John N. Estes III

John Estes, a partner with Skadden’s Energy Regulation and Litigation Group, focuses on FERC enforcement and litigation at the agency and on judicial review. He has defended a majority of the FERC enforcement cases involving market manipulation allegations that have become public, including representing Barclays Bank PLC (the first case to go to federal district court), JP Morgan Ventures Energy Corp., DB Energy Trading, LLC, Rumford Paper Company and Dr. Alan Chen. He previously defended Energy Transfer Partners in one of the first FERC market manipulation cases, which settled on favorable terms on the eve of trial. He defended H.Q. (United States) in the first complaint case claiming market manipulation. He also has navigated many nonpublic FERC enforcement cases to conclusion without sanction.