Norton Rose Fulbright Adds Senior Texas Regulatory Lawyer to Austin Office

Norton Rose Fulbright has announced the hiring of Margaret Uhlig Pemberton as senior counsel for its Austin office.

Prior to joining the firm, Pemberton served as Director of Legal Services at the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT). Prior to working with PUCT, she was Vice President and General Counsel at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).

Kenneth Stewart, Managing Partner of Norton Rose Fulbright, said he expects her “experience … will strengthen the regulatory capabilities of the team.”

Pemberton’s practice centers on regulatory issues with an emphasis on policy development, rate matters, transmission and generation licenses, renewable energy matters, enforcement, ERCOT protocols, dispute resolution and compliance.

At the PUCT, Pemberton managed the legal department, which was responsible for working with market participants in finding solutions to new and unique regulatory issues, briefing Commissioners on regulatory matters in uncontested proceedings, and participating as a party in contested cases before the State Office of Administrative Hearings and the Commission often leading the parties to settlement prior to hearing. As part of the executive team, she helped carry out the PUCT’s mission as directed by the Commissioners.

During Pemberton’s time at ERCOT, the organization transitioned to a single control area and a deregulated electric power market. Pemberton was responsible for all legal matters pertaining to ERCOT, including PUCT filings, rulemakings and fee cases, market participant contracts, real estate issues, general litigation, FERC matters and governmental and regulatory affairs. She also negotiated the Standard Generation Interconnection Agreement, an agreement that is still in effect today.

Pemberton received her JD from the University of Texas School of Law and her BA from Benedictine College.

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