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Roderick S. Coy

Of Counsel
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Roderick Coy counsels large corporate and institutional utility services in energy, telecommunications, and utility law. In energy regulation, he represents large industrial users searching for energy options.

Rick Coy served more than a decade as an Assistant Attorney General of Michigan where he concentrated in electric, gas, and communications utility regulation and administrative litigation. Rick serves as Of Counsel in the Firm’s Lansing office and contributes to serving the Firm’s clients’ needs before state government officials and agencies. Rick has 50 years’ experience in energy, telecommunications, and utility law in Michigan and provides legal counsel and representation to large corporate and institutional utility service users and their statewide associations, as well as new competitors in these restructured industries. Rick’s practice in gas, electric, and telecommunications regulatory issues has given him a unique vantage point to observe each industry as it has been restructured, moving towards deregulation, increasing competition, and potential reregulation. Rick has been involved in litigation involving state and federal regulatory statutes from the Michigan Public Service Commission to the Michigan Supreme Court and U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal.

In the field of energy regulation, Rick has extensive experience representing and counseling large industrial users searching for energy options. Those potential options have included by-passes, the creation of municipal utilities, merchant power plants, direct access and retail wheeling, special contract rates, co-generation and self-generation, and other measures designed to create alternatives to monopoly utility service and rates. Rick has served as an expert witness on utility regulation and is a frequent participant in seminars on electric utility restructuring.

In telecommunications, Rick has counseled or represented private telecommunications networks, large institutional telecommunications users, such as universities, hospitals, and their associations, competitive telecommunications service providers, and video and broadband service providers and associations. Rick also provided counsel to numerous intermediate school districts that have considered or installed fiber-optic networks. Rick has also represented and counseled a wide array of telecommunications users in participating in regulatory proceedings, negotiation of contracts with telecommunications providers or carriers, arranging for network management services, and compliance with federal, state, and local government regulations. Rick also has provided legal counsel on numerous large-scale wireless projects.

Rick has been deeply engaged for decades in the deregulation and restructuring of the electric utility industry, the increased deployment of fiber optic telecommunications networks in education as well as by competitive telecommunications companies, and the monopoly/competition disputes which were spawned by the restructuring of these industries.

For more than four decades, Rick has been called upon by the Michigan Legislature and its members to serve as a consultant and advisor to numerous legislative task forces and workgroups on energy and communications. He has been an adjunct professor of telecommunications at Michigan State University and he serves on the national advisory board of the Quello Center for Telecommunications Law and Management at Michigan State.

Rick is an experienced negotiator and litigator with respect to locating telecommunications facilities in public rights-of-way under both state and federal laws and has served as regional and national coordinating counsel for firms extending backbone communications networks across the country.


J.D., George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C., 1971
B.A., Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 1968


Best Lawyers in America – Administrative / Regulatory Law; Communications Law; Energy Law

Leading Lawyer


State Bar of Michigan, Administrative Law Section

American Bar Association, Public Utility Law Section

Michigan State Bar Fellow

National Advisory Board, Quello Center for Telecommunications Management and Law, MSU

Michigan Senate Telecommunications Workgroup (2005)

Governor’s Telecommunications Task Force, Advisor (1988-1990)

Michigan Senate Workgroup on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Power

State Bar Licenses


Court Admissions

U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Michigan
U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Michigan
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
U.S. District Ct., C.D. of Illinois
U.S. District Ct., N.D. of Illinois
U.S. District Ct., S.D. of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • Presenter, International Telecommunications Law Conference in Salzburg, Austria