James P. Dougherty

Harrisburg, PA
100 Pine Street | Harrisburg, PA 17101
T 717.237.5249
F 717.260.1684

Jim has spent over 35 years in the fixed utility industry.  Jim now practices in the Energy and Environmental Law Practice Group of McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC, representing industrial users before state and federal regulatory commissions and agencies with respect to utility matters, including natural gas, electric, water, wastewater and communications.  Jim devotes a significant part of his practice to representing industrial interests before state legislatures on energy matters.


While the majority of Jim's practice is before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and the appellate courts of Pennsylvania, he is also active throughout the Marcellus and Utica Shale Plays and has made many presentations regarding the various aspects of interstate shale gas development.  He has participated in biofuel and alternative fuel development throughout the U.S. and Canada.


Jim is also involved in the valuation and monetization of municipal and municipal authority assets, including water and wastewater facilities.  In 2013, he was counsel to Lehigh County Authority which entered into a 50 year Concession agreement for the City of Allentown's water and sewer facilities; in 2014, he was counsel to Middletown Borough Authority which entered into a 50 year Concession Agreement with United Water/Suez for the Borough's water and wastewater facilities.

Other Areas of Practice

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Association of Professional Energy Managers, Board of Directors 1990-93
  • Connecticut Energy Advisory Board, 1999-2002
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • End Use Subcommittee, Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association, Chair
  • Gas and Electric Coordination, Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association, Co-Chair
  • Marcellus Shale Coalition Member

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  • The Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1977
  • The Pennsylvania State University, M.P.A., 1978
  • George Washington University, M.B.A., 1984
  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1990

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1990
  • District of Columbia, 1991
  • Ohio, 2005
  • New York, 2010

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1993
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1998
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals