Utility Law

For decades, Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC has had one of the premiere utility law practices in Tennessee. The firm represents water, sewer, and natural gas utilities across the state.  Utilities come in many varieties, including utility districts, municipal utility boards, water and wastewater treatment authorities and private utilities, and the firm has clients in all of these categories. The firm regularly advises utilities on their legal powers and responsibilities, and also has extensive experience negotiating and drafting contracts between utilities and other public entities, property owners and vendors. We understand how utilities fit into the development process, from land use planning to easement acquisition, and often appear before state agencies that regulate utilities, specifically the Utility Management Review Board and the Tennessee Public Utility Commission. When required, we successfully litigate for utilities in federal and state courts, including in jurisdictional and contract disputes, as well as condemnations. The firm has enjoyed a close relationship with the Tennessee Association of Utility Districts since TAUD’s founding in 1957.