Christopher M. Lyons

CHRISTOPHER M. LYONS is a member of the firm’s Energy practice group. Mr. Lyons regularly advises clients in the energy industry, including oil and petroleum products pipelines, natural gas pipelines, liquefied natural gas market participants, electric utilities, and financial institutions that invest in the energy industry. Mr. Lyons’ has represented clients in litigated FERC proceedings, settlement proceedings, arbitrations and appellate proceedings. He regularly advises oil and natural gas pipeline clients on issues involving market-based rates, cost of service rates, indexing, prorationing and access to capacity, tariff policies, transportation contracts, pipeline construction and expansion projects, LNG sales, and jurisdictional issues. Recently, Mr. Lyons has represented ExxonMobil Pipeline Company in litigation and settlement proceedings concerning the rates it charges with respect to its ownership interest in the Trans Alaska Pipeline System. Mr. Lyons has also represented Mobil Pipe Line Company, Magellan Pipeline Company, and Enterprise TE Products Pipeline Company in market-based rate proceedings at the FERC. Additionally, Mr. Lyons has represented several pipeline companies in connection with new pipeline projects and associated rate and tariff issues, including TransCanada Keystone Pipeline and Explorer Pipeline. Mr. Lyons has also recently worked on natural gas issues relating to the Alaska Pipeline Project.

In his electricity practice, Mr. Lyons focuses on transactions involving acquisitions and dispositions of interests in FERC jurisdictional facilities, including applications to FERC for approval of such transactions under Section 203 of the Federal Power Act. Recent clients in Section 203 matters include CMS Energy and Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (Ventures). Mr. Lyons has also assisted electricity clients in FERC enforcement and audit matters.

Mr. Lyons is recognized as a “Best Lawyer” in Oil & Gas Law in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. In 2014, Mr. Lyons was listed in Super Lawyers (Energy and Resources) in the “Rising Star” category. In March 2013, Mr. Lyons was named by Law360 as a “Rising Star” and one of the publications six energy lawyers under 40 to watch. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, Mr. Lyons was recognized by Chambers USA as one of the top U.S. energy lawyers in the "Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation)." Mr. Lyons has also made presentations over the past several years to the membership of the Association of Oil Pipelines, the oil and liquids pipelines trade association, regarding market-based rates and return on equity.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Energy, 2) Alternative Dispute Resolution, 3) Electricity, 4) Energy and Transportation Law Appeals, 5) International Commercial Arbitration and 6) Oil and Natural Gas Pipelines
Law School Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2003
Admitted Year 1998
Education Middlebury College, B.A., 1998
Bar Member / Association District of Columbia Bar Association, New York State Bar Association
Most recent firm Sidley Austin LLP
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