Karen Bruni focuses her energy practice on the regulation of electric utilities by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), particularly matters involving enforcement, compliance, and investigations, including matters concerning energy offers and trading in PJM and the California ISO (CAISO). She also assists electric utilities before FERC in proceedings related to transmission and interconnection issues, electric utility mergers and asset acquisitions, and rate and cost allocation. Additionally, Karen counsels electric utilities before federal courts in litigations related to enforcement and antitrust matters.
As a complement to her work in the energy industry, Karen advises traders, financial market utilities, and other financial services clients on enforcement and regulatory compliance matters, including before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
Before entering private practice with Steptoe, Karen served as a legal fellow for the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Additionally, she worked on energy market issues in both for-profit and nonprofit settings, including at The Brattle Group, and with US businesses on investment opportunities for Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI), the economic development agency of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Karen is also committed to Steptoe's pro bono efforts and especially dedicated to helping kids in the Washington, DC area secure appropriate public education services. Through her work with the Children's Law Center, she provides advocacy for DC's at risk children both in school meetings and administrative hearings.
- District of Columbia
- J.D., Harvard Law School, 2016
- B.A., American University, 2012, magna cum laude
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- Best Lawyers in America, "One to Watch," Energy Law (2021)
Legal 500 US, Rising Stars, Energy Litigation: Conventional Power (2019-2020)
Chair, Disputes & Resolution Steering Committee, Energy Bar Association