Debrea M. Terwilliger rejoined the firm in June 2013 as a partner in the firm’s Denver, Colorado office after nearly seven years of government service at the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, where she was an Assistant Staff Counsel and an Administrative Attorney for then-Commission Chairman and for the Commission’s General Counsel. Ms. Terwilliger had previously been an associate with the firm’s Washington, D.C. office before leaving to move to Nevada.
At the PUCN, Ms. Terwilliger has served as the lead Staff attorney on a variety of large Commission cases, including an electric company rate case; electric company resource plan amendments considering renewable purchase power agreements; two gas distribution company rates cases; and water/sewer company rate cases. Additionally, Ms. Terwilliger actively participated in and litigated a variety of adjudicatory matters, including enforcement of Nevada’s “Call Before You Dig” laws; federal PHMSA requirements; grants/revocations of eligible telecommunications carrier applications; and a public utility receivership. Ms. Terwilliger also has been lead counsel on several rulemakings. As a Staff attorney, Ms. Terwilliger drafted legislation and testified before the Nevada Legislature. While Assistant Staff Counsel at the PUCN, Ms. Terwilliger served on the Staff Telecommunications Subcommittee for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).
As a Wilkinson Barker associate, Ms. Terwilliger worked on federal universal service issues, as well as on the merger of two major wireless companies. She also has worked on other issues regarding communications law while in private practice in Washington, D.C., including E911, number portability, E-Rate, spectrum allocation, wireline matters, the purchase/sale of radio and television stations, interconnection issues, auction rules and broadcast programming.