Areas of Practice
  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law, J.D., 2005
  • Stanford University, B.A., with honors and distinction, 2000, Phi Beta Kappa
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • California
  • US Court of Federal Claims

Heather M. Horne

Of Counsel
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 6499
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Heather Horne is of counsel in Steptoe's Washington office, where she is a member of the Regulatory & Industry Affairs Department.  Ms. Horne’s practice focuses primarily on electric utility law, oil pipeline matters, and related energy litigation.  She represents investor–owned electric utilities, oil pipelines and energy investors before federal courts and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in a variety of matters, including transmission pricing and access, rate design, contract disputes, prudence, reorganizations, and compliance. 

Representative Matters

  • Represents a major California utility in litigation before the FERC, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, US Court of Federal Claims, and Superior Court for the State of California, arising from the California electricity crisis
  • Counsels investor-owned utilities regarding Standards of Conduct issues and interlocking directorate authorizations
  • Represented an oil pipeline company in a declaratory order proceeding before the FERC regarding tariff and priority service structure
  • Represented two electric utilities in reorganizations under Federal Power Act (FPA) Section 203
  • Counseled an oil pipeline company before the FERC regarding a contested rate filing and allegations of imprudence
  • Represented utilities in FPA Section 205 applications, including applications for transmission incentives pursuant to FERC Order No. 679.
  • Represented a merchant transmission company before the FERC regarding authorization to sell transmission service at negotiated rates for a groundbreaking transmission project.


Listed in Washington, DC Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Energy and Resources, 2013 - 2015

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Professional Affiliations

  • Energy Bar Association