Lauren Damen is a member of Winstead’s Public & Regulatory Law and Environmental Law Practice Groups. Her practice is focused on administrative and regulatory litigation with an emphasis on utility law. Lauren has represented companies before the Public Utility Commission (PUC) and State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) in electric utility and insurance proceedings. Lauren has also assisted in electric rate proceedings at the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC), and with lawsuits regarding oil and gas royalty and lease assignment disputes.
Prior to attending law school, Lauren worked at the PUC for approximately six years as a retail market analyst, senior retail market analyst and Director of the Retail Markets Section. At the PUC, Lauren worked on a variety of matters including rulemakings, enforcement investigations and proceedings, complaints, tariffs, rate proceedings, and open records requests as well as working groups and task forces at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. Lauren’s extensive work on rulemakings addressed topics including customer protection, low-income discounts, renewable energy, transmission cost recovery factors, and the terms and conditions of retail delivery service provided by investor owned transmission and distribution utilities. Lauren also served as a witness in PUC proceedings concerning issues including rule compliance, tariff compliance and competition.
- Represents an electric utility in contested and administrative proceedings before the PUC and SOAH including rate cases and fuel reconciliation cases.
- Represents electric utilities in proceedings to obtain Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) amendments to route transmission lines. Representation has resulted in the granting of over 18 CCN amendments.
- Provides representation and consultation concerning PUC rulemaking projects.
- Assists in electric rate proceedings before the NMPRC.
- Assisted in the representation of an electric utility in a rate case appeal before the Travis County District Court.
- Represented an electric utility in obtaining a Good Cause Exception to 16 Tex. Admin. Code § 25.101 to build a short transmission line without seeking a CCN amendment.
- Represented workers’ compensation insurer in medical fee disputes before the State Office of Administrative Hearings.
- Assisted in lawsuits regarding oil and gas royalty and lease assignment disputes.