Brian Heslin is deputy general counsel for Duke Energy, one of the country's largest electric power companies and distributors of natural gas. In addition to his supervisory responsibilities over the company's FERC electric and natural gas areas, Heslin manages state and federal regulatory matters for Duke Energy's local distribution companies, including Piedmont Natural Gas, the power generation fuels group and midstream pipeline investments.
Prior to joining Duke Energy, Heslin was a partner at the law firm, Moore & Van Allen PLLC ("MVA"). At MVA, a significant portion of his practice focused on the representation of companies and public utilities in the natural gas and other regulated energy industries. His representation included regular appearances before state public service commissions and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Heslin also has represented companies involved in the renewable energy sector, which include solar and biogas transactions.
In addition to his experience in the energy industry, Heslin has considerable experience defending clients and corporations under investigation and indictment by state and federal authorities, conducting internal and external investigations, and representing clients in civil matters including allegations of fraud, embezzlement and other civil causes of action. While in private practice, he leveraged his experience as a prosecutor, defense appellate attorney and civil trial attorney to provide his clients with comprehensive counsel in complex and high-exposure situations. He has defended clients and negotiated significant outcomes with regulatory and enforcement agencies such as FERC, CFTC, U.S. Department of Justice, various state and federal prosecutors' offices, and other federal and state agencies.
Heslin is a prolific writer and speaker about the rapidly changing energy sector, particularly on topics including the growing interdependency between natural gas and electric power generation, hydraulic fracturing and natural gas production, natural gas transportation and flow reversals, LNG exports and other industry trends. To see more of his past writing, please visit the MVA Energy Blog.
Prior to his time at MVA, Heslin was a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice, defending departmental and regulatory federal agencies in various civil matters. In addition, he served as a prosecutor and defense attorney in the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps.