Veteran regulator to help energy clients steer clear of feds

“I started as a temporary employee working from the 2 [p.m.] to 10 [p.m.] shift,” Pease told The Hill, “and went up to the senior executive service.”

“It’s time to try something new,” he said.

Most of his service has been with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) – two agencies that have a lot of overlap in policing areas of the market.

Now working as a senior counsel in Bracewell & Giuliani’s energy regulatory practice, he says he will help clients comply with the law — “and the spirit of the law,” he said — “so they don’t have to deal with someone like me.”

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Pease will represent clients in compliance and enforcement matters involving power, gas and crude oil, as well as Dodd Frank implementation.

Most recently, he served as counsel to the director in the CFTC’s division of enforcement.

In the last three years, he worked as the team leader on implementing three different Dodd-Frank rulemakings, including ones governing disruptive trading practices, market manipulation and automated trading.

Before going to the CFTC, Pease worked at FERC for about two decades, holding many positions in the regulator’s offices, including the director of investigations.

“He was involved in some of the most significant investigations and enforcement cases at FERC since the enactment of the Energy Policy Act of 2005,” his new firm said in a statement.

Though most of his practice will be in legal services, he says he has already been asked to help out in government affairs.