Ken’s energy practice focuses on representation of consumer-oriented interests in state and federal regulatory proceedings and appellate court proceedings, involving electricity, natural gas, and oil pipeline issues. Ken regularly represents and advises clients on various transmission and market issues under the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He counsels industrial and commercial clients on energy supply arrangements. Ken also represents and advises clients on alternative and renewable energy, transportation, water, and telecommunications regulatory matters. Additionally, Ken advises both public and private sector clients on the deployment of broadband services to unserved and underserved areas.
Prior to joining McNees, Ken served as an assistant counsel in the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s Law Bureau where he gained extensive state and federal appellate litigation experience. He also represented the Commission on rulemakings before the Independent Regulatory Review Commission and advised the Commission on issues involving electric, gas, transportation, and water. Ken also advised the Commission on issues facing the retail competitive gas and electric markets.
What does Ken do for Clients?
Ken anticipates issues before they arise, and responds expeditiously to client requests. Ken enjoys analyzing all sides of an issue and providing advice that is clear, practical, and helpful. Ken’s recent client services include:
How does Ken spend his free time?
Ken enjoys exploring trails, parks, and new places with his family. He likes running, biking, hiking, traveling, and reading.
Furman University, cum laude, B.A.
Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University, J.D. Penn State Environmental Law Review, Comments Editor
Represented a Commission in a complex, multi-party litigation involving the cost allocation of a transmission project.
Successfully obtained significant rate relief for an energy-intensive paper mill by acquiring a reduction in the societal benefits charges and other necessary relief that allowed the mill to stay in business.
Represented a municipality in a dispute with a railroad regarding the bridge design and cost responsibility for reconstruction of the bridge at a rail crossing under the PUC’s jurisdiction. The municipality’s arguments prevailed, and the railroad remained responsible for the costs and construction of the previously agreed-upon bridge design.
Pennsylvania Rising Stars®, 2021, 2022
Graduate of the Leadership Harrisburg Area, Community Leadership Class of 2015
CALI Award for Legal Research and Writing
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Public Utility Law Section, Chair (2017-2018), Secretary (2016-2017), Treasurer (2015-2016), Council Member (2013-2019)
Energy Bar Association, Electricity Steering Committee
Dauphin County Bar Association, 2013-present
Rotary Club of Harrisburg (2018-Present)
Capital Area Greenbelt Association, Board Member (2019-2022), Advisory Committee (2023-Present)
Friends of Wildwood Park, Board Member (2014-2019)
U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court – Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court – District of New Jersey
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
July 31, 2023 - Public Comment Period Open for Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment
McNees Client Alert Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s $1.16 billon Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Five-Year Action Plan