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Jeff Christian

  • Brooke Glover
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  • P: 604.408.5318



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Jeff is a litigation partner in the Vancouver office, with a practice focused on energy and regulated utilities. He appears regularly before administrative tribunals such as the Alberta and BC Utilities Commissions. He also acts for clients in the insurance, manufacturing and retail sectors at all levels of court, in arbitrations and in mediations.

Jeff was the head of the Litigation Group at Lawson Lundell in 2012-2013.

Jeff is also a regular contributor to the Project Law Blog, a resource that updates proponents on the law and policy applicable to major project development in Canada. 

Recognition and Ranking

  • Chambers Canada 2017: recognized in the Energy: Power (Regulatory) (Canada) category
  • 2017 Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for Energy Regulatory law
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016: consistently recommended as a Leading Practitioner for Energy (Electricity)
  • Benchmark Canada: The Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys 2016: recognized as a Litigation Star for Energy and Natural Resources litigation in British Columbia
  • Lexpert Special Edition 2016: Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers
  • Lexpert Special Edition 2016: Leading Canadian Lawyers in Energy
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2016: recognized for Energy (Electricity)
  • Chambers Global 2015: recognized in the Energy: Power (Regulatory) (Canada) category
  • Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory: BV Peer Review rated
  • Best Lawyers: Energy Regulatory Law Lawyer of the Year in Vancouver for 2013

Professional Activities

  • Green Energy Advisory Task Force (Procurement and Regulatory Reform Group), reporting to the British Columbia Cabinet Committee on Climate Action and Clean Energy, past member
  • University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, past instructor of Public Utilities Regulation:  At the Nexus of Law, Economics and Public Policy
  • Canadian Institute of Energy, BC Branch, past director
  • Lawson Lundell Energy Law Newsletter, past editor

Community Activities

  • ActSafe, director and vice-chair
  • North Shore Academy of Dancing, advisory committee member
  • Boca Del Lupo Theatre Society, past director
  • Public Dreams Society, past director
  • Access Justice, past clinic volunteer

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia (1994)
  • Northwest Territories (2001)
  • Alberta (2014)


  • University of British Columbia (BASc, Honours, Geotechnical Engineering, 1988)
  • Dalhousie University (LLB, 1993)
  • Counsel to an electric utility before the BC Utilities Commission on facility approval, revenue requirements, wholesale transmission services, cost of service, and rate design applications, including conservation and time-of-use rates
  • Counsel to parties before the Alberta Utilities Commission regarding challenges to rules of the independent system operator
  • Counsel to developers and property owners on regulatory implications of district energy systems
  • Counsel to US financiers on regulatory proceedings related to acquisitions of BC utilities
  • Counsel to consumer groups in utility rate proceedings 
  • Counsel to a power marketing company in proceedings before the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (now the Alberta Utilities Commission)
  • Counsel to a potential purchaser of a water utility on the exclusivity of the utility’s franchise
  • Counsel to utility appellants at the Federal Court on a metering approval decision made by Measurement Canada
  • Counsel to clients before the National Energy Board and Federal Court on electricity export matters
  • Counsel to a party negotiating its participation in a regional transmission organization (RTO)
  • Counsel to a utility services company considering entering the Canadian sub-metering market
  • Counsel to a Canadian railway company in a rate dispute before the Canadian Transportation Agency