Barry Lawson


Reliability, Cybersecurity, Grid Security Expertise     

Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C. (DWGP) is pleased to announce the addition of Barry Lawson, a widely respected electric industry technical and policy advisor.  Mr. Lawson will support utility and governmental clients on reliability, cybersecurity, grid security and the interrelated issues of renewables integration and resilience. 

Mr. Lawson has served on the Standards and Critical Infrastructure Protection Committees of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).  He also served on the Bulk Electric System (BES) Definition and Loss of Control Center Functionality drafting teams for NERC and has long involvement with the NERC Regional Entities.

Mr. Lawson served on the Department of Energy (DOE) Electricity Advisory Committee and has worked closely with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), DOE, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), on issues concerning the BES.

The former Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs at the National Rural Electric Cooperative (NRECA) spent 20 years assisting rural electric cooperatives, including on transmission open access, pricing and interconnection policy issues before FERC, and more recently disaster planning and response, cyber and data security, electric grid security, and BES reliability issues.  An engineer by training, Mr. Lawson has over thirty-five years of experience in the energy and utility industry in a broad range of regulatory, legislative, technical and strategic matters.

Mr. Lawson’s experience and education allow him to bridge the technical, legal and policy divide on compliance, security and other technical issues important to the electric and gas industries and government.  He is a proven collaborator, having worked with many industry participants, as well as numerous national trade associations. 

Mr. Lawson joins DWG&P’s Washington D.C. and Sacramento-based law firm as Regulatory Policy Director. 

DWGP President Mike Postar noted, “Barry’s extensive experience managing the ever-changing issues and threats to the nation’s bulk-power system, coupled with his engineering background, will allow DWGP to provide a new level of service to DWGP’s clients.  Barry adds depth as a new resource to DWGP’s already vibrant practice areas of BES reliability, cybersecurity, renewable integration, and resilience management.”

“DWGP is known for its preeminent BES reliability and cybersecurity compliance team, and I am thrilled to join such an accomplished and creative group to enhance utility reliability, cybersecurity and resilience management services on its national platform,” said Mr. Lawson   

For over half a century, DWGP has supported clients including in the electric, gas, and hydroelectric industries across the full range of energy and communications issues.  DWGP attorneys assist clients with proactive and responsive strategies to complex legal, regulatory, and legislative challenges at the local, state, and federal levels.  Our comprehensive approach guides clients to address issues proactively and from positions of strength and knowledge.  Mr. Lawson’s deep understanding of the technical and policy challenges attendant in the ever-evolving electric industry is a tremendous asset to DWGP in its mission to serve energy, utility, and governmental participants in the full spectrum of issues. 

Mr. Lawson testified before Congress on grid reliability, cybersecurity, and critical infrastructure protection.  He has been a frequent presenter on cybersecurity and supply chain risk management.  He has been a prominent member of US efforts to improve and ensure infrastructure reliability including through NERC and FERC.  Mr. Lawson received his civil engineering technology degree from Old Dominion University, Batten College of Engineering & Technology.

Additional Information:, DWGP’s LinkedIn, Barry Lawson’s LinkedIn

Contact:  Kristen Connolly McCullough, Shareholder 
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