Scott Hempling


Scott Hempling, Attorney at Law LLC, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., Yale; J.D., Georgetown

Professor Hempling is an attorney, expert witness and teacher focusing on excellence in public utility regulation. As an attorney, he has assisted clients from all...

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Professor Hempling is an attorney, expert witness and teacher focusing on excellence in public utility regulation.

As an attorney, he has assisted clients from all industry sectors—regulators, utilities, consumer organizations, independent competitors and environmental organizations.  As an expert witness, he has testified numerous times before state commissions and before committees of the United States Congress and the legislatures of Arkansas, California, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia.  As a teacher and seminar presenter, he has taught public utility law and policy to a generation of regulators and practitioners, appearing throughout the United States, Canada, Central America, Germany, India, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand and Nigeria.

The first volume of his legal treatise, Regulating Public Utility Performance:  The Law of Market Structure, Pricing and Jurisdiction, was published by the American Bar Association in 2013.  It has been described as a "comprehensive regulatory treatise [that] warrants comparison with Kahn and Phillips."  The second volume will address the law of corporate structure, mergers and acquisitions.  His book of essays, Preside or Lead?  The Attributes and Actions of Effective Regulators, has been described as "matchless" and "timeless"; a Spanish translation will be widely circulated throughout Latin America, through the auspices of ARIE and REGULATEL.  The essays continue monthly and are available at www.scotthemplinglaw.com.

His articles have appeared in The Electricity Journal, Public Utilities Fortnightly, ElectricityPolicy.com, publications of the American Bar Association, and other professional publications, covering such topics as mergers and acquisitions, the introduction of competition into formerly monopolistic markets, corporate restructuring, ratemaking, utility investments in nonutility businesses, transmission planning, renewable energy and state–federal jurisdictional issues.  From 2006 to 2011, he was the Executive Director of the National Regulatory Research Institute.

Professor Hempling received a B.A. cum laude in (1) Economics and Political Science and (2) Music from Yale University, where he was a recipient of a Continental Grain Fellowship and a Patterson research grant. He received a J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was the recipient of an American Jurisprudence award for Constitutional Law.

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"Arizona regulator, attorney battle over alleged ties with solar industry," coverage by Utility Drive, August 16, 2016, featuring Adjunct Professor Scott Hempling.

"Arizona regulator hires outside attorney to investigate ratemaking process," coverage by Utility Dive, August 8, 2016, featuring Adjunct Professor Scott Hempling.

"Arizona Regulator Taps Prominent Attorney To Investigate Outside Utility Influence," coverage in 91.5 KJZZ, August 2, 2016, featuring Adjunct Professor Scott Hempling.

"San Bruno aftermath: PUC eyes broad probe of PG&E," coverage in Willits News, September 4, 2015, featuring Adjunct Professor Scott Hempling.

"San Bruno aftermath: PUC eyes broad probe of PG&E," Contra Costa Times, August 17, 2015, quoting Adjunct Professor Scott Hempling

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"Arizona regulator, attorney battle over alleged ties with solar industry," coverage by Utility Drive, August 16, 2016, featuring Adjunct Professor Scott Hempling.

"Arizona regulator hires outside attorney to investigate ratemaking process," coverage by Utility Dive, August 8, 2016, featuring Adjunct Professor Scott Hempling.

"Arizona Regulator Taps Prominent Attorney To Investigate Outside Utility Influence," coverage in 91.5 KJZZ, August 2, 2016, featuring Adjunct Professor Scott Hempling.

"San Bruno aftermath: PUC eyes broad probe of PG&E," coverage in Willits News, September 4, 2015, featuring Adjunct Professor Scott Hempling.

"San Bruno aftermath: PUC eyes broad probe of PG&E," Contra Costa Times, August 17, 2015, quoting Adjunct Professor Scott Hempling

"For PURA, Questions Abound About How to Set Rates Right," WNPR News, January 13, 2015, quoting Adjunct Professor Scott Hempling.

"Light penalties the norm for state utilities following fatal accidents," Morning Call, October 13, 2014, quoting Adjunct Professor Scott Hempling.

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