Craig Silverstein practices energy law at Stinson Leonard Street, where he counsels domestic energy clients in contract negotiations, transactions, and state and federal proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. His areas of knowledge include electric power supply, electric generation and transmission rate design and service issues, regional transmission organization rules and initiatives, mergers, acquisitions and restructuring, hydroelectric licensing, and FERC policies and regulations. He has extensive experience representing electric generation and transmission cooperatives, governmental agencies and independent power producers in energy litigation, regulatory and transactional matters. Craig also advises clients on compliance with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation mandatory reliability standards as well as the development of FERC anti-manipulation and standard of conduct compliance programs. Work in this arena typically involves business counseling, corporate training, policy development and auditing. He has successfully negotiated favorable settlements for clients and participated in audits and other matters in five of the eight NERC-designated regional entities. In addition to extensive appearances before the FERC, Craig has represented clients in administrative cases before state regulatory commissions in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Maryland and the District of Columbia, and has also appeared in a federal bankruptcy proceeding in the Southern District of Texas (Houston) and in a proceeding involving the transfer of a Presidential Permit and Export License before the U.S. Department of Energy. He has advised clients in several large commercial transactions relating to the ownership, construction and operation of electric transmission and large base-load and peaking electric generating units, as well as for long-term acquisition of prepaid natural gas supplies.