Owen J. McClain

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30 Main Street, 6th Floor
P.O. Box 66
Burlington, VT 05402-0066

Tel: 802-864-9891
Fax: 802-864-6815

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Education

  • J.D., Vermont Law School, 2013
  • B.A., St. John’s College (Annapolis), 2009

Prior Experience:

  • 2013-2014, Law Clerk, Vermont Superior Court
  • 2012, Summer Associate, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • 2012, Intern, Vermont Supreme Court
  • 2011, Law Clerk, Executive Office of the Vermont Governor

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Member, Vermont Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association

Admissions:

  • Vermont

Biography:

Owen McClain joined the firm as an associate in September 2014. Owen’s practice focuses on energy law and civil litigation before both federal and state courts, as well as various State agencies and boards.

Owen grew up in Lincoln, Vermont and attended St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, where earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts studying the distinctive “Great Books” curriculum. Owen also attended Vermont Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude and served as the Articles Editor for the Vermont Law Review.  While in law school, Owen also served as a research associate at the Institute for Energy and the Environment where he worked on FERC-jurisdictional transmission and cost allocation issues and co-authored textbook material on the nation’s electricity grid.

Owen also worked as an intern to Justice John Dooley handling appellate research and writing for the Vermont Supreme Court, and served as a law clerk in the Executive Office of Governor Peter Shumlin. He went on to serve as an associate in the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C., where he worked on complex federal procurement contracts and international nuclear security agreements.  After law school, Owen clerked in Vermont’s Addison and Chittenden County trial courts, primarily under the Hon. Robert Mello.

At the firm, Owen practices both civil and administrative litigation representing several of Vermont’s largest regulated utilities and service providers, as well as other businesses and individuals. Owen provides counsel in matters involving complex construction contract litigation, electronic discovery, regulatory compliance, energy project siting, utility service tariffs, ratemaking, transmission and distribution issues, and a variety of other matters affecting contractors, developers and other regulated entities.

Notable Representations:

  • Represents Vermont’s largest electric utility in federal court, and before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Vermont Public Utility Commission, in a variety of contested proceedings concerning multi-million dollar wholesale power purchase agreements and related issues under the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act.
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of enforcement action brought against utility in federal district court.
  • Represented one of Vermont’s largest incumbent local exchange carriers in contested regulatory compliance proceedings before the Vermont Public Utility Commission.
  • Successfully obtained favorable settlement for Vermont contractor in construction dispute regarding a state/federal transportation project.
  • Represents utilities in complex ratemaking and alternative regulation proceedings before the Vermont Public Utility Commission.