Megan Somogyi

Megan Somogyi

Partner

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.

education

  • University of California, Berkeley (B.A. 2003)
  • University of San Francisco School of Law (J.D. 2011)

admissions

  • California State Bar

professional activities

  • Co-founder of Women In Public Utilities
  • Board of Directors, Conference of California Public Utility Counsel
  • Co-chair of the Young Utility Lawyers section of the Conference of California Public Utility Counsel (2016-2017)

publications

awards

  • Named one of the Top Women Attorneys in Northern California, Super Lawyers (2017, 2018)
  • Recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for Northern California (2015-2018)

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:

Utility ratemaking
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.

Utility certification
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.

Local governments
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.

Appellate matters
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