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Judge Patricia E. Hurt

Judge Patricia E. Hurt was appointed a FERC Administrative Law Judge by Chairman Norman C. Bay on May 18, 2016. Prior to this appointment, Judge Hurt was an Administrative Law Judge with the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review at the Social Security Administration, presiding first in Michigan and later Virginia.

She began her career in energy working in the market planning and the rates and regulatory affairs departments for a major gas utility. After obtaining her law degree, Judge Hurt served as an attorney advisor in the Office of Administrative Law Judges at the Commission before moving into the energy practice of a top ten multinational law firm, where she represented utilities, rural electric cooperatives, industry associations, and independent power producers in a variety of regulatory, transactional, and litigation matters.

Judge Hurt returned to government service in 2005, serving as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, first in the Civil Rights Division and later the Civil Division. She was called back to FERC in 2007, when she became an attorney advisor to former Commissioner Philip D. Moeller. She later moved into the Office of Administrative Litigation (OAL) as a trial attorney. While in OAL, Judge Hurt performed a 2010 detail as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, prosecuting misdemeanor crimes in the District of Columbia.

Judge Hurt is admitted to practice before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits, and is a member of the Bars of Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Judge Hurt is a graduate of George Mason University (B.S. 1988), Wake Forest University (M.B.A. 1990), and the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America (J.D. 1999).

She has had extensive training in negotiation and mediation, both during her schooling and post-graduate, including attending Harvard University programs on negotiation and mediation in 2008 and 2009.