Mr. Zipp has practiced energy law for over 35 years. He is with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in Washington, D.C. His practice focuses on energy transactions, project development, the acquisition of energy assets, and energy markets and regulation.
He has extensive experience working with clients on conventional energy projects, such as oil and gas pipelines and LNG facilities. He has also assisted clients on electric transmission matters and renewable energy issues. Mr. Zipp served as an attorney in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) Office of General Counsel, and Assistant Director in the Office of Enforcement. He is a past President of the Energy Bar Association.
Mr. Zipp has advised on federal and state energy regulatory and transactional matters surrounding the acquisition and construction of assets totaling billions of dollars in value. He has been general counsel and secretary, and project counsel for several joint venture interstate pipeline projects, including "green field" projects. Mr. Zipp has been responsible for all legal aspects of joint venture and other pipeline projects from inception to commercial operation, including part of the senior management team involved in strategic decision-making. He also has broad experience working with local gas distribution companies, interstate and intrastate oil and gas pipelines, natural gas midstream companies and end users on the full range of proceedings before the FERC. He has also worked on U.S.-based LNG terminal and related pipeline facilities, and on transactional and regulatory matters concerning the gas and oil plays in the Marcellus shale and the Baaken shale. In March of 2011, he presented "The U.S. perspective: opportunities for LNG fuelled vessels in North America," at the Green Ship Technology Conference in Oslo, Norway.
Mr. Zipp has advised on a range of matters relating to electric energy markets administered by independent system operators (ISOs) including representation at the New York and New England ISOs. In December 2008 his paper Amending the Federal Power Act: A Key Step toward an ‘‘Energy Security and Supply Act of 2009’’ for the New Administration was published in The Electricity Journal.
He graduated in 1975 from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He holds a BS degree and a MS degree in geology, both from the University of Wisconsin.