Working with Electric Utility Contracts for Non-Lawyers

May 4-5, 2021


Tuesday, May 4, 2021

8:45 – 9:00 am :: Log In and Welcome

9:00 am – 4:30 pm :: Course Timing

12:30 - 1:15 pm :: Lunch Break


Basics of Utility Contracting

Interactive Session – Common Agreements and Key Provisions

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

8:45 – 9:00 am :: Log In and Welcome

9:00 am – 12:00 pm :: Course Timing

In-Depth Review: Power Purchase Agreements

In-Depth Review – Engineering, Procurement and Construction Agreements

Negotiating Strategies


Michael W. Kaphing, Partner, Taft Law

Mike focuses his practice principally in the areas of general commercial litigation, energy and utility industry litigation, legal malpractice defense, banking litigation, real estate foreclosure, land use and planning and zoning litigation, judgment enforcement and collections, and lease disputes.

As part of his litigation practice, Mike has handled a variety of disputes involving business contracts, utility property damage, right-of-way disputes, loan defaults, commercial leases, land use and real estate matters, and has successfully represented a broad range of clients in all phases of litigation through appeal and judgment enforcement. Prior to joining Taft, he worked in the gas field and as a law clerk for a Fortune 500 gas and electric utility company.


Matthew A. Sanders, Associate, Taft Law

Matthew is an associate in the Energy Practice Group. He has a diverse energy law practice, representing Midwestern utility clients in a variety of commercial transactions including infrastructure development, EPC contracts, PPAs, large generator interconnection, equipment and materials, software agreements, construction services, professional services, and utility supply chain. He has worked on matters in all types of generation – renewable, fossil, and nuclear – and has supported the procurement, siting, and regulatory approvals for electric and gas transmission and distribution infrastructure.

Matthew’s representation of utilities in commercial matters is informed by his work on numerous contested cases before public utilities commissions, and he understands how the need for cost recovery must inform utility decisions to achieve efficient outcomes.

Prior to joining Taft, Matthew was an energy attorney in Boston, where he represented clients in proceedings before the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and Energy Facilities Siting Board.



We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.