Megan Somogyi has regulatory, transactional, and appellate experience in matters relating to public utilities, with a focus on energy, transportation, and water, and represents clients in administrative compliance and litigation proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission and other regulatory agencies.
Ms. Somogyi has represented municipalities and utility clients in electric transmission line siting proceedings, ratemaking litigation, sale and transfer of electric utility property, and utility certification proceedings. She has also represented clients in appellate litigation before the California Courts of Appeal and Supreme Court.
Representative matters include:
Represents a coalition of local governments working to improve the manner in which Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Southern California Edison Company de-energize their electric lines to reduce wildfire risk. The CPUC has adopted many of the initiatives and improvements recommended by the local governments, and the utilities have adopted additional measures at the local governments’ recommendation.
Represents investor-owned utilities, oil pipelines, and independent natural gas and electric service providers in CPUC proceedings addressing utility rates and costs borne by market participants.
Represents entities seeking certification to provide vehicle and vessel transportation services, and regulated utilities seeking to expand existing services offerings or build new infrastructure.
Utility property and due diligence review
Represents utilities and non-regulated entities in CPUC proceedings to sell, lease, encumber, transfer, or purchase utility property; and finance, refinance, or issue debt secured by utility property. Performs due diligence review in connection with the purchase of utility-scale solar projects.
Represents cities, counties, and other government entities in regulatory matters relating to utility operations, rates, and infrastructure. These matters include the closure of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, regulatory proceedings that address the recent California wildfires, the siting and construction of electric transmission lines, and permitting and construction of railroad crossings.
Represents clients in appeals from CPUC decisions. Megan was part of the Goodin MacBride team that successfully obtained from the California Supreme Court the first grant of review of a CPUC decision in almost 20 years.
Before joining Goodin MacBride, Megan was a Civil Staff Attorney at the Supreme Court of California, where she previously served as a judicial extern to Justice Marvin R. Baxter.
After receiving her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, Megan obtained her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she served on the Editorial Board of the University of San Francisco Law Review as an Articles Editor.
Megan has been named one of the Top Women Attorneys in Northern California for 2017 and 2018 by Super Lawyers, and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star for Northern California each year from 2015 to 2018. Megan co-founded Women In Public Utilities, a professional association, in 2017. She taught Advanced Legal Writing at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law from 2013 to 2018, and is now a guest lecturer. Megan sits on the Board of Directors of the Conference of California Public Utility Counsel. She previously served as the 2016-2017 co-chair of the Young Utility Lawyers section of that organization. Megan is a member of the California State Bar.
Presentations and Publications
- Panelist, Public Safety Power Shutoffs: The New Dark Age for California?, County Counsels’ Association of California 2020 Civil Law & Litigation Conference, March 2020 (postponed due to COVID-19)
- Moderator, “Californians Know How to Conserve Water During a Crisis, but Can We Be Efficient Without One,” Women In Public Utilities MCLE, September 2018
- Speaker, “New CPUC Regulation of Community Choice Aggregators,” League of California Cities, 2018 Annual Conference, September 2018
- Moderator, “Can you bring me some coffee, hon?” Breaking the Silence on Gender Bias in the Utility Industry, MCLE Co-Presented by Women In Public Utilities and the Conference of California Public Utility Counsel, January 2018
- Author, Opinion Analysis: Monterey Peninsula Water Management District v. California Public Utilities Commission, SCOCAblog, January 2016
- Panelist, “Petitions for Review in the California Supreme Court,” 88th Annual State Bar of California Meeting, 2015
- Author, Objection! Hearsay: The Prohibition Against Basing CPUC Findings on Uncorroborated, Contested Hearsay Evidence, Goodin MacBride Administrative Law Blog, 2014
- Author, Deference Means Never Having to Say “You’re Wrong”: The Potential Effect of City of Arlington v. FCC on California Law and the CPUC, Goodin MacBride Administrative Law Blog, 2013