Dennis J. Hough, Jr. practices in the area of energy law. Prior to joining Duane Morris, Mr. Hough worked for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Office of the General Counsel, Energy Markets, drafting FERC orders regarding regional transmission organizations (RTOs), independent system operators (ISOs), energy generators and other energy companies.

Mr. Hough is a 2010 magna cum laude graduate of Duquesne University School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Duquesne Business Law Journal, and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to attending law school, he served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, where he worked as a project engineer for construction projects. Mr. Hough is a licensed professional engineer and worked as an engineer in the construction industry before his military service.

Areas of Practice

  • Energy Law

Representative Matters

  • Acts as counsel to a Regional Transmission Organization on a broad range of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) matters involving wholesale electricity markets, provision of transmission service, generator interconnection procedures, service agreements, FPA 205 filings, complaints, cost allocation, system support resource agreements, joint operating agreements with other RTOs and ISOs, tariff rules and administration, and NERC compliance issues.
  • Advised a large institutional investor in its $1.3 billion investment in Freeport LNG's $4 billion construction project to build the first two trains of its natural gas liquefaction and LNG loading facility on Quintana Island near Freeport, Texas.
  • In a pro bono representation, successfully petitioned for special immigrant juvenile status for two minor children from Honduras before the D.C. Superior Court Family Division, the Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
  • Secured a major order from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorizing the acquisition of a power company by an infrastructure investment firm. The complex series of regulatory approvals included the authorization to acquire the power company from a Midwest holding company; the authorization to the power company to issue securities; notice of certain "market based rate" authorization changes as well as certain changes affecting the power company's hydroelectric facilities; and the filing of "public utility holding company" status.
  • Acted as Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) advisors and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) counsel in a series of major filings before both agencies which began the formal process for seeking a series of approvals, waivers and related Federal Power Act, Public Utilities Holding Company Act and Communications Act actions in an acquisition valued at several hundred million dollars.
  • Provided federal energy regulatory advice with respect to a $1.3 billion equity funding for proposed natural gas liquefaction and a LNG loading facility.
  • Represents an international developer of LNG facilities in FERC's NEPA pre-filing and NGA Section 3 LNG terminal authorization proceedings.


  • Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia


  • Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2010
    - Editor-in-Chief, Duquesne Business Law Journal, Vol. 12
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.S., Civil Engineering, 2001


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Associate, 2012-present
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Office of the General Counsel, Energy Markets
    - Attorney, 2010-2012
  • U.S. Air Force, First Lieutenant
    - Engineering Flight Chief, 2006-2007
    - Project Manager, 2004-2006
  • Vollmer Associates
    - Project Engineer – Design, 2003-2004
  • Dick Corporation
    - Project Engineer – Construction, 2001-2003

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, American Lawyer, "Global Finance Deal of the Year in Project Finance," Global Legal Awards, New York, 2015

Professional Activities

  • Licensed Professional Engineer

Selected Publications