Janis E. Von Qualen
Jan was an Administrative Law Judge for six years at the Illinois Commerce Commission. As an ALJ, she presided over regulatory hearings on a broad range of issues, relating to electric, gas, water, and telecommunications utilities. In this capacity, she ruled on motions and objections, conducted evidentiary hearings, reviewed evidence, and drafted proposed orders for the Commission’s consideration. Prior to being an ALJ, Jan worked as a trial attorney in the Office of General Counsel at the Commission for 12 years. Jan represented Illinois Commerce Commission Staff in contested, regulatory proceedings before the Commission. She was a lead trial attorney, responsible for the presentation and defense of Staff’s expert testimony, discovery, motion practice, briefing, and settlement negotiations.
In her roles as an ALJ and a litigator, Jan’s experience includes utility rate cases, proposals for the construction of new facilities, environmental efficiency plans, reconciliations of expenses with revenues, and certificates of authority to provide alternative gas and electric services. She is familiar with the requirements for obtaining a certificate to construct electric transmission lines and water or gas pipelines. Jan has litigated and presided over multiple proceedings, encompassing the issues related to the potential for eminent domain authority.
Prior to her work at the Commission, Jan was Counsel to the Governor, during the Edgar administration and an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Springfield. Prior to her public service, Jan was an associate in a private law firm in Springfield.
Jan did her undergraduate studies at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where she received a Bachelors of Arts. She earned her Juris Doctorate at Tulane University, in New Orleans, Louisiana.