Robert D. Rosenberg
- (202) 347-7170
- (202) 347-3619
Mr. Rosenberg is active in all phases of the firm’s energy and transportation practice, including coal transportation and coal supply matters. His experience includes handling economic/regulatory issues such as stand-alone railroad rate cases and rulemakings at the Surface Transportation Board, damages, cost of capital, and antitrust liability and remedies. He also directs the firm’s energy regulation practice, which includes FERC regulation of wholesale power and transmission. He has represented clients in federal and state litigation, arbitration, administrative agency regulation, negotiations, and strategic counseling. Mr. Rosenberg has also served as an arbitrator in addition to representing parties in arbitrations and commercial negotiations.
Mr. Rosenberg’s current practice focuses on administrative regulation at the Surface Transportation Board and FERC, contract and related litigation in the courts and in arbitration and associated appeals, antitrust, damages, and other economic analysis, and negotiation and counseling for clients.
Representative Legal Matters
Administrative agency and appellate litigation resulting in substantial modification of the Surface Transportation Board’s methodology for estimating the cost of capital for the railroad industry.
Representation of captive shipper in first rate case before the Surface Transportation Board successfully applying the stand-alone cost test to coal movements involving two carriers.
Successful representation of shippers in other rate cases, other adjudications, and rulemakings at the STB and in litigations and arbitrations against railroads.
Successful opposition to railroad efforts to base Surface Transportation Board revenue adequacy constraint on replacement costs.
Representation of utilities in negotiation, administration, litigation, and arbitration of coal-supply and coal transportation arrangements.
Representation of RUS-financed rural electric cooperative in Ninth Circuit action overturning FERC’s efforts to impose refunds on non-jurisdictional sellers and in related litigation at FERC and in federal and state courts relating to the California power crisis of 2000-2001.
Representation of a utility trade association in initial implementation of reliability provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
Representation of coal mines, ethanol producers, real estate developers, and other entities in transportation arrangements, abandonments, offers of financial assistance, and creation, establishment, and operation of short-line railroads.
Successful representation of party in Interstate Commerce Commission proceeding delineating what transportation-related activities may cause an entity to become a common carrier and how common carrier status may be avoided and additional activities representing and advising clients as to becoming or avoiding becoming a common carrier.
Supreme Court of the United States
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States District Courts for the District of Columbia
United States District Courts for the Eastern District of California
Los Angeles Superior Court
California Court of Appeal for the Second District
Harvard Law School (J.D. 1981)
Brown University (A.B. 1978)
Events and publications
Published articles in Public Utilities Fortnightly and D.C. Legal Times
Made presentations on various aspects of rail transportation and energy regulation to the Association of Transportation Law Professionals, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, National Coal Transportation Association, and Western Coal Traffic League.
Protecting Electric Cooperative Information from Disclosure Under FOIA
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Legal Seminar 62
Portland, Maine, July 19, 2022
Urgent Issues in Freight Rail Service Update/
BNSF and UP Revised Service Recovery Plans
National Coal Transportation Association
Webinar, July 27, 2022
Guest Lecturer, Regulated Industries
George Washington University Law School
Washington D.C., 2017-2021
Revenue Adequacy: What's It All About, A Shipper Perspective
Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Freight Rail Transportation Session
Washington D.C., January 9, 2017
Customer Perspectives: What We’re Doing Right; What Needs to Be Improved
Rail Insights, Railways Age Conference & Expo
Chicago, Illinois, June 18, 2015
Determining Revenues Adequate to Maintain and Improve Service and Capacity
Association of Transportation Law Professionals Fall Forum
Washington, D.C., November 10, 2014
The Dawn of “Revenue-Adequate” Railroads: What Does It Mean?
Association of Transportation Law Professionals Annual Meeting
Annapolis, Maryland, June 23, 2014
Liquidated Damages Issues in Displacing Coal with Gas
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Generation & Transmission Legal Seminar
Boston, Massachusetts, November 9, 2012