Thomas Welch

Adjunct Professor

Thomas Welch

Tom has been a member of Pierce Atwood's Energy Practice Group since 2006.   Prior to joining Pierce Atwood, Tom was the Vice President for External Affairs for PJM Interconnection, a regional transmission organization (RTO) based in Pennsylvania.  Tom served as Chairman of the Maine Public Utilities Commission from 1993 to 2005 and played a leading role in the design and implementation of Maine’s retail electricity market restructuring.   Prior to joining the Public Utilities Commission, Tom was Chief Deputy Attorney General for Antitrust in the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office (1991-1993); in-house counsel for Bell Atlantic (1982-1991); an associate at McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen (1975-1981); and Assistant Professor at Villanova University School of Law (1978-1979).

Since joining Pierce Atwood, Tom has been a primary outside counsel to Maine’s largest electric utility, including representing the company in state commission proceedings involving a major transmission construction project. He has also advised energy regulators in South East Europe on market structure and design, uniform accounting systems, restructuring and privatization issues.

Honors and Distinctions

Tom is included in The Best Lawyers in America for Energy Law.

Professional Activities

Tom served as president to the Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations (1999-2003).  He was a member of the Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Telecommunications Services (2004-2005) and the NARUC Telecommunications Committee (1995-2005).   Tom was also a NARUC Consultant to ERRA (Eastern Europe Energy Regulators) (2000-2005).