William S. Scherman is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and chairs the Energy, Regulation and Litigation practice group. Mr. Scherman has served as general counsel for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and was chief of staff and senior legal and policy advisor for the FERC beginning in 1987. He advises companies on litigation, commercial, regulatory and legislative matters relating to the U.S. and international energy markets. He has litigated high-profile energy investigation and enforcement matters before the FERC and in the federal courts and represents large electric utilities before the FERC and state regulators.
Mr. Scherman was a partner with Skadden Arps since 1993. Before that, he served as the General Counsel of the FERC from 1990 to 1993 and as the Chief of Staff from 1987 to 1993. During his tenure at the FERC, he played a key role in major policy initiatives, including the Energy Policy Act of 1992 and Order No. 636, which reformed the natural gas pipeline industry. As FERC’s chief legal officer, he was responsible for the agency’s litigation strategy before federal appellate courts.
During the last several years, Mr. Scherman has been heavily involved in very high-profile trials before the FERC. He utilizes his experience in market power issues in advising companies on mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Scherman has defended clients in extended trials addressing cutting-edge issues. This includes a six-month trial before the FERC regarding whether certain affiliated company power supply arrangements are in the best interest of the utilities customers.
Mr. Scherman is a frequent speaker on energy issues at various industry and government conferences. He is a member of the Keystone Energy Board, a prominent non-profit think tank that seeks bipartisan policy consensus on key energy and environmental issues, and regularly participates in the Harvard Electricity Policy Group. He is recognized as a leading practitioner in energy law in various publications including The Best Lawyers in America®,: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and was named a 2014 BTI Client Service All-Star. Mr. Scherman has published numerous articles, including two scholarly articles, on the FERC enforcement process in the Energy Law Journal.
Mr. Scherman received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Louisville School of Law where he was an Articles Editor of the Law Review. He received his B.A. degree from George Washington University in 1980. Mr. Scherman is admitted to District of Columbia bar.