatory matters.
Much of his energy work centers on representing investor-owned electric utilities to obtain approval of their programs and investments, including through administrative and appellate litigation. Jim is also experienced with energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and projects, and related transactional matters. His clients include Rockland Electric Company, a Consolidated Edison subsidiary, and Consolidated Edison Energy, Inc.
Three qualities distinguish Jim’s public utilities and regulatory practice: his knowledge of public utility law, his understanding of the regulatory process, and his long-standing relationships with key staff at New Jersey’s regulatory agencies.
On the telecommunications side, Jim focuses on representing competitive carriers concerning regulatory impacts from federal and state laws that are designed to introduce more competition into the market. In addition, he assists emerging telecommunications companies with local authorizations, mergers and other financial transactions. His clients include Sprint and other certified local exchange carriers.
Jim is a former Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Public Utility Law Section, where he now sits on the Board of Consultors and serves as a Legislative Coordinator. He has regularly delivered presentations on public utility law, energy law, rate case practice, and the administrative process. For example, in April 2016, Jim moderated a panel on “Public Utility Cybersecurity: Requirements, Challenges and Approaches” during the NJ Bar Association Public Utility Law Section’s annual CLE program, attended by over 100 attorneys. In 2015, he gave a presentation on “20th Century Tools for 21st Century Ratemaking” as a panelist during the annual CLE conference. In 2014, Jim spoke on rate case procedure as a panelist during the annual CLE conference. In 2012, he gave a presentation on the legal foundation for utility adjustment charges while moderating a CLE panel on the role of such charges in utility cost recovery. In 2011, Jim gave a presentation on the New Jersey regulatory scheme governing renewables while moderating a panel addressing solar, offshore wind, and other renewable energy issues.
Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has included Jim in Band One for Energy & Natural Resources in its 2021 and 2022 publications. Chambers noted that Jim is “well regarded in the market for his experience acting for utility companies in regulatory proceedings.” Chambers sources say, “A well-known regulatory lawyer in the utility sector who is at the top of his class in his area.” “He is extremely capable and experienced and is efficient to work with.”
Best Lawyers in America®, a peer review of U.S. lawyers, has included Jim on its “Best Lawyers” list in the field of Energy Law since 2005. In 2012, 2016 and again in 2018, Jim was named “Lawyer of the Year” for Energy Law in the Newark region by Best Lawyers, an honor given annually to a single energy law attorney in the region. See Awards and Honors Methodology.
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United States District Court, District of New Jersey
Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, J.D., 1988
Rutgers University, Rutgers College, B.A. in economics, with honors, 1985
Production Editor, Rutgers Law Review
Consultor, Board of Consultors, New Jersey State Bar Association Public Utility Law Section