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Brown, Williams, Moorhead & Quinn, Inc.

Brown Williams represents clients through a number of related services that carry a project through the potentially long-drawn litigation process. Brown Williams also provides technical assistance with discovery matters, written testimony, depositions, and trial briefs. From the opening rounds of discovery, through thorough investigation and analysis, to written testimony, depositions, and cross examination, Brown Williams provides the expert analysis needed to see the client’s interests to a successful outcome.

Affidavits & Depositions

A regulatory filing often begins with a statement of position. Laying out the factual foundation of a client’s position in the form of an affidavit provides the attorneys the material around which they will build a case for the redress of grievances. Brown Williams can assist in analyzing the merits of the client’s position and craft a well written affidavit attesting to the facts and economic equities resulting there from.

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Cross Examination

The intellectual jousting inherent in depositions or cross examination can make or break a case. While it is the attorney’s role to argue the merits of the case, it falls to the witness to elucidate any factual and interpretive questions to place the client’s case on the record in the best light possible. Brown Williams’ staff of expert witnesses cover the whole range of energy regulatory issues and bring years of experience to the witness stand to defend the client’s interests.  

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Direct & Rebuttal Testimony

Good writing is essential to a successful presentation. Facts alone cannot win the day; they must be gathered, organized, and interpreted to assist the judge in understanding the client’s case. Brown William’s staff of expert witnesses has decades of experience in the technical writing skills needed to translate complex rate design models and cost allocation formula into cogent winning arguments. From presenting the case in direct testimony to defending and counterpunching through reply and rebuttal testimony, Brown Williams ensures the client’s interest are fully understood and persuasively presented.

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Discovery Creation & Response

Discovery is the foundation of a solid case. Having the right information and data to evaluate energy transportation costs is critical to defending the client’s interests in court. Brown Williams can assist in developing appropriate discovery to investigate utility costs, tariff rate design, and other regulatory matters. Similarly, defending a client’s interests in answering discovery can forestall protracted litigation by presenting the client’s interests in a thorough and persuasive light. Brown Williams stands ready to defend the client in creating and answering discovery with strong and conclusive exposition.

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Documentation Preparation & Direct Case Materials

The myriad of documents, spreadsheets, and presentation materials that make for a winning argument are a daunting task to say the least.  Brown Williams has 30 years of expertise in developing all the documentation needed to make a filing and establish the just cause for rate filings, certificate applications, and tariff adjustments.  Brown Williams’ bench has the deep and broad experience to bring a rate case together in a cost effective timeline with thorough preparation.

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Litigation Strategy

Litigation is by its nature a risky business; but once begun, played to win.  Litigation work is the very core of Brown Williams’ practice and with all its experience, Brown Williams provides clients with unique case-by-case analysis of what will work and what will not.  Brown Williams’ close relationship with FERC Staff and knowledge of the cast of other rate case consultants gives Brown Williams’ clients a leg up on developing winning litigation strategies that end in vindication by Commission order or favorable settlements brought about by litigation strategy.

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Settlement Talks

While finding common ground carries much less risk than litigation, agreeing to proposals with unknown consequences has its own dangers. Complex rate models may contain hidden adjustments and interrelationships that can undo hard fought negotiation gains. Brown Williams can assist the settlement process by vetting the impact of counterproposals through the cost of service and rate design models to ensure that the client understands the consequences.

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