Board of Directors
Maureen O. Helmer
Partner, Hiscock & Barclay, LLP
Maureen O. Helmer is a partner at the regional law firm of Hiscock & Barclay, LLP and Co-Chairs its Regulatory Practice Area. Maureen concentrates her practice on energy and telecommunications law, as well as corporate and professional ethics, security and the New York State Legislature.
Maureen has had an expansive career touching on a broad range of issues related to New York energy and telecommunications law. After serving in several utility-related Staff capacities in the State Legislature (including Counsel to the Senate EnergyCommittee), Maureen served as General Counsel and later as Chair of the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC).
Maureen's tenure at the PSC spanned a time of sweeping change in the telecommunications and energy industries (1996-2003). A key goal during her time there was the development of rational market rules that would nurture innovation and reduce barriers to competition while maintaining reliable service. It was with this goal in mind that she took on a leadership role in increasing coordination between New York and its neighboring U.S. and Canadian ISOs and RTOs. During this initiative, she was a vocal advocate for resolving "seams" issues and enhancing regional reliability.
Maureen's tenure was also marked by a significant amount of regulatory work surrounding the permitting of electric generation (she Chaired the New York State Board on Electricity Siting and the Environment) and natural gas transmission (Millennium Pipeline).
In addition to her work during the restructuring of the energy and telecommunications markets, Maureen's involvement in critical infrastructure issues in the wake of 9/11 has led to an ongoing interest and involvement in security and cybersecurity issues on a national basis. Since leaving the Commission, Maureen has advised and provided legal services to a wide array of electric generators, distributors, transmissionowners and telecommunications companies in working with New York government entities. She speaks on regulatory issues and ethics issues on a regular basis.