Eckert Seamans welcomes former PUC director Karen O. Moury to Harrisburg office
September 20, 2016
Eckert Seamans welcomes member Karen O. Moury to the firm’s Harrisburg office. She represents and counsels clients on various issues related to public utility and administrative law. She has been in private practice the past three years, representing companies before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, other government agencies, and the Commonwealth Court. During this time, she has been involved in matters involving licensing, regulatory compliance, and enforcement proceedings. Notably, Moury obtained experimental services authority from the PUC allowing Uber Technologies, Inc., to lawfully provide ridesharing services throughout Pennsylvania. She was also successful in having complaints against energy suppliers dismissed by the PUC. She has also represented electric suppliers in high-profile litigation initiated by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Office of Consumer Advocate, and PUC’s Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement.
“Karen Moury is a tremendous addition to our telecommunications and utilities groups,” says Dan Clearfield, co-chair of the firm’s energy, utilities, and telecommunications practice groups. “She brings a wealth of experience and regulatory knowledge that will continue to elevate the legal services we offer to clients from across these industries.”
Moury has over 30 years of state government and administrative law experience, including 16 years in executive and management level positions. Immediately prior to entering private practice, she served as director of regulatory operations for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. In that role she oversaw the day-to-day operation and administration of seven bureaus performing legal, technical, and policy functions for all industries regulated by the PUC—electricity, natural gas, water, telecommunications, and transportation. In addition, Moury led the Office of Competitive Market Oversight.
While serving the PUC, Moury also held positions of deputy chief counsel and assistant counsel in the law bureau, where she provided legal advice on a variety of public utility matters and represented the commission before state and federal courts. Between positions at the PUC, she worked for the Office of Small Business Advocate, representing the interests of small business customers in rate, restructuring, and other proceedings before administrative law judges at the commission.
Moury’s career with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania began in the Department of State, where she served as counsel to several licensing boards within the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs.
She is a graduate of the Commonwealth’s Leadership Development Institute and has participated in numerous international delegations on behalf of the PUC. She is a frequent lecturer at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and Public Utility Law Section.
She earned her J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University in 1982, and her B.A. from Thiel College in 1979.