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Sherri A. Wellman

Principal
Energy, Environmental and Regulatory Deputy Group Leader

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Education

Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 1986

Western Michigan University, B.A. 1982

Bar Admissions

Sherri Wellman has more than 28 years of experience in administrative, energy, public utility and telecommunications law, representing electric and gas public utilities, oil and natural gas producers, and transmission companies in administrative proceedings and before the courts.

Sherri routinely counsels Miller Canfield’s energy clients on complex rate-making issues, and has been involved in every case filed with the Michigan Public Service Commission seeking approval of the acquisition, transfer or merger of a jurisdictional regulated utility or its assets.  Her experience includes the successful defense of natural gas utilities against challenges to their gas purchasing practices by Michigan’s Attorney General and a residential consumer group.  She has also served as lead appellate counsel for the association of Michigan's electric and gas companies and other energy clients.

In telecommunication matters, Sherri has represented clients before the Michigan Public Service Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, and the courts with successful results.

Representative Matters

In two related cases before the Michigan Public Service Commission, Sherri successfully defended a natural gas utility against challenges to its gas purchasing practices by Michigan’s Attorney General and a residential consumer group. In all, the utility faced disallowances in excess of $10 million. Thanks to the work of Sherri and her team, the MPSC totally rejected the challenges in both cases.

Reported and Published Decisions

Public utility appeals

In re Michigan Public Service Comm for Transactions Between Affiliates, 252 Mich App 254, 652 NW 2d 1 (2002)

Attorney General v. Michigan Public Service Comm., 231 Mich App 76, 585 NW 2d 224 (1997)

Telecommunications cases

Verizon North, Inc. v. Michigan Public Service Comm., 263 Mich App 567, 689 NW 2d 709 (2004)

In re Complaint of Rovas against SBC Michigan, 482 Mich 90, 754 NW 2d 259 (2008)

Honors

Best Lawyers in America, Energy Law 2007-present
Natural Resources Law 2012-present
2012 Lansing Natural Resources Lawyer of the Year

Michigan Super Lawyers, Energy & Natural Resources 2012-present

Thomas M. Cooley Law School, summa cum laude

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, Member, Public Utility Law Section,

State Bar of Michigan, Administrative Law Section

Ingham County Bar Association, Member

Michigan Oil and Gas Association, Member

Michigan Electric and Gas Association, Member

Publications

"Repeal of Michigan Public Service Commission Authority Regarding Utility Securities and Water Companies," Ingham County Bar Association Briefs, April 1996

"New Opportunities Available for Entry into the Local Telephone Market," Ingham County Bar Association Briefs, January 1991

"Contemplating Competition: A New Era of Michigan Telecommunications," Michigan Bar Journal, November 1998