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Jeff is an accomplished litigator. One satisfied client said: "What I appreciate about his style is that he's very loyal to us as a client - he always makes sure that he understands what we need. He's outspoken and won't hesitate to get into a debate, because he's got a keen sense of what our interests are and he's trying to protect them." 

- Chambers Canada, 2018 Guide

Jeff is a litigation partner, with a practice focused on energy and regulated utilities. He appears regularly before administrative tribunals such as the BC and Alberta Utilities Commissions and the BC Oil and Gas Commission. 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 a contributor to the Project Law Blog, a resource that updates proponents on the law and policy applicable to major project development in Canada. 

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 Chair
  • 2015 Federal Election, Policy and Research Committee Chair for J. Wilkinson Campaign
  • 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

Recognitions & Rankings

Recognitions & Rankings

  • Benchmark Canada: The Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys: recognized as a Litigation Star for Energy and Natural Resources litigation in British Columbia
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for Energy Regulatory law
  • Chambers Canada: recognized in the Energy: Power (Regulatory) (Canada) and Energy: Regulatory & Litigation (British Columbia) category
  • Chambers Global: recognized in the Energy: Power (Regulatory) (Canada) category
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: consistently recommended as a Leading Practitioner for Energy (Electricity)
  • Lexpert Special Edition 2016-2018: Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers
  • Lexpert Special Edition 2016 & 2017: Leading Canadian Lawyers in Energy
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2016 & 2017: recognized for Energy (Electricity)
  • Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory: BV Peer Review rated
  • Best Lawyers: Energy Regulatory Law Lawyer of the Year in Vancouver for 2013

Experience

Experience

Recent experience includes acting as counsel to:

  • A client in disputes before the BC Oil and Gas Commission and the Oil and Gas Appeal Tribunal regarding risks associated with certain oil and gas-related activities 
  • An electric utility in an application before the BC Utilities Commission for the approval of the acquisition of an interest in a 490 MW hydroelectric dam 
  • Parties before the Alberta Utilities Commission regarding challenges to rules of the independent system operator
  • Clients before the National Energy Board and Federal Court on electricity export matters
  • A power marketing company in rate and market structure proceedings before the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (now the Alberta Utilities Commission)
  • 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, distribution and transmission extension policies, tariff terms and conditions and time-of-use rates
  • A party in regard to the regulatory framework and strategy implied by British Columbia's 2016 Climate Leadership Plan (August 2016) which contemplates the electrification of certain loads in British Columbia to displace fossil fuels and reduce GHG emissions 
  • An electric utility in responding to the BC Utilities Commission's review of certain aspects of the Mandatory Reliability Standards (MRS) in British Columbia 
  • Developers and property owners on regulatory implications of district energy systems.
  • US financiers on regulatory proceedings related to acquisitions of BC utilities
  • Consumer groups in Northwest Territory utility rate proceedings 
  • A potential purchaser of a water utility on the exclusivity of the utility’s franchise
  • Utility appellants at the Federal Court on a metering approval decision made by Measurement Canada
  • A party negotiating its participation in a regional transmission organization (RTO)
  • A utility services company considering entering the Canadian sub-metering market
  • A Canadian railway company in a rate dispute before the Canadian Transportation Agency

News & Publications

News & Publications

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

Assistant Contact

  • Brooke Glover
  • Legal Assistant
  • T: 604.408.5318

Bar Admissions

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

Education

University of British Columbia (BASc, Honours, Geotechnical Engineering, 1988)

Dalhousie University (LLB, 1993)

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