Charles Zielinski focuses his practice on the legal and policy issues presented by economic, safety and environmental regulation of the telecommunication and energy industries.  He has represented clients in a wide range of matters, including negotiation and preparation of power contracts, power equipment supply agreements, and power facility services agreements; rate case litigation and administrative agency rulemakings; energy facility certification litigation; qualifying facility, exempt wholesale generator and market-based rate authorizations; appellate advocacy and strategic counseling.  Mr. Zielinski has represented clients before the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, State Regulatory Commissions and the federal courts.

Mr. Zielinski served as an attorney with the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, DC and later was Chairman of the New York State Public Service Commission, the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment, as well as the New York State Task Force on Telecommunications Policy.  Additionally, Mr. Zielinski chaired a national committee that produced a report analyzing the regulatory implications of the National Energy Act for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissions (NARUC).  He also served on the Board of Advisors of the Electric Power Research Institute and New York State’s Environmental Board. Mr. Zielinski is a previous co-leader of Bryan Cave's Energy and Natural Resources Group.

Mr. Zielinski has given speeches before numerous regulatory conferences and Congressional committees.  He is also the author of many articles on energy and telecommunications regulatory issues.  He is AV Preeminent rated in the Lexis-Nexis/Martindale Hubbell peer review system.

Professional Affiliations

    • Energy Bar Association
    • Federal Communications Bar Association
    • Federal Communications Bar Association
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  • “Client Strategies for Supplying and Purchasing Energy Services,” Energy Law Client Strategies, Inside the Minds C-Level Executive Series, Aspatore Books, 2007
  •  “Barriers to Entry: The Fight Against Power Line Communications,” Public Utilities Fortnightly Magazine, December 2004
  • “The Big Bang: Effects of the AT&T Divestiture on the Utility Industry,” Public Utilities Fortnightly, May 1994
  • “Regulation and Public Policy after Divestiture: The State Regulators,” Disconnecting Bell, H. Shooshan, ed., 1984
  • “An Evaluation of TVA Initiatives to Help the Poor Meet Rising Electricity Costs,” High Energy Costs: Assessing the Burden, Resources for the Future, Hans H. Landsberg, ed., The Johns Hopkins University Press: 1982
  • “In Search of a Role for the States in a Competitive Telecommunications Industry,” Changing Patterns in Regulation, Markets and Technology: The Effect of Public Utility Pricing, Proceedings of the Institute of Public Utilities Fifteenth Annual Conference, Mann and Trebing, eds., MSU Public Utilities Papers, 1984
  • “Deregulation: Power in the Marketplace,” Energy Dialog, with Alfred E. Kahn and Matthew Holden, Jr., Fall 1981
  • “Deregulation of Electric Generation,” Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Aspen Institute Energy Policy Forum, Aspen, CO, July 1981
  • “Technological Change and Capital Recovery,” Proceedings of the Iowa State Regulatory Conference, May 1981
  • “Electric Power Strategies for the 1980s,” Energy Utilities, The Next 10 Years, A Symposium at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, March 1981
  • “Electric Power Pricing Objectives,” presentation at EPRI Cost and Rates Workshop, Atlanta, GA, April 1981
  • “Co-generation and Small Power Production,” Proceedings of the Twelfth Annual Conference of the Institute of Public Utilities, MSU Public Utilities Papers, Williamsburg, VA, December 1980
  • “Current Issues in Electric Utility Regulation,” Proceedings of the 92ndAnnual Convention of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Houston, TX, November 1980
  •  “A Different Perspective on Electric Utility Financing and Construction,” Public Utilities Fortnightly, June 1980

Speaking Engagements

  • "Deregulating Electric Generation," National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Great Lakes Conference Annual Meeting (June 1995)
  • Testimony at Hearings before the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on the Telecommunications Competition and Deregulation Act of 1981 (June 11, 1981) (Senate Report No. 97-170 on 5.898, July 27, 1981)
  • Testimony at Hearings before the Subcommittee on Energy and Power of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce of the U.S. House of Representatives on energy conservation initiatives (October 22, 1979) at 326 et. seq. (U.S. GPO Serial No. 96-116, Washington: 1980)
  • Testimony at Hearings before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Energy and Power of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce on Implementation of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (June 18, 1979), at 194-396 (U.S. GPO Serial No. 96-61, Washington: 1980)