Charis practices in the Energy & Environmental Practice Group, which counsels clients on the business, regulatory, and legal requirements in the constantly changing energy and environmental landscape. Charis focuses on issues involving electricity, natural gas, water, and waste water. She has represented large commercial and industrial customers in proceedings before both federal and state administrative agencies, as well as at the appellate level. She also advises clients on procuring competitive energy services, implementing self-generation, and contracting for alternative energy services on both a physical and financial basis.
What does Charis do for Clients?
Charis represents several groups of ad hoc large commercial and industrial customers before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission in order to protect customer interests, especially in proceedings where utilities are seeking significant rate increases. Her representation of these groups expands to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and the United States Supreme Court. Charis also represents large commercial and industrial customers on an individual basis to address specific utility issues and provide counsel for contract negotiations. This representation includes negotiating complex financial agreements for new and evolving solar and wind projects, contracting for physical implementation of alternative energy sources, executing district energy system contracts, and implementing cogeneration units. Because Charis has represented large commercial and industrial customer for over twenty years, Charis has a thorough understanding of the issues facing these customers. In addition, Charis’ significant experience in Pennsylvania ensures that she has the historical knowledge of the processes used by utilities and the regulatory basis for decisions made by the PUC, which enable her to provide solutions to meet these customers’ needs.
How does Charis spend her free time?
When not practicing law, Charis enjoys traveling with her family, walking her dog, and reading.
Dickinson College, B.A., 1995, magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1998, magna cum laude; Woolsack Honor Society
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Public Utility Law Section
Dauphin County Bar Association
Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
Dickinson College President’s Commission on Environmental Sustainability
American Cancer Society, previous Co-Chair, Central Pennsylvania Region Daffodil Days Campaign