Carolyn B. Brakey assists commercial, industrial and institutional clients in disputes involving energy, including helping those clients solve problems with their investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities, certified electric retail service (CRES) suppliers and energy brokers. She has experience representing plaintiffs in class action lawsuits involving electricity billing issues.
Applying her undergraduate degree in engineering, Carolyn is skilled at explaining complex concepts involving electricity and natural gas to clients, co-counsel and courts. Her unique combination of energy and legal knowledge makes her a valuable asset to litigation teams.
Carolyn has a thorough understanding of Ohio’s deregulated energy market. She specializes in energy transactions, including negotiating and drafting electric generation, natural gas and demand response agreements. She also drafts requests for proposals (RFPs) for electric generation and natural gas service.
In addition to her role at Meyers Roman, Carolyn serves as General Counsel of Brakey Energy. Brakey Energy provides comprehensive energy management services to approximately 90 large energy users that operate in the state of Ohio. Brakey Energy helps these users lower their energy bills through electric generation and natural gas procurement, demand response, capacity cost mitigation, energy efficiency, and managing regulatory issues.
Prior to joining Meyers Roman, Carolyn worked for two Cleveland law firms as a patent attorney and was a patent examiner for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) before law school.
Carolyn lives in Cleveland Heights with her husband and toddler twins. She regularly practices yoga and enjoys running with her two rescue dogs.
• Represents a group of industrial, commercial and institutional ratepayers in a lawsuit against a certified retail electric service supplier alleging improper billing practices.
• Represents ratepayers in a $188 million class action lawsuit against a municipal utility alleging improper billing practices.
• Represents ratepayers in a multi-million dollar class action lawsuit in federal court against a certified retail electric service supplier alleging improper billing practices.
• Represented a manufacturer in a claim against an energy broker for material misrepresentations and an unconscionably high embedded commission.
• Represented a manufacturer in a lawsuit against an investor-owned utility alleging improper billing practices.
Civic and Professional Involvement
• Association of Corporate Counsel
• Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
• Rising Star, Ohio Super Lawyer, 2020
• Crain’s Cleveland Business “Forty Under 40” Award (2015)
• “Important Provisions for Your Next Generation Supplier Contract.” Manufacturers’ Education Council Conference, Columbus, Ohio. February 21, 2017.
• “Energy Management Playbook: Best Practices and Actionable Measures to Reduce Your Energy Bills.” Manufacturers’ Education Council Conference, Columbus, Ohio. February 16, 2016.
• “FirstEnergy: Electric Rates & Tariffs, Capacity Cost Management, Energy Efficiency Projects, Emergency Demand Response, Shopping for Generation Service, Self-Assessing the Ohio kWh Tax; FERC & PUCO Cases & How to Save Money on Your Electric Bills.” Manufacturers’ Education Council Conference, Akron, Ohio. September 22, 2015.
• “How to Minimize Impact of Soaring Capacity Costs on Electricity Prices in the FirstEnergy Territory.” Manufacturers’ Education Council Conference, Columbus, Ohio. February 25, 2015.
• “Senate Bill 221: Energy Efficiency Savings Opportunities. Actionable Measures Customers Can Take.” Manufacturers’ Education Council Conference, Columbus, Ohio. February 18, 2014.
• “Disputing FirstEnergy’s RTO Expense Surcharge.” Crain’s Cleveland Business, July 11, 2014. http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20140711/ENERGY/140719982/disputing-firstenergys-rto-expense-surcharge
• “Five things to watch for when signing a power generation agreement.” Crain’s Cleveland Business, March 21, 2014. http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20140321/BLOGS05/140329959/five-things-to-watch-for-when-signing-a-power-generation-agreement
• “Capacity auctions show high electric capacity charges will be sticking around.” Crain’s Cleveland Business, May 30, 2014. http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20140530/BLOGS05/140529778/capacity-auctions-show-high-electric-capacity-charges-will-be
• U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
• U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
• All Ohio State Courts
• Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D., 2010)
– American Bar Association/Bloomberg BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Intellectual Property Law
– Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Excellence for the Future Award in Patent Prosecution and Intellectual Property Survey
• Grove City College (B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, 2004)