Larry F. Eisenstat

Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2600
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Larry Eisenstat is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office where he is chair of the firm's Energy Group. He has considerable experience handling both regulatory and transactional matters, as well as litigation, compliance, and enforcement matters on behalf of both energy and non-energy companies. He also devotes a substantial part of his time to energy policy, strategic planning, investment, and corporate reorganization matters.


Larry has served as lead counsel on numerous administrative and judicial proceedings before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. He counsels independent power producers, regulated utilities, marketers, financial institutions, distributed generation, storage and smart grid providers, trade associations, and large energy consumers on transmission and interconnection, power supply and planning, and market design, trading, and restructuring issues. He also serves as project counsel for both conventional and renewable power plants and transmission projects throughout North America. He has counseled clients on mergers, asset acquisitions and sales, and in negotiations and litigations regarding virtually all aspects of electric infrastructure development and operations, utility solicitations, contract disputes, transmission planning, market access, market power and power marketing issues, market monitoring, compliance and enforcement matters, and efforts to develop regional transmission organizations, independent system operators, and transmission companies. Larry has successfully represented numerous electric power suppliers in all manner of traditional and ancillary rate proceedings and investigations, including the first affiliated power producer to receive market-based rate authority from the FERC.

Complex Commercial Litigation

Prior to his work in the energy field, Larry litigated construction, eminent domain, trade secret, First Amendment, and other disputes, and counseled clients on matters related to threatened and pending criminal prosecutions. Most of these proceedings involved highly technical and financially complex commercial transactions that required sophisticated damage and other economic analyses.


Larry has participated in civil and criminal antitrust proceedings and unfair competition matters in federal and state courts, and has negotiated dispositions with the U.S. Department of Justice related to price-fixing claims, consent decrees, and a variety of investigations, including many that arose out of the California meltdown and concerning both eastern and western electric power and gas markets. He began his career representing various telecommunication concerns in proceedings related to the AT&T divestiture decree.


Public Utilities Fortnightly listed Larry in its first-ever hotlist of "Groundbreaking Lawyers" following a Fortnightly survey of in-house counsel, public utility commissions, and trade associations. Also since 2005, Larry has been ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the Energy area. Chambers ranks Larry as a band-1 attorney, describing him as a "premier energy regulatory lawyer" who "provides strategic legal advice," is "very sharp" and an "effective litigator." He has also been described as "well known throughout the industry for his 'sophisticated understanding' of both the legal and business issues facing energy companies" and as "well versed in FERC transmission issues, including policy, FERC compliance and other regulatory processes." The 2011 guide describes him as a "confident and appropriately aggressive litigator," noted for his enforcement and compliance work. Previous editions of Chambers refer to Larry as "a skilled and tenacious litigator with a great depth of understanding of the independent power business, from transmission and interconnection to siting and development," "excellent at keeping clients out of trouble, and a good bet for gloves-off litigation," "the one you want in your corner when things get sticky," "the perfect man for any negotiation or adversarial scenario... [he] understands his client's objectives and then applies his exceptional market knowledge to make it happen," and whose "strengths include a 'proactive and strategic business mind' and the ability to be a 'master of the extracurricular, political side of the game.'" Larry also has been consistently recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global. In 2016, 2017, and 2019, Chambers Global listed him as a band-1 attorney in the category of USA, Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation).

In addition, he has been nominated by in-house counsel and his peers to be included in the Guide to the World's Leading Energy Attorneys as one of the outstanding practitioners in the United States. Larry is included in Legal 500: The Client's Guide to the U.S. Legal Profession and multiple editions of The Best Lawyers in America, as well as The Best Lawyers in Washington, D.C. 

Larry was profiled in Law360's MVP award series, a distinction extended only to 92 attorneys nationwide across 16 practice areas. He was also recognized in Washington D.C. Super Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, and Lawdragon's 500 Leading Lawyers in America, noting that Larry's "creative solutions to complex regulatory, project development and finance, and litigation problems put him heads above the rest in energy." He also has been named in Lawdragon's "New Stars, New Worlds," which profiles the "freshest faces in American law." Larry was listed in the 13th edition of the Energy and Environment Expert Guide, and was listed in the "Best of the Best USA" from Expert Guides. Larry was listed in Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Energy and Natural Resources Attorneys.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia and Pennsylvania

Highlights, News & Knowledge

Speeches & Presentations

  • "Keynote Conversation," American Council on Renewable Energy Policy Forum, Washington, D.C. (March 4, 2020).
  • "The Future of the Markets," Projects & Money Conference, New Orleans, LA (January 15, 2020).
  • "Market Fundamentals and Commodity Price Outlook," Projects & Money Conference, New Orleans, LA (January 15, 2019).
  • "Promoting New Alternatives to Transmission Construction Required to Interconnect Wind and Other Generators," AWEA WINDPOWER 2018, Chicago, IL (May 9, 2018).
  • "Theory and Standards for Resilience and Back-Up Power," ESA 28th Annual Conference and Expo, Boston, MA (April 20, 2018).
  • "Assessing the Changing Power Market Landscape," Projects & Money Conference, New Orleans, LA (January 17, 2018).
  • "Renewables Integration and the Power Markets,"Platts 19th Annual Financing US Power Conference, New York, NY (October 24, 2017).
  • "Regulators Must Recognize the Zero-Carbon Attributes of Wind," AWEA WINDPOWER 2017, Anaheim, CA (May 23, 2017).
  • "Utility of the Future – Planning and Advanced Energy Technologies," 27th Annual Energy Storage Conference and Expo, Denver, CO (April 19, 2017).
  • "Market Mechanisms and Regulatory Policy for the New Energy Landscape," ACORE National Renewable Energy Policy Forum, Washington, D.C. (March 16, 2017).
  • "Reassessing FERC Order 1000 Implementation and Process," 20th Annual Transmission Summit, Washington, D.C. (March 7, 2017).
  • "Impacts of New York REV and Other State Initiatives on Deploying Microgrids, Storage and Other DERs," 20th Annual Transmission Summit, Washington, D.C. (March 6, 2017).
  • "The Economics of Microgrids, Storage and Other Distributed Assets," 20th Annual Transmission Summit, Washington, D.C. (March 6, 2017).
  • "Perspectives on Regulatory Reform to Support Energy Storage," Storage Week 2017, Oakland, CA (February 23, 2017).
  • "Power Markets – Review, Assessment and Expectations," Projects and Money 2017, New Orleans, LA (January 18, 2017).
  • "State and Federal Jurisdiction Issues," New York State Bar Association, 2016 Public Utility Law Institute, Albany, NY (April 7, 2016).
  • "Grid-Scale and Interconnected Storage," Transmission Executive Forum: Transmission's Role in the Grid of the Future, Washington, D.C. (March 30, 2016).
  • “EPA's CPP as a Driver for Transmission Investment,” 19th Annual Transmission Summit 2016, Washington, D.C. (March 30, 2016).
  • “Grid-Scale and Interconnected Storage,” 19th Annual Transmission Summit 2016, Washington, D.C. (March 29, 2016).
  • "Transmission Additions Needed to Accommodate Power Generated by Renewables," EMLF Winter Workshop, Fort Lauderdale, FL (February 28-March 1, 2016).
  • "Who Has Jurisdiction? Legal Roundtable," NARUC 2016 Winter Committee Meeting, Washington, D.C. (February 14, 2016).
  • "State Resource Procurements - Legal Issues," The Northeast Energy and Commerce Association 2015 Power Markets Conference, Marlborough, MA (November 17, 2015).
  • "Integration of Distributed Energy Resources to Comply," 2nd EPA Clean Power Plan Implementation Summit, Washington, D.C. (October 21, 2015).
  • "Power Market Structures: Are They Working?" Infocast Projects & Money, New Orleans, LA (January 15, 2015).
  • "Federal Regulatory Innovations for Enhanced Renewable Energy Integration into U.S. Power Markets," ACORE Annual Membership Meeting, Washington, D.C. (February 5, 2013).
  • "Market Design and Capacity Markets: What Will It Take to Attract Investments?," Infocast Projects & Money, New Orleans, LA (January 16, 2013).
  • "New Interconnection Products that Make Use of Existing Underutilized Capacity," AWEA Wind Power 2012 Conference, Atlanta, GA (June 4, 2012).
  • "A Conversation on the Outlook for Energy Capital Markets," Energy Executive Briefing, Washington, D.C. (April 25, 2012).
  • "Resource Planning and Integration in Transition," Infocast Projects & Money, New Orleans, LA (January 20, 2012).
  • "The Resurgence of Gas-Fired POWER," Infocast Projects & Money, New Orleans, LA (January 18, 2012).
  • "Regulators' Perspectives on Managing the Generation Fleet Transition," Infocast Power Generation Summit, Washington, D.C. (November 3, 2011).
  • "Allocating Cost for New Interstate Transmission Lines," Platts Transmission Planning & Development Forum, Arlington, VA (September 12, 2011).
  • "The Regulatory Environment for Renewable Energy," Argyle Executive Forum Deal Making in Renewable Energy, New York, NY (March 24, 2011).
  • "Wind Power Outlook," Infocast Projects & Money, New Orleans, LA (January 12, 2011).
  • "Regulatory Issues and Challenges in the Utilities Sector," Argyle Executive Forum: Leadership in Utilities, New York, NY (December 14, 2010).
  • "Corporate Perspectives on the Market: Creating Value in the New Environment," Infocast Power Dealmaking Summit, New York, NY (September 14, 2010).
  • "The Most Significant Barrier to Constructing Needed Transmission: Cost Allocation Policies," AWEA Windpower 2010 Conference & Exhibition, Dallas, TX (May 25, 2010).
  • "Government Policy Outlook: What to Watch for in 2010," Infocast Projects & Money Summit, New Orleans, LA (January 12, 2010).
  • "Regulatory Issues and Challenges in the Utilities Sector," Argyle Executive Forum: Leadership in Utilities, New York, NY (December 2, 2009).
  • "Statewide Incentives," SEPA/SEIA Solar Power International Conference, Anaheim, CA (October 28, 2009).
  • "Maximizing our Nation's Energy Resources and Becoming More Energy Efficient," The Reform Institute National Energy Symposium, Washington, D.C. (April 21, 2009).
  • "Renewable Policy Update," Infocast Renewable Energy M&A Summit, Washington, D.C. (April 16, 2009).
  • "Transmission Services: A Developer's Perspective," AWEA Wind & Transmission Workshop, Overland Park, KS (March 17, 2009).
  • "FERC and CFTC Audits and Investigations: Responses and Approaches for Mitigating Penalties and Reputational Harm," American Conference Institute: Energy Trading Compliance, Houston, TX (January 29, 2009).
  • "Capital Markets Outlook," Infocast Projects & Money Conference, New Orleans, LA (January 13, 2009).
  • "Wind and Solar Opportunities for Utilities," Argyle Executive Forum, 2008 Leadership in Utilities, New York, NY (December 11, 2008).
  • "What to Do If You Are Faced with a Compliance Audit or Investigation," FERC Compliance Summit 2008, Washington, D.C. (October 22, 2008).
  • "Transaction Trends, Opportunities, and Challenges," Argyle Executive Forum – 2008 Deal Making in the Energy Sector (June 25, 2008).
  • "Wind Energy 101: Fundamentals of Wind Energy," AWEA WINDPOWER 2008 Conference & Exhibition, Houston, TX (June 1, 2008).
  • "Solutions for Using the Grid Better: Making New Transmission Products Work," AWEA and CanWEA Wind & Transmission Workshop, Detroit, MI (March 18, 2008).
  • "Deal Making in the Energy Sector," Argyle Executive Forum—2007 Energy and Private Equity: Redefining the Incumbent and Alternative Energy World (June 12, 2007).
  • "Open Access Transmission Tariff Reform," Energy Bar Association Annual Meeting (April 25, 2007).
  • "Current Regulatory Issues Associated with Wind Energy," AWEA Fall Symposium (December 8, 2006).
  • "Available Transmission Capacity, Now You See It, Now You Don't?," Infocast - OATT Reform: Revisiting the Open Access Transmission Tariff, Washington, D.C. (June 9, 2006).
  • "OATT Reform NOPR, What's Missing—But Not Forgotten, Hopefully," Infocast - OATT Reform: Revisiting the Open Access Transmission Tariff, Washington, D.C. (June 8, 2006).
  • "Generator Interconnection: An Evaluation of Interconnection and Transmission Funding Arrangements on Wind Power Development," AWEA WINDPOWER 2006 Conference & Exhibition (June 7, 2006).
  • "Regulatory Issues Facing Wind Energy Suppliers," AWEA Wind Energy Fall Symposium (September 29, 2005).
  • "Power Generation—Utility RFPs and IPP Generation," Seattle, Washington (October 21-22, 2004).
  • "Washington Update," Southeastern Electric Exchange Rate Section Meeting (April 28-30, 2004).


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Firm News & Announcements

Mar.19.2020 Chambers Ranks Four Practice Groups and Seven Lawyers in 2020 Global Guide
Dec.06.2019 Preliminary Injunction Granted Against U.S. Government in Solar Energy Tariff Case
Sep.20.2019 Super Lawyers Recognizes 82 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States
Aug.16.2019 The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Recognizes 49 Crowell & Moring Attorneys, Three Selected as Lawyer of the Year
Apr.29.2019 Chambers USA 2019 Ranks 53 Crowell & Moring Lawyers and 21 Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Oct.15.2018 Super Lawyers Recognizes 82 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States
Aug.15.2018 The Best Lawyers in America 2019 Recognizes 38 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
May.09.2018 Chambers USA 2018 Ranks 52 Crowell & Moring Lawyers and 24 Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Mar.23.2018 Chambers Ranks Eight Lawyers and Six Practice Groups in 2018 Global Guide
Oct.31.2017 Super Lawyers Recognizes 79 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States
Oct.31.2017 The Best Lawyers in America 2018 Recognizes 40 Crowell & Moring Lawyers
May.26.2017 Chambers USA 2017 Ranks 53 Crowell & Moring Lawyers and 23 Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Mar.22.2017 Chambers Ranks Nine Lawyers and Five Practice Groups in 2017 Global Guide
Nov.30.2016 Super Lawyers Recognizes 71 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States
Aug.18.2016 The Best Lawyers in America 2017 Recognizes 38 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
May.27.2016 Chambers USA Ranks 56 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 19 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Mar.24.2016 Chambers Ranks Nine Attorneys and Four Groups in 2016 Global Guide
Oct.27.2015 Super Lawyers Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Aug.25.2015 The Best Lawyers in America 2016 Recognizes 39 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
May.19.2015 Chambers USA Ranks 53 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 20 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
May.05.2015 Chambers Ranks 12 Attorneys and Eight Groups in 2015 Global, Europe, and U.K. Guides
Jan.22.2015 Crowell & Moring's Antitrust Group Featured in Global Competition Review's 15th Edition "GCR 100"
Jan.13.2015 Crowell & Moring Releases Third Annual Litigation Forecast Report and Inaugural Regulatory Forecast
Sep.30.2014 Super Lawyers 2014 Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Aug.28.2014 The Best Lawyers In America 2015 Recognizes 40 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
May.23.2014 Chambers USA Ranks 51 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 19 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Mar.13.2014 Chambers Global 2014 Ranks Four Crowell & Moring Attorneys and Two Practice Groups
Sep.03.2013 The Best Lawyers In America 2014 Recognizes 41 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Sep.01.2013 Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes 64 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jul.01.2013 Crowell & Moring Boosts Energy and Corporate Practices with Addition of Six-Member Team