Steven R. Griffin

Steven R. Griffin is a partner in the firm’s Energy and Public Utilities group. Since joining the firm in 2003, Mr. Griffin has focused his practice on a combination of commercial litigation and corporate/transactional work with particular emphasis on matters relating to energy and public utility law. In recent years, Mr. Griffin has served in leadership roles on a wide array of renewable energy initiatives, including three large solar facilities on Department of Defense installations totaling 120 megawatts in capacity, two wind projects totaling 298 megawatts in capacity, landfill gas-to-energy projects totaling 3 megawatts, a reclaimed water project enabling the recycling and beneficial reuse of hundreds of millions of gallons of municipal wastewater, and a variety of other matters involving solar leasing, industrial combined heat and power, and federal contracting involving energy conservation and renewable energy initiatives supported by the Department of Defense.

Many of these initiatives have captured public attention due to their innovative nature, including the solar initiatives which, at the time, were the largest solar installations east of the Mississippi River and the wind projects which received the 2015 Deal of the Year Award from Commodity Business Awards, 2015 Deal of the Year Award from Platts Global Energy, and 2016 Deal of the Year Award from Risk.net. In 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, Mr. Griffin was recognized as a “Rising Star” for his efforts in the Energy and Natural Resources sector by Florida Super Lawyers magazine, a designation awarded to no more than 2.5% of the lawyers statewide. Mr. Griffin has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2018 and 2019 editions of The Best Lawyers in America guide, for his practice in the areas of Energy Law and Energy Regulatory Law.

In addition to possessing substantial expertise in the renewable energy and federal contracting sectors, Mr. Griffin regularly represents clients before the Florida Public Service Commission, the agency responsible for regulating electric, 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
  • Rising Star (Energy & Natural Resources), Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Energy Law and Energy Regulatory Law, 2018-2019
Civic/Community Involvement
  • Board of Directors, Kiwanis Club of Pensacola (Secretary 2006-present)
  • Board of Directors, FavorHouse of Northwest Florida, Inc. (Treasurer 2009-2011; Vice President 2012)
Professional Associations
  • Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association, Member
  • Leadership Pensacola, Class of 2015
  • Florida Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Treasurer, 2003 – 2008
  • Florida Bar Association, Administrative Law Section, Member
  • American Inns of Court, Pensacola Chapter, Member, 2003 – 2006