Of Counsel

Howard Read graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in
1969. He joined the Staff of the New York State Department of Public Service
(“NYSDPS”) in August 1970. While at the NYSDPS Mr. Read represented the
Staff in many cases including telephone and electric and gas utility rates (New York
Telephone Company, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., Niagara
Mohawk Power Corporation, and Rochester Gas & Electric Corporation). He was
also counsel in a number of generic cases, among them the underground siting of
utility facilities and ratemaking for cable television pole attachments.

From 1976 until he left the NYSDPS in 1983, Mr. Read's duties consisted
primarily of court-related work, advising the NYSDPS on legal and policy issues
and supervision of NYSDPS litigation. Court cases included representation of the
NYSDPS in both state and federal courts including the New York Court of Appeals
and the United States Supreme Court. Among others, the cases involved the
legality of fuel adjustment clauses, restrictions on use of bill inserts and
promotional advertising by public utilities and the validity of rate orders.

Mr. Read left the NYSDPS in December of 1983 to engage in the private
practice of law where he now represents clients before federal and state courts, the
FERC, the NYSPSC, the Siting Board, the NYSDEC and other New York
administrative agencies. In addition to his appellate practice, Mr. Read has
represented clients with respect to a variety of general business matters, including
real estate and tax issues. Mr. Read also supervises the Firm's representation of
clients engaged in asset acquisition and financing transactions.