Todd L. Brecher focuses his practice on energy regulatory, litigation, enforcement and transactional matters.

Practice & Background

Mr. Brecher represents clients in a broad range of regulatory, litigation, enforcement and transactional matters relating to the electricity, natural gas and oil markets, including matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and federal and state courts. 

Prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. Brecher served for more than four years in FERC’s Office of Enforcement, where he was substantially involved in some of FERC’s most significant enforcement matters. Mr. Brecher’s enforcement experience at FERC included both electricity and natural gas-related matters, and involved alleged violations of FERC’s market manipulation regulations, jurisdictional tariffs, and other FERC rules and regulations. In addition to conducting investigations and administrative proceedings at FERC, Mr. Brecher also represented FERC in litigation before federal courts, including the first and largest energy market manipulation case filed in federal district court. Mr. Brecher’s work at FERC frequently involved collaboration and coordination with the CFTC’s Division of Enforcement.

In addition to his enforcement-related work, while at FERC, Mr. Brecher provided counsel on a variety of complex, market-related matters, including matters relating to market design and the trading and marketing of energy and capacity products in organized electricity markets. Mr. Brecher also served as a staff liaison to an independent system operator’s market monitoring division regarding market-related matters. Additionally, while at FERC, Mr. Brecher advised on matters involving the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) physical and cybersecurity reliability standards and the FERC/NERC enforcement regime.

Mr. Brecher began his legal career in the Washington, D.C. office of a large international law firm, where he represented clients in complex litigation and government enforcement matters.  

Community Involvement

  • Energy Bar Association.

Speaking Engagements

  • Energy Bar Association CLE Program, FERC Enforcement: Effectively Defending Investigations, Recent Developments, and Key Issues Facing the New Commission (Houston, Texas, October 2017)
  • Energy Bar Association “101 Series”: Understanding the FERC Office of Enforcement Investigation Process, (Washington, D.C., September 2012).