Academic journal article Energy Law Journal

In Memoriam: Bruce W. Neely

Academic journal article Energy Law Journal

In Memoriam: Bruce W. Neely

Article excerpt

Bruce Neely passed away on August 10, 2010, after complications from back surgery. Although Bruce had managed his way through a number of serious health challenges in recent years, he had expected to have a successful recuperation in anticipation of being able to renew travels and other activities with Mildred, his wife.

Bruce was a graduate of The College of Wooster, 1970, B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Columbia University, 1974, M.A., cum laude and the University of Pittsburgh Law School, 1978, J.D., cum laude.

Bruce was an unusually accomplished member of the Energy Bar Association who began his practice as an advisor to the FERC from 1978 to 1987. During his time at the FERC he was a major intellectual force behind the development of open access services in the natural gas industry, playing a major role in the conversion of pipelines into the vehicles for competition that they are today.

In 1987, Bruce came to LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby & MacRae (now known as Dewey & LeBoeuf), where with Ray Shibley, Brian O'Neill, and Larry Acker (and later a larger group) he spent the next two decades assisting some of the largest participants in the energy business find their way through the morass of rules, restrictions, and regulatory conundrums Bruce had a key role in creating. …

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