Areas of Practice
  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1995, Order of the Coif, Associate Editor, University of Maryland Law Review, Moot Court Board, American Jurisprudence Awards (4), The John M. Strahorn, Jr. Memorial Prize for Evidence
  • Bowie State University, M.S., 1988
  • University of Maryland, B.S., 1978, Kappa Delta Pi
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Catherine M. Giovannoni

Of Counsel
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 8072
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Catherine M. Giovannoni is of counsel in Steptoe's Washington office, where she is a member of the Regulatory & Industry Affairs Department.

Ms. Giovannoni focuses on energy regulation and client counseling, and she focuses on interlocking directorate compliance.  Ms. Giovannoni also regularly works with clients to structure agency pleadings in order to ensure successful appeals.  She wrote the successful Section 313(b) motion that led the Ninth Circuit to order FERC to allow evidence of market manipulation in the California Energy Crisis and authored a number of successful appellate briefs in subsequent proceedings.

Ms. Giovannoni also assists public utilities with mergers, reorganizations, acquisitions, and spin-offs of assets.

Representative Matters

  • Consults with public utility boards of directors on interlocking directorate compliance
  • Advises public utilities setting up single-asset wind, solar, and transmission subsidiaries on interlocking directorate issues
  • Advises public utilities on preparation of applications for approval of interlocking directorates
  • Advises public utilities concerning self-reporting of interlocking directorate compliance problems
  • Assists clients to coordinate with state agencies and co-plaintiffs in multi-faceted FERC cases
  • Negotiates for clients and successfully settles FERC cases
  • Helps clients to structure agency pleadings, including requests for rehearing, in order to ensure successful appeals
  • Briefs appeals of agency orders to United States Courts of Appeals, including the DC Circuit and the Ninth Circuit
  • Drafts Section 203 applications for clients engaged in public utility mergers
  • Coordinates with Office of FERC Solicitor on clients’ intervenor briefs
  • Advises clients on exceptional relief, including petitions for a writ of mandamus, Section 313(b) motions, petitions for declaratory orders, and petitions to enforce the mandate

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Energy Bar Association