Philip J. Roselli

Office Denver

Phil has been practicing utility law, with an emphasis on administrative litigation, since 1997. He relishes the opportunity to be a zealous “stand-up” advocate for his clients. His diverse practice runs the regulated industry gamut, including electric and gas, telecommunications, and transportation matters before state regulatory commissions, arbitration tribunals, and in federal and state court.

In the utility sector, Phil has broad experience with PURPA, cooperative law, renewable energy, and a variety of cost of service, ratemaking and financing issues. On the energy front Phil has represented both electric and gas utilities, and in some instance state public utilities commissions, dealing with resource planning, PURPA, ratemaking, EV, infrastructure and beneficial electrification issues. For telecom clients, he has experience with intercarrier compensation, interconnection, universal service, 911, ratemaking, access to infrastructure and rights of way, and in acquiring regulatory approvals related to sales, transfers of control, and financings. In the transportation arena, Phil has represented taxi companies, transportation network companies, and governmental transportation districts, in both regulatory rulemakings and administrative litigation proceedings.

Earlier in his career, as Associate General Counsel at Qwest Corporation, Phil headed a group of attorneys responsible for all of the company’s general regulatory matters, including network regulatory and regulatory compliance issues. Mr. Roselli was the lead regulatory lawyer on a number of high profile multi-jurisdictional matters, including the sale of local telephone exchanges in nine states.

Representative Engagements
  • Represented both state public utility commissions and investor owned electric utilities in significant PURPA federal court litigation, including at the 9th and 10th Circuit Courts of Appeal.
  • Represented investor owned electric utilities in rate proceedings, transfers and acquisitions, and related regulatory proceedings.
  • Represented energy and telecommunications clients in AAA arbitration proceedings.
  • Appeared before numerous state public utility commissions on rate matters, transfer and control, and financing proceedings.
  • Handled Section federal district court 253 litigation matters for several telecommunications companies.
  • Obtained all regulatory approvals for U.S. West’s $9B+ sale of its directory assets and publishing business.
  • Litigated telecommunications intercarrier compensation disputes in federal court, before state public utility commissions, and in private arbitrations.
  • Represented both transportation and rail clients in proceedings before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.
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  • Named Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year for Communications Law in Denver (2022)
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers for Communications Law (2016-2023)
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Bar Admissions
  • Colorado
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School
  • B.A., Telecommunications, University of Michigan
  • B.A., Communications, University of Michigan