Energy, Utility & Regulatory Attorney

Lisa Hardie advises and represents clients in energy, utility, and regulatory matters.  Lisa is experienced in a broad range of administrative and regulatory law, with particular knowledge in the areas of electric industry regulation and litigation, restructuring and deregulation, regulated ratemaking and economic policies, and general business litigation pertaining to energy transactions.

Lisa has advised electric and natural-gas companies on a wide variety of energy issues, and has represented clients in contested-case hearings and litigation before numerous public utility commissions throughout the U.S., the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Bonneville Power Administration, and state and federal courts.  She has participated extensively in federal and state court litigation involving PURPA, the filed-rate doctrine, and liability arising from the failure of California electric markets across the West.

She has also assisted clients with energy-related transactional matters, including risk assessment in connection with the disposition of power plants, applications for certificates of convenience and necessity, negotiation of power purchase agreements, and assistance with generator interconnection and transmission issues.

The energy industry is rapidly evolving to address the impacts of technology changes, customer choice, environmental and equity issues, and climate change. Lisa advises clients on the challenging policy and compliance issues that arise from the changing regulatory and legislative environment, and helps clients navigate the increasingly difficult issues at the intersection of state and federal jurisdiction.

Lisa has an extensive background in utility commission service, including serving for two years as the Chair of the Oregon Public Utility Commission. The Commission, with three commissioners and 125 employees, regulates Oregon’s investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities, as well as certain telecommunication and water companies.  In her role as Chair, Lisa served as Oregon’s representative on the California Independent System Operator’s Board of State Regulators, and as Oregon’s voting representative on the Northern Tier Transmission Group transmission planning organization.

Lisa also served for five years as an Administrative Law Judge for the Oregon Public Utility Commission, where she assisted commissioners with decisions in ratemaking proceedings, conducted evidentiary hearings, oversaw rulemaking proceedings, and conducted utility-related workshops and public outreach meetings across the state.

How I Serve Clients

For the past 20 years, my practice has been focused on serving clients and regulatory agencies in energy matters.  In private practice, my role as an attorney is to help energy industry clients develop effective plans for their objectives in light of the legal, environmental, and ever-changing regulatory framework that impacts business operations.  When disputes arise, I represent clients in seeking to resolve matters effectively; ideally through negotiation and other means, and if necessary through litigation and appeals.

  • Represented electric utility client through all phases of Texas retail electric industry restructuring, including contested-case proceedings and litigation related to divestiture of generation assets, stranded costs, transmission and distribution rates, creation of new retail marketing entities and retail “price to beat” rates, and rulemakings establishing new market rules.
  • Represented an electric utility jointly in matters relating to the 2000-2001 California power crisis involving proceedings at FERC, in federal and state courts, and in various United States Courts of Appeals addressing billions of dollars in disputed charges.
  • Represented electric utility client in federal court and in United States Court of Appeals in challenge to state utility ratemaking decision denying state pass-through of wholesale federal power costs.
  • Advised energy companies in various contested-case and regulatory matters before the Texas Public Utility Commission, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, the Nevada Public Utilities Commission, and the Public Utility Commission of Oregon.
  • Represented various parties in Bonneville Power Administration rate cases, contract disputes, and federal appeals.
  • Assisted energy clients with compliance, rulemakings, negotiated settlements, and litigation involving the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act.
  • Assisted clients with energy project transmission and interconnection issues.
  • Represented client in federal court litigation and appeals involving Clean Water Act compliance issues.

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon State Bar
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Tenth Districts
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States District Court, District of Oregon

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Oregon State Bar Administrative Law Section
  • Member, Oregon State Bar Energy, Telecom, & Utility Law Section
  • Member, Oregon Gay and Lesbian Law Association
  • J.D. (with honors), The University of Texas School of Law (1997)
    • Roger L. Levy Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Law
    • Robert F. Henderson, Jr. Endowed Presidential Scholarship
  • B.A. (Plan II – Liberal Arts Honors Program), The University of Texas (1992)
    • National Merit Scholarship
    • Phi Beta Kappa