Steven R. Griffin

“He is well respected by his clients and is extraordinarily competent at what he does.”

“He is very thorough and knowledgeable about the applicable statutes and rules.”

-Chambers USA

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Steve Griffin is a partner in Beggs & Lane’s Pensacola office and heads the firm’s Energy and Public Utilities practice group.   He represents public utilities, developers, independent power producers, and providers of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.  Steve is top-ranked by Chambers USA for his expertise in Energy and Natural Resources and has been awarded a Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® peer review rating for the highest level of professional excellence.  He has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2018 through 2022 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® guide, for his practice in the areas of Energy Law and Energy Regulatory Law.  Steve was recognized by Best Lawyers in America® as the 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” (Tallahassee) for his practice in Energy Law.

Steve has served in leadership roles on a wide array of renewable energy initiatives, including utility-scale battery storage projects, utility-scale solar projects, large-scale wind power purchase arrangements, community solar programs, landfill-gas-to-energy projects, and reclaimed water projects enabling the recycling and beneficial reuse of hundreds of millions of gallons of municipal wastewater.  Many of these initiatives have captured public attention due to their innovative nature, including solar initiatives which, at the time, were the largest solar installations east of the Mississippi River and wind projects which received Deal of the Year Award from Commodity Business Awards, Deal of the Year Award from Platts Global Energy, and Deal of the Year Award from Risk.net.

Steve has substantial experience developing and negotiating power purchase agreements (PPAs), engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreements, requests for proposals (RFP), long-term service agreements, and franchise agreements.

Steve also regularly represents clients before the Florida Public Service Commission, the agency responsible for regulating electric, natural gas, water and wastewater utilities across the state of Florida.  His experience includes utility revenue requirement proceedings, utility territorial disputes, energy efficiency proceedings, including proceedings under the Florida Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act, and administrative rule-making proceedings.

 

Education

University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida

  • J.D. (With High Honors, Order of the Coif) – 2002
  • Law Journal: University of Florida, Journal of Law and Public Policy, 2000 – 2003

University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

  • B.A. (With Honors) – 1999
Bar Membership
  • Florida, 2003
  • Mississippi, 2004
  • Texas, 2015
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2004
Representative Cases
  • Taminco N.V. v. Gulf Power Company, 2008 WL 4661520 (N. D. of Florida 2008)
  • Gulf Power Company v. COALSALES II, LLC, 2008 WL 563484 (N. D. of Florida 2008)
  • Taminco, N.V. v. Gulf Power Company, 2009 WL 883994 (11th Cir. Apr. 3, 2009)
  • Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative, Inc. v. Gulf Power Company 2011 WL 3646464 (Fla. P.S.C. 2011)
  • Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative, Inc. v. Gulf Power Company, 132 So.3d 208 (Fla. 2014)
Honors and Awards
  • Chambers USA: Band 1, Energy and Natural Resources, Florida: (2021)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Energy Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Tallahassee, 2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Energy Law and Energy Regulatory Law, (2018-2022)
  • Rising Star (Energy & Natural Resources), Florida Super Lawyers magazine, (2011-2015)

 

 

 

Civic/Community Involvement
  • Board of Directors, Kiwanis Club of Pensacola (Executive Committee 2006-2018)
  • Board of Directors, FavorHouse of Northwest Florida, Inc. (Treasurer 2009-2011; Vice President 2020-2021; President 2021-2022)
Professional Associations
  • Energy Bar Association
  • Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association, Member
  • Leadership Pensacola, Class of 2015
  • Florida Bar Association, Administrative Law Section, Member
  • American Inns of Court, Pensacola Chapter, Member, 2003 – 2006
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