Chris provides regulatory and transactional counsel to a wide-range of energy clients including public, private, and investor-owned utilities, project developers, and businesses of all sizes.

His regulatory experience includes matters before both federal and state agencies, which frequently require obtaining federal approvals for regulated transactions, including drafting and filing Federal Power Act Section 203 applications with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); preparing applications to obtain market-based rate authority from FERC; and monitoring reporting deadlines and preparing filings to maintain market-based rate authority—such as triennial market power reports and changes in status filings.

Additionally, Chris frequently participates in both federal and state regulatory proceedings, where he provides strategic counsel on local and federal issues. He also often works on other FERC issues, such as transmission rate cases, generator interconnections, OATT compliance and Standards of Conduct, and other FERC compliance matters.

Chris’s transactional experience extends to several different types of energy transactions, such as asset purchases or sales, mergers and acquisitions, power purchase agreements, development of renewable energy facilities, and term sheet negotiation and drafting. A significant portion of his transactional experience includes the disposition of renewable energy facilities and other, related agreements relating to the development of these facilities. Clients benefit from Chris’ background as a former small business owner, which allows him to approach transactions with a practical, common sense approach.

During law school, Chris was a summer associate and law clerk at Van Ness Feldman, focusing on renewable energy project development, real property due diligence, and electric practice issues.

  • Experience

    Regulatory Work

    • Regularly advises a large Northwest utility on OATT and business practice compliance issues, reliability standards, standards of conduct, market behavior rules, interlocking director rules, electronic quarterly reporting, FERC accounting rules, and other FERC and regulatory compliance matters.
    • Represents a coalition of large, independently-owned utilities throughout the FERC Order No. 1000 Regional Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation compliance process.
    • Represents several of the initial California Independent System Operator Corporation EIM Entities on all stages of start-up and compliance, including drafting regulatory filings and documents; providing advice regarding compliance obligations; preparing OATT revisions, business practice manuals, and other internal compliance manuals; and staying abreast of changes in market structures.
    • Counseled international utility and project developer through all matters for the startup of a new business—namely, formation of an unprecedented generation-only balancing area, which representation included strategic advice on regulatory issues, obtaining regulatory approvals, and advising on compliance matters.
    • Acted as lead associate for several utility and developer clients on obtaining various transactional and market-based rate approvals, including approvals of a wind energy acquisition, obtaining market-based rate authority, filing of triennial market power updates, and preparing post-transaction regulatory filings.
    • Regularly participates in various state integrated resource plan proceedings on behalf of an international utility and project developer, including drafting and filing comments, reviewing and commenting on various filings, and attending state utility commission proceedings.
    • Represented one of the largest, independently-owned utilities on all matters of regulatory compliance before the FERC and various state utility commissions, including in administrative hearings and informal disputes with a federal power marketing agency, and on ongoing regulatory compliance issues.
    • Advised a large, independently-owned utility on preparation and filing of an ancillary services rate case with FERC to update rate schedules, which included providing assistance and representation throughout the FERC hearing process.
    • Represented a large, independently-owned utility in defending a complaint brought by the Bonneville Power Administration before FERC regarding interpretation of the OATT and legacy contracts, rollover rights upon termination of grandfathered transmission agreements, and load service under pre-Order No. 888 agreements.
    • Represented a large, independently-owned Northwest utility in connection with a FERC audit and with OATT compliance matters.

    Transactional Work

    • Represented large public utility in several solar acquisition deals, which included asset purchase agreement negotiation and drafting, preparation of document schedules and ancillary agreements, and oversight of due diligence process.
    • Served as project lead on behalf of an international utility and project developer in acquiring a large, pumped storage hydropower generation project, which representation included negotiating and drafting of transaction documents, due diligence, environmental review, and obtaining regulatory approvals.
    • Acted as lead associate on a transaction involving an asset swap and tax deferred exchange of transmission assets and capacity, which included drafting and negotiating deal documents, obtaining regulatory approvals, drafting ancillary agreements, and researching various, transaction-specific issues.
    • Counseled a large, independently-owned utility through obtaining FERC approval for two acquisitions of combined cycle gas generation facilities from unaffiliated third parties.
    • Represented two large, institutional investors in renewable generation facilities in obtaining requisite FERC approvals and authorizations to acquire interests in over $2 billion worth of energy assets.
  • Professional Affiliations

  • Awards & Honors
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    Washington State Bar
    Oregon State Bar
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Areas of Focus

Education

Seattle University School of Law J.D., cum laude, 2010

University of Washington B.A., 2007