Phyllis Kimmel, JD
Ms. Kimmel is a principal at Miller, Balis & O’Neill, P.C., in Washington, D.C. She represents rural electric cooperatives, municipal power systems, state agencies and trade associations before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state public utility commissions and federal appellate courts. She frequently prepares comments on proposed rulemakings initiated by FERC on issues such as market manipulation, open access transmission reform and integration of renewable resources into the transmission grid.
In March 2010, Ms. Kimmel was diagnosed with breast cancer. After successfully battling her health insurance company over what seemed to be endless errors and denials of reimbursements, Ms. Kimmel began focusing on pro bono assistance for health insurance issues, hoping she could help others avoid the additional stress of denied medical reimbursements during what is already a traumatic time.
While undergoing treatment, Ms. Kimmel remained physically active by attending a biweekly spinning class and a yoga for women cancer survivors class. Last fall, she was a member of the Circle Yoga team at Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s inaugural D.C .Yoga on the Steps event. While still receiving trastuzumab (Herceptin), Ms. Kimmel began running with Cancer to 5K, a program of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. After completing a half marathon this spring, she is returning as a volunteer for the program.