He’s very good at handling different personalities, especially adverse or disagreeable parties, understanding their concerns and crafting solutions.

Chambers USA, 2020

David Perlman represents and counsels clients in regulatory and compliance matters concerning the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and state public utility commissions, energy-related transactions and financings, and in the establishment of compliance programs and training. His clients include utilities, commodities merchants, oil and gas pipeline companies, electric generators, energy marketers, industrial customers, generators, lenders and financial institutions and oil and gas producers.

David has held positions as chief counsel to Lehman Brothers commodity trading business, where he was responsible for legal, transactional and regulatory matters relating to the firm’s physical and derivative commodity businesses, and general counsel and chief energy counsel at Constellation Energy’s merchant and trading business.

He also served as a senior legal advisor in the Office of General Counsel of FERC, where he provided advice regarding complex legal, regulatory policy and legislative issues coming before the commission. These included matters related to Regional Transmission Organizations (RTO)/Independent System Operators (ISO), gas and electric market oversight, market-based rates and transmission. David was co-chair of the committee that created the EEI Master Power Purchase and Sale Agreement and continues as a committee member.