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Overview

Chris has been practicing for 28 years, concentrating in the area of administrative law with an emphasis in matters pertaining to energy and natural resources.

He represents participants in numerous areas of the electric industry, including competitive retail providers, independent power producers, power marketers, investor-owned and public power utilities, investors, lenders, and customers. Chris focuses on a broad scope of regulatory issues, including compliance and enforcement, commercial disputes, market structure, development related matters, and certification.

Chris participated extensively in the rulemakings and contested cases of the Texas Public Utility Commission to implement its 1999 electric industry restructuring legislation. In addition to regulatory matters, he advises clients on power plant development, acquisition, and financing issues. He is a frequent author and speaker, and a Board member of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance.


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • Chambers USA, Litigation (Electricity), 2014-2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Education

  • J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law
    • with honors
  • B.A., University of Texas at Austin
    • with special honors

Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Austin Bar Association
  • Federalist Society of America
  • Gulf Coast Power Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas, Administrative Law Association
  • Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance, Board of Directors
Experience
  • Lead counsel for the new transmission utility applicant seeking Texas Public Utility Commission certification of what would eventually become the longest utility transmission line in Texas.
  • Lead counsel for the complainants challenging ERCOT’s recommendation of a major transmission upgrade project at the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
  • Lead local counsel on a recent tax equity investment in a 207.2 MW wind farm development, and Texas regulatory counsel on numerous other tax equity investments in wind generation facilities.
  • Lead counsel defending a power generation company against an enforcement action based on alleged failure to comply with ERCOT Protocols.
  • Obtained Texas Public Utility Commission certification for numerous retail electric providers and power generation companies, and handled recurring reporting obligations.
  • Represented a major power marketer and power generation company in obtaining Texas Public Utility Commission approval of a Voluntary Mitigation Plan.
  • Lead counsel for a wind developer on a Texas Public Utility Commission complaint against a Texas utility for failure to interconnect.
  • Represented several retail electric companies defending against Texas Public Utility Commission formal customer complaint cases.
  • Lead counsel to a power plant developer’s gas pipeline affiliate in obtaining Texas Railroad Commission approval for the pipeline and associated tariffs.
  • Counsel or lead counsel in numerous judicial review proceedings of Texas Public Utility Commission orders.
Community Leadership
  • Don and Birdie Reeder Global Emergency Relief Fund, Founder and Director, 2007-present
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters, Volunteer, 2003-2004
  • District 9A Grievance Committee, 1997-2003
  • Women’s Advocacy Project, Volunteer, 1989-1990