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Leila Melhem


Leila Melhem is a member of Winstead’s Public & Regulatory Law and Environmental Law Practice Groups. Leila’s practice focuses on representing electric utilities, pipelines, and other regulated entities before state and federal administrative agencies and courts. Leila also has experience representing a variety of clients in business litigation and business transactions. Leila has represented electric utilities in various types of proceedings, including base rate cases, rate case expense proceedings, transmission cost recovery factor proceedings, energy efficiency cost recovery factor proceedings, fuel reconciliation proceedings, fuel refund and surcharge proceedings, sale/transfer/merger proceedings, certificates of convenience and necessity proceedings, true-up proceedings and various other regulatory proceedings.

Representative Experience

  • Represented electric utilities in base rate cases before the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission
  • Represented an electric utility in a contested hearing before FERC
  • Represented an electric utility in the sale of a domestic and international subsidiary
  • Advised an underground water conservation district on compliance with procedures related to issuing permits and holding elections
  • Represented hotel group in reversing an initial denial of a trademark registration
  • Represented a pipeline in a dispute over the Texas Railroad Commission’s jurisdiction
  • Advised various clients on compliance with Texas mechanics’ lien laws
  • Co-drafted brief to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals successfully defending FERC orders
  • Represented school district in responding to Public Information Act requests
  • Represented client in gaining regulatory approval to acquire Texas’s largest transmission and distribution utility

Pro Bono

  • First-chaired evidentiary trial defending tenants in a landlord/tenant dispute
  • Represented multiple indigent clients in “debtors’ prison” cases
  • Drafted legal memo to support social justice non-profit in mission to de-criminalize truancy