Timothy J. Lundgren, Partner, Potomac Law Group, PLLC

Tim Lundgren co-chairs the energy and environmental practice at Potomas Law Group, represents clients before the Michigan Public Service Commission, including energy suppliers and developers, marketers, manufacturers, agricultural processors, public entities and institutions, and trade associations. Tim also advises clients on developing issues in energy law and policy in Michigan, and assists them with legislative proposals.

Laura A. Chappelle, Partner, Potomac Law Group, PLLC

Laura Chappelle focuses on regulatory and legal policy issues involving energy, telecommunications and advanced communications sectors. She has more than 20 years of experience in wholesale, retail and regional energy, and telecommunications issues.

Laura was appointed by Governor John Engler as Chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) from 2000 until 2003. During her tenure as Chairman, and subsequently as a Commissioner until 2007, Laura participated as one of the founding members of the Organization of MISO States (OMS) and the Organization of PJM States (OPSI). Prior to her appointment to the MPSC, Laura was Governor Engler’s Deputy Legal Counsel and Regulatory Policy Advisor.

Laura was previously a long-time legislative staff member with the Michigan Legislature, serving as an attorney for former House Speaker Paul Hillegonds, a regulatory policy advisor for the House Republican Policy Office, and the legislative aide for former Senator William Van Regenmorter.

Laura began her legal career in her hometown of Saginaw, Michigan, where she was an assistant prosecuting attorney for the Saginaw Prosecutor’s Office and clerked for two Saginaw Chief Circuit Court judges.  She is licensed to practice law in both Michigan and Illinois.


Alexander J. Zakem, AJZ-Consulting

Alex Zakem is a consultant specializing in issues involving the competitive electric market, electric reliability, regional transmission organization tariffs and procedures, and state and federal energy regulation and rates.  Prior to that, he was Vice President of Operations at Quest Energy, a retail electric supplier and an affiliate of Integrys Energy Services.  Before that, he was the Director of Power Sourcing and Reliability at DTE Energy, where he worked for 24 years.

Alex has testified many times as an expert witness at both the Michigan Public Service Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  He has published several papers on various topics on the electric industry.