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Infrastructure and Regulation

Infrastructure and Regulation

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Belin McCormick’s expertise in the areas of infrastructure and regulation helps clients quickly maneuver through the myriad of governmental regulations applicable to their businesses or in their efforts to supply assets and services essential to the public welfare.  The attorneys of Belin McCormick represent many of the major players in these industries, providing advice, representation and advocacy in all areas of business and individual regulation.

Administrative Law

Belin McCormick represents individuals and businesses before local, state and federal administrative agencies in conjunction with licensing, permitting, certification, declaratory ruling, ratemaking, rulemaking, investigation and contested case proceedings and on appeal from final agency action in such proceedings in state and federal courts.  Examples of local and state administrative agencies before whom our attorneys have practiced include the Des Moines Civil Rights Commission, Iowa Department of Revenue, Iowa Board of Pharmacy Examiners, Iowa Board of Medical Examiners, Iowa Board of Optometry Examiners, Iowa Ethics and Campaign Finance Disclosure Board, Iowa Utilities Board, Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Insurance Division (including the Securities and Regulated Industry Bureau), Iowa Real Estate Commission, Iowa Division of Banking, Iowa Finance Authority, Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa Department of Administrative Services, Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Department of Human Services, Iowa Board of Educational Examiners, Iowa Public Employment Relations Board, Iowa Commissioner of Labor, Iowa Employment Appeal Board (Job Service), Iowa School Budget Review Committee, Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, Iowa Public Employment Relations Board, Labor Services Division-Iowa Workforce Development, Iowa Workers' Compensation Commission and Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division.

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Energy Law

Belin McCormick represents major electric, gas, nuclear, wind and alternative fuels public utilities, municipal utilities, independent power producers, developers and other business entities in utility-related matters.  Our experience includes the organization, acquisition, sale and merger of utility-related businesses and properties, the development of utility projects, siting, certification, condemnation, declaratory ruling, ratemaking, rulemaking, merger, reorganization and compliance proceedings before state and federal administrative agencies and in state and federal courts.  Our attorneys, in addition, represent clients in litigation involving utility-related disputes in state and federal district courts and in the appeal of such matters to state and federal appellate courts.

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Insurance

Iowa is one of the leading states in the nation in the field of insurance.  Des Moines is the home office of many life insurance companies, as well as property and casualty companies.  Belin McCormick attorneys have served as general counsel to life insurance companies and regularly advise a number of insurance companies on legal matters pertaining to regulatory issues, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, mutual holding companies, demutualization and the defense of claims made on policies.  The Firm's attorneys regularly work with the staff of the Iowa Insurance Division to resolve regulatory issues pertinent to the Firm's insurance clients.  The Firm's litigation attorneys have represented clients in various types of insurance litigation, including claims made on policies, bad faith lawsuits and disputes between insurance companies and their agents.

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Telecommunications Law

Belin McCormick represents a number of land line and wireless telecommunications carriers.  The Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 and Iowa's legislation, enacted in 1995, are both intended, in large part, to bring competition to the local exchange telecommunications markets.  The Firm has been involved in numerous regulatory and court proceedings pertaining to this fundamental restructuring of the telecommunications industry brought about by both state and federal legislation. The Firm has been involved in obtaining certificates of public convenience, a necessity for its clients who are competitive, local exchange carriers, has assisted in filing and obtaining approval of tariffs, has filed complaints objecting to tariffs, has represented clients in arbitration proceedings involving the terms and conditions of interconnection agreements and has handled numerous other matters affecting this complex and rapidly changing industry.

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Water Law

Belin McCormick represents major water public utilities, municipal utilities, developers and other business entities in water utility-related matters.  Our experience includes the organization, acquisition, sale and merger of utility-related businesses and properties, the development of utility projects, contractual negotiations between water utilities, siting, certification, condemnation, declaratory ruling, ratemaking, rulemaking, merger, reorganization and compliance proceedings before state and federal administrative agencies and in state and federal courts.  We have also been involved in representing clients before the Iowa Department of Natural Resourses for the purpose of negotiating the terms of water withdrawal permits and water well drilling permits.  Our attorneys, in addition, represent clients in litigation involving utility-related disputes in state and federal district courts and in the appeal of such matters to state and federal appellate courts.

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