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Lauren M. Perkins*

Associate (NOT ADMITTED IN D.C.; SUPERVISION BY PRINCIPALS OF THE FIRM, MEMBERS OF THE D.C. BAR)

Lauren started as a summer associate in the Firm’s D.C. office in 2017; she became an Associate with the Firm in December 2018 and will be working in the Sacramento office. As a summer associate, Lauren assisted with research, brief writing, drafting memoranda, and analyzing stakeholder comments in federal and state agency proceedings, including with regard to communications, community choice aggregation, and utility rates.  As an Associate, Lauren’s focus includes regulatory and administrative law, energy and environmental law, community choice aggregation, cyber security, electric reliability, and monitoring California Independent System Operator stakeholder processes.

During law school at the University of San Diego, Lauren interned for the California Department of Transportation (“Caltrans”), California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”), and a federal judge for the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California. She also participated in the Energy Law and Policy Clinic, working on an energy efficiency and enforcement issue for the California Energy Commission.  Lauren served as President of the Environmental Law Society, and the Symposium Coordinator for the Ninth Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium in 2017. She wrote a comment on offshore wind for the San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law and served as an associate editor in 2016. 

As an intern at the CPUC’s Administrative Law Judge Division in San Francisco, Lauren assisted in drafting proposed decisions on private works project applications, including a transmission line, water utility acquisition, railroad crossing, and Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity in a telecommunications case.  Lauren was able to continue observing CPUC proceedings through her Public Interest Law and Practice course at the University of San Diego School of Law. 

Prior to law school, Lauren studied biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she worked in marine labs throughout her undergraduate career and became interested in environmental law and policy. She also worked as a litigation assistant at Snyder Law, LLP in Santa Barbara from 2014-2015. 
  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 2018 (Cum Laude)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, B.S., 2014
  • California
  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 2018 (Cum Laude) 
  • Energy Bar Association 
  • Young Professionals in Energy
  • Author, “Hope on the Horizon for Offshore Wind Development? An Examination of the Regulatory Framework Rhode Island Navigated to Make the Nation’s First Offshore Wind Farm a Reality, and the Implication for California’s Ability to Adopt a Similar Approach under the Coastal Zone Management Act,” San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law. 

Overview

Lauren started as a summer associate in the Firm’s D.C. office in 2017; she became an Associate with the Firm in December 2018 and will be working in the Sacramento office. As a summer associate, Lauren assisted with research, brief writing, drafting memoranda, and analyzing stakeholder comments in federal and state agency proceedings, including with regard to communications, community choice aggregation, and utility rates.  As an Associate, Lauren’s focus includes regulatory and administrative law, energy and environmental law, community choice aggregation, cyber security, electric reliability, and monitoring California Independent System Operator stakeholder processes.

During law school at the University of San Diego, Lauren interned for the California Department of Transportation (“Caltrans”), California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”), and a federal judge for the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California. She also participated in the Energy Law and Policy Clinic, working on an energy efficiency and enforcement issue for the California Energy Commission.  Lauren served as President of the Environmental Law Society, and the Symposium Coordinator for the Ninth Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium in 2017. She wrote a comment on offshore wind for the San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law and served as an associate editor in 2016. 

As an intern at the CPUC’s Administrative Law Judge Division in San Francisco, Lauren assisted in drafting proposed decisions on private works project applications, including a transmission line, water utility acquisition, railroad crossing, and Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity in a telecommunications case.  Lauren was able to continue observing CPUC proceedings through her Public Interest Law and Practice course at the University of San Diego School of Law. 

Prior to law school, Lauren studied biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she worked in marine labs throughout her undergraduate career and became interested in environmental law and policy. She also worked as a litigation assistant at Snyder Law, LLP in Santa Barbara from 2014-2015. 

Education

  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 2018 (Cum Laude)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, B.S., 2014

Bar Admissions

  • California

Honors

  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 2018 (Cum Laude) 

Organizations

  • Energy Bar Association 
  • Young Professionals in Energy

Presentations

  • Author, “Hope on the Horizon for Offshore Wind Development? An Examination of the Regulatory Framework Rhode Island Navigated to Make the Nation’s First Offshore Wind Farm a Reality, and the Implication for California’s Ability to Adopt a Similar Approach under the Coastal Zone Management Act,” San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law.