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Thomas L. Rudebusch


  • University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (Honors), B.A., 1977
  • Washington University in St. Louis, M.A., 1979
  • University of Chicago, 1979-80 (Political Philosophy)
  • University of Wisconsin, J.D., 1986

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Wisconsin
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


  • "Washington, DC & Baltimore's Top Rated Lawyers" Top Lawyer - Energy and Natural Resources, 2012


Mr. Rudebusch joined Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C., in June 1987. He was elected to be a shareholder in April 1991, and he became a member of the Executive Committee in 2004 where he serves as Secretary to the Firm. Mr. Rudebusch has focused his practice on energy, public utility, and antitrust activities, in particular, electric bulk power supply, ratemaking, utility mergers, hydro relicensing, market compliance issues and electric industry restructuring. Mr. Rudebusch has made numerous appearances in litigation before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other agencies. He has briefed and argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the Fifth Circuit. Mr. Rudebusch served on the stakeholder Transition Team that established the New York Independent System Operator. Since 1999, he has represented municipally- and cooperatively-owned utilities on the Management Committee and Business Issues Committee of the NYISO.

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Rudebusch was employed as an attorney-advisor with the Office of Administrative Law Judges, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. As a law clerk to ALJ's Daniel M. Head and Thomas L. Howe, Mr. Rudebusch participated in decisions involving electrical utility ratemaking, natural gas pipeline marketing and ratemaking, and oil pipeline ratemaking methodologies, among other issues.


  • American Public Power Association, National Conference June 2014, "RTO Capacity Markets: Issues Facing Public Power."
  • National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, G&T Legal Seminar 2012, "New York's Capacity Market: Can Our Business Model Survive?"
  • Mid-West Electric Consumers Association, September 2011 Meeting, "The Muni/Coop Experience in Eastern ISOs."
  • American Public Power Association, Legal Seminar 2008, “Long Term Contracts,” (with Peter J. Scanlon).
  • The Energy Authority Member Users Group Conference, 2007, “Energy Trading After Order No. 670: Update on FERCs Market Manipulation Rule.”
  • New York Association of Public Power Conference, 2007, “NYISO 101.”
  • United States Forest Service, National Hydropower Training Course 1997, “On the Paradox of Hydropower: Electric Industry Restructuring and its Impact on Hydropower Licensing.”
  • New York State Bar Association, Committee on Public Utility Law, 1997, “Yardstick or Blueprint? The Role of Municipal Electric Utilities in the Transition to a Competitive Environment.”
  • Federal Interagency Public Utilities Conference, 1996, “State Efforts to Restructure the Electric Utility Industry: California in Context.”
  • American Bar Association, Section on Antitrust Law Conference, 1996, “The Antitrust Problem with Stranded Cost Recovery.”
  • American Public Power Association, Legal Seminar 1995, “State Efforts to Restructure the Electric Utility Industry.”


  • American Bar Association (Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law and Antitrust Sections)
  • Energy Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • The District of Columbia Bar
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