Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 1986
Western Michigan University, B.A. 1982
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.
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.
Represented an applicant energy client in the successful certification of a 60 mile 138 kV electric transmission line with completion of the case within three months of its initiation before the Michigan Public Service Commission.
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)
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)
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
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
"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