Jeremy L. FettyPartner
Jeremy Fetty joined the firm in 2006. Mr. Fetty is currently on the Management Committee and Chair of the firm’s Utility and Business Section. Mr. Fetty’s practice focuses on utility law including energy, communication services, telecommunications, gas, water and waste management; corporate law; cooperative law; and right-of-way law.
Mr. Fetty advises businesses and utilities (for profit, non-profit and cooperative), on regulatory, day-to-day contract and transactional matters, and compliance issues. Mr. Fetty regularly advises businesses and utilities on matters such as Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (“IURC”) matters, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") matters, Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) matters, and Independent System Operator ("ISO") and Regional Transmission Operator ("RTO") matters. He has represented clients in FERC proceedings related to market based tariffs, formula rate tariffs, transmission, compliance, mergers and acquisitions/dispositions, rates and terms for wholesale electric service, qualifying facilities issues and standards of conduct and affiliate relationships, PURPA issues, electric and capacity market issues and RTO participation, particularly Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc., and PJM Interconnection. Mr. Fetty regularly represents utilities in various IURC proceedings related to energy, telecommunications, sewer, water and gas. He also regularly represents utilities with right-of-way issues, including railroad crossing issues.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Fetty worked in Detroit, Michigan, where he spent three years with the Michigan Court of Appeals, first as a research attorney then as a clerk to the Honorable Kathleen Jansen. While in Michigan, he assisted a Special Master in determining individual damages in a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 class action claim against the City of Detroit and assisted a well known arbitrator in the drafting of labor and employment arbitration opinions.
Mr. Fetty is admitted to practice law in Indiana and Michigan, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the Southern District of Indiana, the Northern District of Indiana, the Eastern District of Michigan, and the District of Columbia Court.
LL.M. Labor and Employment Law, Wayne State University Law School, 2005
J.D., Michigan State University College of Law, 2002
magna cum laude
B.S., Manchester College, 1999
Mr. Fetty is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association (Utility Law and Business Law Sections), the State Bar of Michigan, the Energy Bar Association, the Electric Cooperative Bar Association, the Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association, and the International Municipal Lawyers Association. Mr. Fetty is a former Chair of the ISBA Utility Law Section.
Mr. Fetty is currently serving as a board member and President of the Board for the Indiana Cooperative Development Center. He also serves on the legal committee for the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association.
Originally from Frankton, Indiana, Mr. Fetty was a four-year varsity wrestler at Manchester University and an Academic All-American. He served as managing editor of articles for the Michigan State University Law Review. Mr. Fetty is also an eagle scout.
From 2010 through 2017, Mr. Fetty was selected as an “Indiana Super Lawyers Rising Star” in the field of Utility Law. For 2022, Mr. Fetty was selected as an Indiana Super Lawyer in the field of Utility Law.
Mr. Fetty has presented on matters regarding director responsibility, cooperative organization and structure and labor and employment. His publications have included:
Jeremy Fetty, Comment, A “" Fertile” Question: Are Contracts Regarding the Disposition of Frozen Preembryos Worth the Paper upon Which they are Written?, 2001 L.REV. M.S.U. - D.C.L. 1001 (2001)
Jeremy Fetty, Unveiling the Michigan Court of Appeals Pre-Argument Settlement Conference Program: One of the Court's Best Kept Secrets, J. OF APPELLATE PRACTICE & PROCESS Spring 2006, Volume 7, Issue 2. (Mr. Fetty received an award from Michigan State University for continuing legal scholarship for this article)
Jeremy Fetty, OSHA Takes Position Against Texting While Driving, ISBA Business Law Newsletter, Spring 2011
Mr. Fetty’s presentations have included:
Cooperative Law and Legal Structures (Indiana Cooperative Summit, June 6, 2008)
Red Flag Rules & Sunshine (Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, April 1, 2009)
Legal Audit for the Energy Auditor (Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives, April 23, 2009)
Red Flag Rules – Compliance for Municipalities (Indiana Municipal Law XXVI Seminar, June 12, 2009)
Doing Business as a Cooperative (Indiana Cooperative Summit, November 10, 2009)
Organization Primer – Statewide Farmers Market Association (Farmers Market Boot Camp, December 16, 2009)
What You Need to Know – Lobbying by all Types of Exempt Organizations (Indiana CPA Society, June 10, 2010)
2010 Workplace Law Seminar (Electric Cooperative Bar Association, June 14, 2010 and July 26, 2010)
Workplace Law for HR Pros 2010 (National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, July 13, 2010)
Social Networking, Blogging & Professional Responsibility – New Ethics Issues for Lawyers (Indiana Utility Law Section Spring Seminar, April 29, 2011 and Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association, June 21, 2013)
Record Retention for Indiana REMCs (Indiana Statewide Association of RECs, Accounting Section, October 17, 2013)
Legal Considerations in Organizing a Food Cooperative (Up and Coming, Up and Running Co-op Conference, February 28, 2014)
Level Playing Field: Transition to Statewide Systems for Video Franchising (Indiana Broadband & Technology Association, April 28, 2015)
FERC & PURPA: Issues for Electric Distribution Cooperatives (Parr Richey CLE at Indiana Electric Cooperatives, October 16, 2015)
Utility Rights of Way Issues at Railroad Crossings (Parr Richey CLE at Indiana Electric Cooperatives, October 7, 2016)
CAF Phase II Auction (Indiana Broadband & Technology Association, December 8, 2016)
Municipal Utilities and Railroads Right-of-Way Issues (Indiana Municipal Lawyers Summit, June 22, 2017)
Protecting the Electric Cooperative in Event of Member Bankruptcy (Parr Richey CLE at Indiana Electric Cooperatives, October 20, 2017)
Communications Service Provider and Railroads Right-of-Way Issues (Great Lakes Technology Showcase, October 25, 2017)
INDOT Right-of-Way Policies (Indiana Broadband Technology Association Spring Meeting, April 19, 2018)
Utilities & Railroad Right-of-Way Issues (NineStar Connect, July 27, 2018)
Broadband Business Organizations: Partnerships/Mergers (Indiana Broadband & Technology Association, September 11, 2018)
INDOT - New Right-of-Way Policies Related to Broadband Facilities (ISBA Utility Law Section Fall Seminar, September 13, 2018)
Legal and Regulatory Issues of Broadband (Panel at 2018 G&T Lawyers 2018 Legal Seminar)
INDOT - Broadband Permitting and Railroad Crossings Right-of Way Matters (Indiana Rural Broadband Association Annual Leadership Forum, October 21, 2020)
Legal Considerations, The Cooperative Conversion Process (Employee Ownership Conference, November 30, 2021)
IUSF Triennial Review (Indiana Rural Broadband Association, February 24, 2022)
Railroad(ed) (Indiana Rural Broadband Leadership Forum, September 7, 2023)