Richard J. Aaron

Partner | raaron@wnj.com | V-Card | Profile PDF LansingT 517.679.7430F 517.316.8430 Rick Aaron has a long standing Michigan law practice involving energy, renewable energy, cogeneration, natural gas transportation and storage, negotiation of energy contracts and general business matters.
Rick Aaron has a long standing Michigan law practice involving energy, renewable energy, cogeneration, natural gas transportation and storage, negotiation of energy contracts and general business matters.
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Experience

  • Advise and represent public utilities and other energy providers before regulatory agencies and state and federal courts on complex litigation matters including:
    • Rate increase requests for electric and natural gas utilities
    • Power supply and gas cost recovery
    • Depreciation rates, tax and accounting matters
    • Certificates of public convenience and necessity for transmission lines, pipelines and natural gas storage fields
    • Natural gas purchase contracts
    • Approval of renewable energy plans, renewable energy purchase agreements and energy optimization plans
    • Defend and prosecute complaints and utility service territory disputes
    • Cogeneration and independent power production
    • Provide strategy for businesses with regulatory considerations
    • Drafting rules and legislation
    • Securities approvals
    • Sales of utility and non-utility plants
    • Spent nuclear fuel
    • Trucking and transportation matters
  • Successfully secured a first-of-its-kind Certificate of Necessity for Indiana Michigan Power Company’s nuclear plant, clearing the way for more than $850 million in improvements
  • Assist senior management in developing strategy based on legal and regulatory considerations
  • Advise and negotiate easements and rights of way
  • Advise municipal utilities on operation and energy related matters
  • Advise clients on landfill gas, waste to energy and wind energy generation
  • Advise and negotiate power purchase agreements for end use customers
  • Advise major real estate developers on utility purchase transactions and sales for resale
  • Advise and negotiate gas sales contracts
  • Advise clients on hydroelectric generation and dam operations
  • Negotiate utility franchises
  • Negotiate power purchase and sale agreements (EEI) and related credit documents
  • Negotiate transmission access and service agreements
  • Negotiate natural gas purchase and sale agreements (NAESB)
  • Advised senior management on counter party performance and related bankruptcy issues
  • Advise on renewable energy credits
  • Negotiate pole attachment and conduit access agreements
  • Provide special counsel on purchase and sale of physical energy assets

Industries

Practices

Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School J.D. 1983 summa cum laude
  • Olivet College 1979 magna cum laude

Admitted

  • 1983, Michigan

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Honors and Awards

  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2014 Lansing Energy Law Lawyer of the Year
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America, Administrative/Regulatory Law and Energy Law, 2007-Present
  • Named to Michigan Super Lawyers 2008-2009, 2012-2013
  • Cambridge Who's Who 2007-2008, Professional of the Year
  • Life Fellow, Michigan Bar Foundation
  • Man of the Year, Boys and Girls Club of Lansing, 1990

Bar Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan
    Member, Administrative Law Section
  • Ingham County Bar Association

Teaching and Lecturing

  • Adjunct Faculty, Administrative Law, Lansing Community College, Olivet College

Publications

  • Co-Author: Will Your Emergency Operations Center be Plugged in During an Emergency? Update on the 2008 National Electric Code, International City/County Management Association, Public Management, January 2009
  • Co-Author: Glidepath to Compliance: Managing the Regulatory Risk/Reform Trajectory in Educational Facility Enterprises, APPA (f/k/a Association of Physical Plant Administrators) Facilities Manager, January/February 2008, Vol. 24, No. 1, pp 20-22
  • Author: "The Effect of Section 366 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code on Relations Between Public Utilities and Customers in Bankruptcy," Cooley Law Review, Vol. 1, No. 3, 1983, pp. 421-442

Blog Posts

Community Affiliations

  • East Lansing Cable Communications Commission
    Chairperson, 1992-94
  • Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Saint Johns, Michigan
    Pastoral Council
  • Saint Joseph Catholic School, Saint Johns, Michigan
    Education Trust Foundation

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, Michigan Municipal League, "The New Cable Rate Regulation: Cable Act of 1992"
  • Lecturer, HalfMoon Seminars, Michigan Land Boundaries and Access Rights, "Understanding Easements, Public Rights-Of-Ways and Utility Easements," July 2010

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