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Areas of Practice
  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1982
  • Dickinson College, B.A., summa cum laude, 1979, Phi Beta Kappa
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Arizona
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Tax Court
  • Tribal Courts of the Navajo Nation
  • United States District Court, Arizona
  • Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Marc L. Spitzer

1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 6479
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Marc L. Spitzer, a partner in Steptoe's Washington and Phoenix offices, is recognized for his deep knowledge and understanding of energy law, policy and regulation.  Mr. Spitzer counsels and represents utilities and energy companies before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), at state utility commissions, Congress, federal agencies and state legislatures.  Mr. Spitzer served as a FERC commissioner from July 2006 to December 2011.  Mr. Spitzer issued thousands of opinions and orders while serving at FERC and participated in technical conferences, initiatives, proceedings and rulemakings on rates, enforcement, reliability cases, electric transmission policy, natural gas infrastructure, and oil pipeline matters. His electric utility clients include Southern Company, Duke Energy, Southern California Edison, Arizona Public Service, Salt River Project, and Pepco Holdings for regulatory and public policy work.  Mr. Spitzer also represents natural gas and oil pipeline clients before FERC and State Commissions.

Mr. Spitzer served six years on the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) and in 2002, he was elected by his colleagues as ACC chairman.  As chairman of the ACC, he focused on policies that encouraged the expansion of natural gas infrastructure, specifically distribution and storage; creating a demand side management policy; enhancing the ACC’s renewables standard; and advancing consumer privacy concerns in telecommunications.  

Mr. Spitzer served four terms in the Arizona State Senate, beginning in 1992.  He served as chair of both the Judiciary and Finance Committees and was elected by his peers to the position of Senate majority leader in 1996.


  • Legal 500 US, Energy: Litigation: Conventional Power, 2016-2017
  • Legal 500 US, Energy: Regulatory: Conventional Power, 2013, 2017
  • AzBusiness Magazine, Arizona's Top Lawyers: Renewable Energy, 2013
  • Ranking Arizona Magazine, Top Lawyers: Renewable Energy, 2013
  • Recipient of awards for public service from more than 60 organizations
  • Recipient of Exceptional Achievement Award from State Bar of Arizona 
  • Washington, DC Super Lawyers2017

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