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Frederic Lee Klein

Hartford Office
90 State House Square
Hartford, CT 06103-3702
p 860.424.4354
f 860.424.4370
Practice Areas
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Connecticut
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • Boston College Law School, J.D., 1979
  • Northeastern University, B.S., with honors in power systems engineering, 1976 

Frederic Lee Klein chairs the Energy and Utilities Section of the firm's Regulatory, Energy and Telecommunications Department.  Fred has wide-ranging experience in energy and utility matters, including electric and natural gas market restructuring, and transactions in regulated and competitive markets. His practice includes representing regulated and unregulated companies before more than a dozen state and federal regulatory commissions, district and appellate courts, as well as representing clients on numerous complex energy transactions and project developments.

Fred has litigated cases involving regulation of electric utilities and natural gas pipelines, licensing of hydroelectric facilities and interpretation of government contracts. He also has advised clients on antitrust matters and issues of utility regulation. He has provided legislative support on energy related issues in various states and has negotiated and drafted numerous power purchase and sale agreements and general contract templates for electricity, natural gas and renewable energy products. Fred also has represented competitive energy marketers throughout the Northeast with respect to licensing and regulatory issues, as well as wholesale and retail customers in contract negotiation and drafting.

Fred worked for 20 years in the legal department of Northeast Utilities, where he served as assistant general counsel for 12 years. He provided legal support for trading activities under industry standard agreements and for the transfer of a hydroelectric facility and relocation of a fuel cell. He also provided antitrust advice in connection with transactions, including joint ventures and pre-merger activities. Before Northeast Utilities, Fred was in private practice in Washington, D.C., and served in the Office of General Counsel at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Representative Experience

  • Works closely with developers of Power Plants on all aspects of power plant development
  • Represents Connecticut’s largest Water Utility on regulatory matters, including M&A and Rate matters
  • Represents Investors in due diligence investigation of potential power plant acquisitions
  • Successfully argued appeal of power company rate case before the Connecticut Supreme Court
  • Successfully argued appeal of interstate electric transmission case before U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • Responsible for Hart Scott Rodino antitrust review by U.S. Department of Justice and Connecticut Attorney General in connection with a proposed merger of two major energy companies
  • Represented clients before appeals courts and executive agencies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission, and state regulatory agencies throughout the Northeast
  • Negotiated numerous purchase and sale transactions; developed wholesale and retail contract templates, licensed competitive marketer in multiple states

Professional Affiliations

  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Connecticut Better Business Bureau - former director and member of the Executive Committee; former chairman, Operations Committee
  • Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection - former Lemon Law Arbitrator
  • Connecticut Power and Energy Society - past president
  • Edison Electric Institute - past co-chair, Power Supply Task Force; former member, Economics and Public Policy Executive Advisory Committee
  • Northeast Chapter of the Energy Bar Association - board member and chairman, Charitable Foundation
  • Northeast Energy & Commerce Association - co-chair, Legislative and Regulatory Committee

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of energy law and water law since 2011
  • Named as a 2009 MS Corporate Achiever by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter