Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Education

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Duke University School of Law, 2002
    Note Editor, Duke Law Journal

    Order of the Coif

    Faculty Award, Outstanding Achievement in Administrative Practice and Government Regulation
  • B.A., magna cum laude, College of William & Mary, 1999

Memberships

  • American Bar Association

    Maryland State Bar Association
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Matthew Field

Partner

Matt Field, a partner in the Regulatory Group, applies his expertise in administrative law to assist clients with regulatory and legislative matters in a broad range of industries, with a particular focus on highly regulated network industries. Matt represents clients through all stages of the regulatory process, from compliance advice and informal contacts with regulators through defense of enforcement actions and appellate litigation.

While Matt represents clients from a broad range of industries before a variety of regulators, he has particularly extensive experience in the postal and energy industries. In the traditional energy space, he litigates cost-of-service and market power issues before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and in federal courts, including representing shippers in challenges to the rates and practices of oil pipelines. Matt is also active in the “new energy” space, guiding clients through evolving regulatory issues associated with renewable energy and counseling them on transactional issues related to the purchase and development of renewable energy.

In the postal industry, Matt provides regulatory and legislative advice to mailers and trade associations and represents mailers in litigation before the Postal Service, Postal Regulatory Commission, and federal courts.

Representative Clients

Matt serves as outside General Counsel to the Association for Postal Commerce. He has also represented the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers and MPA/The Association of Magazine Media in postal matters. Additionally, Matt represents individual mailers in matters before the Postal Service and Postal Regulatory Commission, including defending against revenue deficiency claims and pursuing Negotiated Service Agreements.

In his energy practice, Matt represents shippers on oil pipelines, including refiners, producers, and end-use consumers, in rate litigation and regulatory proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He has also represented industrial energy consumers in negotiations with suppliers of natural gas, electricity, and petroleum products and in the development of renewable energy projects.

Significant Matters

Postal
  • Won the first decision of the Postal Regulatory Commission denying a USPS request to reclassify a market dominant mail product as competitive. PRC Docket No. MC2013-57, Competitive Product List—Adding Round-Trip Mailer (Dec. 23, 2014).
  • Counsel for the only mailer to win rate relief from the Postal Regulatory Commission in a discrimination complaint case; counsel of record in successful appeal of awarded relief. GameFly, Inc. v. PRC, 704 F.3d 145 (D.C. Cir. 2013); USPS v. PRC, 747 F.3d 906 (D.C. Cir. 2014).
  • Counsel for an industry coalition of nonprofit and business mailers and trade associations that successfully opposed a $3 billion above-inflation "exigent" rate increase proposed by the USPS in 2010. USPS v. PRC, 640 F.3d 1263 (D.C. Cir. 2011).
  • Successfully negotiated and obtained Postal Regulatory Commission approval of a Negotiated Service Agreement with the Postal Service on behalf of a large catalog mailer.

Energy
  • Represented shippers in successful protest of oil pipeline's application to charge market-based rates, Enterprise TE Products Pipeline Company, LLC, 146 FERC ¶ 61,157 (2014).
  • Represented large agribusiness in negotiations with developer of solar power project, resulting in one of the then-largest commercially-owned solar power systems in the eastern United States.
  • Successfully negotiated PPA and lease agreement associated with a solar power installation at a professional sports franchise's practice facility.
  • Assisted nonprofit organization in developing contracts governing grant program designed to encourage adoption of novel financing structures targeted toward improving the fuel efficiency of cargo shipping fleet.
  • Assisted propane shippers in securing emergency FERC order to help alleviate critical propane shortages in winter of 2013-14; Enterprise TE Products Pipeline Company, LLC, 146 FERC ¶ 61,085 (2014).
  • Assisted numerous commercial and residential developers in the development and installation of renewable generation facilities, including solar photovoltaic facilities and combined heat and power systems, and associated PPAs

Administrative and Constitutional Law
  • Drafted comments that convinced regulator to revise mandatory disclosure requirements to avoid First Amendment commercial speech issues.
  • Successfully protected client information from disclosure in response to Freedom of Information Act requests through "reverse FOIA" filing.
  • Developed successful argument that agency decision impacting development of LNG facility was final agency action subject to challenge in district court.

Additionally, Matt has assisted clients in dealings with federal agencies including the Department of Energy, the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of the Interior, and the Department of State.