James R. Choukas-Bradley

Title: Lawyer
Company: McCarter & English, LLP
Location: Washington, DC, United States

James Choukas-Bradley, Partner at McCarter & English, LLP, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in energy law.

After working as a reporter and editor for several years, Mr. Choukas-Bradley felt a calling to practice law. In 1980, he received a JD and was admitted to practice in the District of Columbia. He first started as a research associate with Scholssberg-Cassidy & Associates before joining as an associate with Miller, Balis & O’Neil PC, where he has been ever since. In 2014, he was named the director of the firm. That same year, he joined in as a partner of McCarter & English LLP. He takes on cases in the energy sector and endeavors to represent his clients while utilizing his consummate and robust skill sets. He focuses on counseling and representing public gas systems and their joint action agencies, individually and in groups, in their dealings with energy suppliers, pipelines, financial institutions, hedge counter parties and customers. As a pioneer and leading practitioner in helping public gas systems operate in the deregulated gas industry, he has assisted in the formation of joint action agencies, development of financed natural gas supply acquisition programs and projects, development of publicly-owned natural gas pipeline projects to attach competitive gas supplies and negotiation of market-leading supply and capacity management transactions.

Mr. Choukas-Bradley attended the University of Vermont, earning a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in 1974. He worked for several years as a reporter and editor, writing for such publications as The Northland News, The Groveton News, The Berlin Reporter, Ad Lib and The Lewiston Sun. In 1978, his interest in law grew when he worked as a legal intern for the Congressional Budget Office in Washington D.C. Two years later, Mr. Choukas-Bradley received a JD from Georgetown University cum laude. Outside of the firms and publications he has worked for, he has also provided his services for such companies as the Tennessee Energy Acquisition Corporation, the Lower Alabama Gas District, Colorado Springs Utilities, Black Belt Energy Gas District, Sugarload Citizens’ Association and Central Plains Energy Project among many other.

In addition to his various roles throughout the years, Mr. Choukas-Bradley has aligned himself with different professional organizations that have aided in his growth and fulfilled his interests. Some of these memberships include the Appalachian Mountain Club, The Lincoln Group, MS Natural Gas Association, Washington Area Music Association, Energy Bar Association, Audubon Naturalist Society, the American Farmland Trust and Phi Beta Kappa. He has written several books, including “Report on Dynamics of Natural Gas Markets and Projected Gas Prices for 2005 and Beyond,” and “The Early Days.” His artistic interests are also displayed in his 2010 performance of ‘Rising Tide’ and his hobbies of singing, songwriting and playing the guitar. He has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who as a 2017 Lifetime Achievement and Industry Leaders recipient.

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