Kelly Earls is of counsel in the firm's Energy and Utilities Group. She focuses her practice primarily on both traditional and non-traditional energy and utilities law, advising and representing energy, telecommunications and utility companies before state and federal regulatory agencies in a variety of cases.
Since joining the firm, Kelly has represented the interests of large utility companies in various rate and regulatory proceedings before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC). For example, Kelly has been involved in litigation, including discovery and briefing, in connection with IURC approval for a large construction project. Kelly has also represented a major telecommunications company in Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC) cases before the IURC and represented a large-scale independent transmission company that hopes to bring more renewable energy to Indiana. Kelly has also advised clients with respect to new energy legislation in the state of Indiana. Kelly also has experience with North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) audit compliance, including audit, document and witness preparation.
Kelly previously worked as a law clerk at the Mid-Continent Independent System Operator, Inc. (MISO) from 2010-2011, where she gained valuable insight into complex energy regulation, regional transmission organizations, FERC regulation, regulation in MISO's various states, wholesale energy markets and NERC regulation and compliance.
Kelly was also a law clerk at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) where she gained insight into environmental regulation and litigation, particularly as it relates to the energy industry. At IDEM, Kelly was involved in research involving the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR); air pollution standards for sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx); and various emerging Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards.
In 2006, Kelly studied energy policy in aboriginal cultures and travelled throughout Australia to study the impact of self-determination and land rights with an emphasis on mineral rights and energy policy. Kelly had personal counsel with Senator Aiden Ridgeway, and received direct correspondence from then-President, John Howard, concerning these issues.
Kelly received her Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University, graduating with honors in 2006. She then earned her juris doctorate from Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis. Kelly was an associate editor of the Indiana Health Law Review and was the Vice President of the International Human Rights Legal Society. Kelly also completed the New Mexico State University School of Business—Center for Public Utilities—Practical Regulatory Training for the Electric Industry (Rate School).