Dana Shelton has practiced law with Stone Pigman for more than two decades and has become an integral part of the firm’s long tradition of providing exceptional legal service in the public utility arena. She has extensive experience handling contested regulatory matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Louisiana Public Service Commission, and appellate courts, having handled numerous high-stakes matters that have garnered significant energy rate savings for the ratepayers she represents.
She was an integral part of the legal team that successfully petitioned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for an unprecedented electric energy cost equalization mechanism that achieved more than $800 million in rate savings for Louisiana’s electric consumers. Most recently, she has been one of the lead lawyers representing the Louisiana Public Service Commission in seeking reduced rates that are charged to consumers for power from the Grand Gulf nuclear plant.
Dana also has experience navigating the stakeholder process in regional transmission organizations, working on transmission tariffs, rulemakings, and cost allocation policy development. She has handled environmental regulatory and litigation matters, as well as commercial disputes in the areas of leasing, insurance and products liability.
- Represents the Louisiana Public Service Commission in proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and federal appeals courts regarding wholesale cost allocations among affiliated power companies.
- Represents the Louisiana Public Service Commission in utility rate reviews, development of formula rate plans and certification of new generating units for electric utilities in Louisiana.
- Represented the Louisiana Public Service Commission in proceedings at both state and federal levels regarding RTO development and proposed federal transmission and wholesale energy market rules.
- Represented electric service provider organization in development of environmental regulations.
- Represented manufacturers in products liability suits.
- Represented the City of New Orleans in several suits alleging under-payments by the City of New Orleans to retirement funds.
- Represented lessee in multi-faceted dispute over long-term timber lease.
Professional & Civic Activities
Professional and Civic Activities
- Louisiana State Bar Association member.
- Public Utility Section member and Past Chair.
- Energy Bar Association member and President of the New Orleans Chapter.
- Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States member.
- Louisiana Bar Foundation Fellow.
- Served on an Energy Policy Task Force for the City of New Orleans.
- Dana served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Tulane University Law School, where she taught a course in Energy Law and Policy for five years. She has also been a guest lecturer on the topic of Public Utility Regulation and Evidence Law at Tulane and Louisiana State University Law Schools.
Honors & Awards
Honors & Awards
- Best Lawyers in America 2020 – 2023.
- Chambers and Partners 2010 – 2022.
- Louisiana Super Lawyers 2021 and 2022.
- New Orleans Magazine "Top Lawyer" 2012 – 2021.
- New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law 2019 honoree.
- Energy Bar Association Ambassador Award 2016 recipient.
News & Events
In the News
- Louisiana Federal and State Courts
- United States Supreme Court
Tulane University Law School, magna cum laude, J.D., 1996
- Received a certificate of specialization in Environmental Law
- Order of the Coif
- Member, Tulane Law Review, 1995-96
- Tulane Moot Court Board, 1994-95
- Notes and Comments Editor, Tulane Maritime Law Journal, 1994-96
Tulane University, magna cum laude, 1993
- Law clerk to the Honorable Jack C. Watson and the Honorable Walter F. Marcus Jr., both of the Louisiana Supreme Court, 1996-97.