Ruta Kalvaitis Skucas Named Pierce Atwood Partner

Pierce Atwood LLP today announced that Ruta Kalvaitis Skucas, an attorney in the firm’s Energy Practice Group, has been named partner at the firm.

Ruta practices out of Pierce Atwood’s Washington, D.C. office, where she focuses on electric and natural gas matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state and federal entities, including federal courts, and state public utility commissions.

Prior to joining Pierce Atwood, Ruta spent many years at FERC, where she worked in the Office of General Counsel and served as Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur’s legal advisor, focusing on PJM, MISO, and natural gas issues. She also helped the Commissioner shape electric and natural gas policy, including on transmission planning and cost allocation through Order No. 1000.

With her knowledge of the inner-workings of FERC, Ruta is uniquely skilled at counseling clients involved in formal and informal investigations by FERC’s Office of Enforcement.

Practice Group Leader Randall S. Rich stated, “Ruta has been with Pierce Atwood for a little more than a year, and in that time she has proven to be an invaluable member of the energy team, bringing together her deep knowledge of energy law and the many regulatory issues facing developers, financial institutions, power marketers, and utilities.”

In addition to her time at FERC, Ruta also practiced energy law at White & Case LLP. Ruta received a joint B.A. and M.A. in political science from Boston College, and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, where she was the Case & Note Editor of B.U.’s International Law Journal.