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Matthew Bly

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Top Rated Utilities Attorney in Washington, DC

Duncan & Allen LLP
1730 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-289-8400
Fax: 202-289-8450
Selected to Rising Stars: 2021
Licensed in Washington DC Since: 2016
Practice Areas: Utilities (50%), Administrative Law (20%), Appellate (10%), Energy & Natural Resources (10%), Environmental (10%)
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Attorney Profile

A partner at Duncan & Allen LLP, Matthew Bly focuses his practice on legal and regulatory matters affecting energy and utilities companies. Based in Washington, D.C., he joined the firm in September 2020 after being an associate at the District of Columbia office of a well-known global law firm with offices in more than 75 countries.

Mr. Bly represents companies throughout the United States and abroad in a variety of matters. He has handled cases in which he has appeared before such agencies as the U.S. Department of Energy, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and several state authorities. Mr. Bly has handled mergers and acquisitions, ratemaking proceedings, restructurings, systems integration, jurisdictional disputes, audits, investment incentives, state and federal regulatory compliance, and enforcement. He has also negotiated, prepared and reviewed numerous complex agreements relating to his practice.

Throughout his career, Mr. Bly has worked with and advised energy consumers, providers such as rural electric cooperatives, independent producers of power, Native American tribes and utility trade organizations. Admitted to practice in the District of Columbia since 2016, he is additionally admitted to practice before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 9th and District of Columbia Circuits.

Mr. Bly attended Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, as an undergraduate. He majored in government and foreign affairs with a minor in biology, and he was the captain of his school’s varsity soccer team before receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude in 2013. He then enrolled at The George Washington University Law School, and he participated in several moot court competitions and served on the George Washington Journal of Energy and Environmental Law prior to his graduation in 2016.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Utilities
  • 20%Administrative Law
  • 10%Appellate
  • 10%Energy & Natural Resources
  • 10%Environmental
Focus Areas

Government Benefits, Appeals, Energy Law, Environmental Law


1 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2021

About Matthew Bly

First Admitted: 2016, Washington DC

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Chair of the Energy Bar Association’s State Commission Practice Committee. 
  • Vice-Chair of the Energy Bar Association’s State Commission Practice Committee. 

Educational Background

  • Dean's Fellow & Writing Fellow for GW Law's Legal Research and Writing program. Winner of the Dentons 2016 "Gilbert A. Cuneo" Government Contracts Moot Court Competition. Quarter-finalist in the 2016 Van Vleck Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition. Member of the GW Law Moot Court Board, the Mock Trial Board, and Journal of Energy & Environmental Law. Recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award, 2016
  • Walsh University, BA, magna cum laude Walsh Honors Program, Presidential Scholar. Senior Honors Thesis: Mass Incarceration: Breaking the Vicious Circle. Varsity Soccer, Team Captain., 2013

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • To improve the public’s ability to make timely filings and ensure the protection of staff and public filers from potential security risks, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Order No. 862 which encourages the use of electronic filings. The FERC also issued policy clarification and requirements for the public to ensure the validity of compliance in response to a request for an alternative in case eFiling does not work. With risks of potential missteps and statutory deadlines approaching, public filers must be in the know of the practical know-how and best practices that will help mitigate compliance risks and pitfalls. In a LIVE CLE Webcast, FERC compliance experts Brendan H. Connors (Holland & Knight LLP) and Matthew L. Bly (Duncan & Allen, LLP) will provide a thorough discussion of FERC’s new filing requirements. Speakers will discuss current policy updates and other electronic filing issues. They will also offer best practices in managing the underlying complexities brought by the FERC’s new filing requirements. Some of the major topics that will be covered in this course are: The FERC Order No. 862: An Overview Demystifying Implications Common Risks and Pitfalls Best Filing Practices Other Trends on Energy Regulation Outlook, Speaker, A Practical Guide on FERC’s New Filing Requirements: What You Must Know and Do, The Knowledge Group, Energy & Utilities, 2021
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Office Location for Matthew Bly

1730 Rhode Island Avenue NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036

Phone: 202-289-8400

Fax: 202-289-8450

Last Updated: 5/26/2021

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