About FERC Directory of Judges
Judge Lawrence Brenner
Lawrence Brenner, after a nine year hiatus, has returned as of April 2016 to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as a Senior Administrative Law Judge on a part-time basis. Previously, he served as a Commissioner on the Maryland Public Service Commission (2007-15). As an adjunct to his responsibilities on the PSC, he also was Chairman of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Commission, formed by interstate compact among Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia to regulate private sector passenger carriers regionally. He was the PSC's representative and President (2014-15) of the Organization of PJM States comprised of 13 states and the District of Columbia, and the PSCís representative and President (2010-11) of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. He also chaired (2010-15) the Mid-Atlantic Distributed Resources Initiative, formed by seven state utility commissions in collaboration with federal and regional authorities.
Prior to his appointment as a Maryland Commissioner, Judge Brenner was the Deputy Chief Administrative Law Judge for FERC, where previously he had been an administrative law judge since 1994. In addition to deciding cases as a trial judge, he has extensive experience at FERC as a mediator in complex cases, serving at the joint request of opposing parties.
Previously he was an administrative law judge for the U.S. Department of Labor (1986-94), and an administrative judge for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) (1981-86). Prior to his appointment as a judge, he had been in private practice and had served in supervisory and attorney positions with the NRC. He is admitted to practice law in Maryland, the District of Columbia and New York.
Judge Brenner received his Juris Doctor degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1973 and his B.A. in Economics from Brooklyn College in 1967. He won the best brief award in the annual law school moot court competition. He was in the Army from 1968-1970, including service in Vietnam.
Judge Brenner is a past president of two judicial associations: The Forum of U.S. Administrative Law Judges (2003-05) and the Federal Administrative Law Judges Conference (2002-03).