Gibson Dunn Adds Energy Lawyer to the D.C. Office

February 16, 2012

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Brandon Johnson has joined the Washington, D.C. office as of counsel.  Formerly with King & Spalding’s Energy Practice, Johnson will continue to represent clients in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulatory proceedings and investigations, as well as Department of Justice merger and antitrust investigations.

“Getting Brandon here is a real coup for the firm’s Energy group,” said William R. Hollaway Ph.D., energy regulatory partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.  “Brandon is an extraordinary lawyer.  He will be a leader in our practice.  His experience inside the FERC, combined with his knowledge of economics and competition analysis, and years of law firm practice makes him a great resource for our clients, and a valuable expansion to our bench strength.”

Johnson advises clients on the full range of FERC regulatory matters in the electric, oil, and natural gas industries.  Before joining the firm, he practiced with King & Spalding from 2008 to 2012, and before that with Kirkland & Ellis.  Prior to entering private practice, he was a staff attorney with FERC’s Office of Enforcement and Office of the General Counsel from 2004 to 2007, where he conducted investigations of electric and natural gas market manipulation and other violations of FERC rules, including responsibility for depositions, document productions and federal court briefs, and drafted FERC orders and rules on mergers, market-based rates, ISO/RTO rules, and implementation of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.  From 2000 to 2003, he practiced U.S. antitrust and European Union (EU) competition and energy regulatory law at leading international firms in Brussels, Belgium.

He graduated cum laude from The University of Michigan Law School in 2000, received an LL.M., cum laude in EU Law from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 2001, and received an M.A. in economics from George Mason University in 2008.  He is proficient in both French and German.