Steve Stojic is of counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Locke Lord LLP. He has more than 30 years of experience representing leading interstate natural gas pipeline companies in federal administrative law proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the U.S. Courts of Appeals, with over 20 years of responsibility as lead counsel advising senior management on complex legal and regulatory issues and as leader of litigation teams in multi-party cases involving numerous difficult and sophisticated issues.
Steve has been involved in a variety of rate, tariff, contract, certificate, abandonment, storage, complaint, audit, investigation, enforcement, compliance, and rulemaking proceedings. He has represented clients in highly complex litigation, including rate cases and complaints set for hearing, as well as in numerous appellate proceedings before the federal courts.
In addition, Steve assists clients with contract matters and compliance with FERC regulations. Prior to joining the Firm, Steve was a partner in a premiere boutique energy law firm in Washington, D.C. Following graduation from law school, he served a two-year clerkship in the Commission’s Office of Administrative Law Judges.
- Represent interstate pipelines in numerous complex Natural Gas Act (NGA) Section 4 general rate cases set for hearing before FERC.
- Represent interstate pipeline in its defense of a NGA Section 5 action by the Commission, resulting in termination of the proceeding with no change in rates.
- Represent interstate pipeline in LNG quality standards hearing and U.S. Court of Appeals cases, obtaining approval of the company’s proposed tariff standards.
- Represent interstate pipeline in U.S. Court of Appeals cases and Commission proceedings involving contract dispute, leading to recovery of over $1 million in tax refunds.
- Represent interstate pipeline and storage provider in a contested certificate proceeding, leading to Commission approval of a major extension of a storage field.
- Represent interstate pipeline and storage provider in NGA Section 4(f) proceeding, resulting in the Commission’s first-ever approval of market-based rates for an interstate pipeline’s storage expansion.
- Represent interstate pipeline in audit proceeding, resulting in Commission approval of a settlement reducing audit adjustment by tens of millions of dollars.
- Represent interstate pipeline in successful Commission hearing and U.S. Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court proceedings rejecting pricing claims totaling hundreds of millions of dollars, with 70 witnesses and 1,200 natural gas purchase contracts.
- Represent interstate pipeline in Commission proceeding, appeal to U.S. Court of Appeals, and petition for certiorari to U.S. Supreme Court regarding Commission jurisdiction over interstate pipeline gathering facilities.
- Of Counsel, Locke Lord LLP
- Partner, Gallagher, Boland and Meiburger, LLP, Washington, D.C. (1982-2015)
- Law Clerk, Judge Jon Lotis and Judge Daniel Head, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (1980-1982)
- J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1980
- B.A., with high distinction, University of Michigan, 1977
Admissions : District of Columbia
Admitted To Practice :
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
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