Stephen B. Genzer

Stephen B. Genzer

Partner

Contact Info

Phone: (973) 286-6712
Fax: (973) 286-6812

Primary Office

Newark
One Riverfront Plaza
1037 Raymond Blvd., Suite 1520
Newark, NJ 07102-5426

Secondary Office

New York
1270 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 2005
New York, NY 10020

Stephen B. Genzer

Partner

Stephen Genzer is a seasoned utilities lawyer who advises utility companies on legal and regulatory challenges connected with their significantly regulated industries. The issues he handles most frequently are in the ratemaking, operational, financial regulatory related areas. During a career spanning more than 40 years, Stephen has represented clients in hundreds of utility rate, regulatory compliance, and structural matters before the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. When issues cannot be appropriately resolved at the agency, he acts as their counsel in the appellate courts. He also provides clients with perspective on the public interests that the regulators must balance in its decisions based on his former work as a managing attorney for the then New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate, Division of Rate Counsel. In that role, he managed matters involving water, sewer, landfill, solid waste, resource recovery and transportation.

Stephen's work for his clients is informed by his involvement in various proceedings connected to the restructuring of the New Jersey energy industry, including development of the original New Jersey Energy Master Plan. He also has been integrally involved in structural changes to the regulation of other industries, including matters involving the implementation of a Distribution System Improvement Charge (DSIC) for the water industry and various regulatory proceedings involving taxes affecting all New Jersey regulated utilities and other matters. These experiences also contribute to his understanding of how the business needs of his clients intersect with their legal and regulatory challenges. He has managerial responsibilities in his role as the managing partner of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr's Newark office and as a former chair of the firm's practices in energy and public utilities. His knowledge of the regulatory environment is further demonstrated by his past work teaching administrative law as an adjunct professor at Rutgers University School of Law and in the master's program in public administration at Kean University. He continues to teach utility ratemaking as a member of the faculty for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners' Utility Rate Schools, which he has done since 1980.

Stephen was selected by the New Jersey Utilities Association for its Distinguished Service Award.

Experience

Rate cases

Stephen has handled rate cases in numerous industries including electric, natural gas, water, wastewater, solid waste, resource recovery, landfill and transportation. He has been involved in base rate matters as well as in alternate recovery mechanisms involving various expense, expedited, phased, and rate base related asset recovery proceedings. He has also handled innovative CWIP proceedings and DSIC proceedings involving various rate-setting mechanisms dealing with recovery of investments in base rate assets.

Stephen had represented three of the four largest water companies in New Jersey with their rate cases since the mid-1980s. 

Corporate matters requiring regulatory approval

Stephen has advised and represented utility and utility holding companies regarding change of control proceedings and other structural and institutional matters. He also counsels on the drafting of procedures and formal and informal regulations, management audits, focused audits, accounting rules, and many other aspects of utility regulation. 

Select recent representative matters include:

The Southern Company in regulatory proceedings in New Jersey connected to its acquisition of AGLR, the parent company of Elizabethtown Gas.
Representation of several water companies with respect to matters involving New Jersey's Consolidated Tax adjustment and in proceedings involving the Tax Cuts and Jobs act of 2017.

Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Named to The Best Lawyers in America list, Energy Law and Water Law, 2019 to present

Named a "Top Attorney in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut," for Energy Law and Water Law, by New York Magazine, 2010

Designated a "New Jersey Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics magazine, 2006 to 2009

Recipient of Distinguished Service Award, New Jersey Utilities Association, June 2005

 

Memberships and Affiliations

Member, Board of Trustees, Leadership Newark

Former Chair and current Member of the Board of Consulters of the Public Utility Law Section, New Jersey Bar Association

Education

J.D., New York University School of Law, 1976

A.B., Lafayette College, 1973, magna cum laude

  • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

New Jersey
New York

Firm Management Positions

Newark Office, Office Managing Partner

Stephen Genzer is a seasoned utilities lawyer who advises utility companies on legal and regulatory challenges connected with their significantly regulated industries. The issues he handles most frequently are in the ratemaking, operational, financial regulatory related areas. During a career spanning more than 40 years, Stephen has represented clients in hundreds of utility rate, regulatory compliance, and structural matters before the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. When issues cannot be appropriately resolved at the agency, he acts as their counsel in the appellate courts. He also provides clients with perspective on the public interests that the regulators must balance in its decisions based on his former work as a managing attorney for the then New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate, Division of Rate Counsel. In that role, he managed matters involving water, sewer, landfill, solid waste, resource recovery and transportation.

Stephen's work for his clients is informed by his involvement in various proceedings connected to the restructuring of the New Jersey energy industry, including development of the original New Jersey Energy Master Plan. He also has been integrally involved in structural changes to the regulation of other industries, including matters involving the implementation of a Distribution System Improvement Charge (DSIC) for the water industry and various regulatory proceedings involving taxes affecting all New Jersey regulated utilities and other matters. These experiences also contribute to his understanding of how the business needs of his clients intersect with their legal and regulatory challenges. He has managerial responsibilities in his role as the managing partner of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr's Newark office and as a former chair of the firm's practices in energy and public utilities. His knowledge of the regulatory environment is further demonstrated by his past work teaching administrative law as an adjunct professor at Rutgers University School of Law and in the master's program in public administration at Kean University. He continues to teach utility ratemaking as a member of the faculty for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners' Utility Rate Schools, which he has done since 1980.

Stephen was selected by the New Jersey Utilities Association for its Distinguished Service Award.