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Gerald E. Wuetcher

Direct Phone: 859.231.3017

Gerald E. Wuetcher

Jerry is Counsel to the Firm in SKO’s Lexington office and is part of the Utility & Energy practice. He joined the firm in 2014, after working for more than 26 years at the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) as a staff attorney, deputy general counsel and executive advisor.

Over the course of his career, Jerry has frequently appeared before the PSC in administrative proceedings involving electric, natural gas, water and sewer utility issues and has represented the PSC in state and federal courts. He also served as the PSC’s representative in several interagency groups addressing water and wastewater issues. He drafted amendments to various provisions of Kentucky’s public utility statutes and revisions to the PSC’s administrative regulations.

From 2009-2013, Jerry was PSC’s representative on the board of the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority. He developed and implemented the PSC’s training program for water utility officials and was an instructor for that program.

Jerry is a frequent speaker on utility and local government issues before such organizations as the Kentucky Rural Water Association, Kentucky League of Cities, Kentucky Association of Counties and Utility Management Institute.

Along with his significant experience in the realm of civilian law, Jerry served for 27 years in the U.S. Army as a judge advocate before retiring at the rank of colonel in 2011. He occupied numerous roles on active duty and in a reserve status.

Utility & Energy: Jerry concentrates on public utility law in Kentucky, but also participates in general and commercial litigation, transactions, employment concerns, securities issues and mergers and acquisitions involving gas, electric and water companies. He handles all facets of regulatory matters, including the negotiation of complex agreements and representation before state agencies and courts.

Work Highlights

Attorney, Kentucky Public Service Commission (1987-2014). Served as a staff attorney, deputy general counsel and executive advisor.  Frequently appeared before the Commission in administrative proceedings involving electric, natural gas, water and sewer utility issues and represented the Commission in state and federal courts.  Responsible for drafting and revising the Commission’s regulations.  Served as the Commission’s representative in various interagency groups addressing water and wastewater issues.  Served as the Commission’s representative on the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority’s Board of Directors (2009-2014).  Developed the Public Service Commission’s water training program for water utility officials.

 

Judge Advocate, U.S. Army (1984 – 2011). Served as a judge advocate in the U.S. Army on active and reserve status in numerous roles.  Retired at the rank of Colonel.

 

Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Louisville (2011)