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Robert A. Laurie

Senior Counsel

Mr. Laurie’s career in multiple, key roles in various aspects of practice, provide a unique perspective into the workings of government process and policy in serving his clients as of counsel to the Firm.

As a Commissioner of the California Energy Commission, Mr. Laurie held responsibility for power plant permitting, renewable program development and implementation, research and development, energy efficiency and energy emergency planning. He has represented the US State Department on energy and environmental policy in consultations with political leaders throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe.

As Assistant General Counsel, Energy for the Imperial Irrigation District, a public water and energy utility serving 150,000 customers covering 6,500 square miles in southeast California, Mr. Laurie was responsible for all energy-related District legal matters including: transactions (Power Purchase, Interconnections, Affected Systems, Land Leases), compliance (state and federal), permitting, project development and regulatory proceedings, as well as in-house administrative matters including personnel and finance.

Mr. Laurie’s decades in both private practice and public law focused on local government representation, land use and the environment as well as business and real estate transactions. He has served as County Counsel, City Attorney, and General Counsel to local governments and organizations. Mr. Laurie understands public development processes, having represented major development interests and being responsible for the approval of hundreds of small to large residential projects, as well as commercial and industrial developments involving General Plan Amendments, rezones, Specific Plans, Development Agreements and related environmental documentation, including matters involving the California Energy Quality Act (CEQA).

Conducting work in a politically sensitive environment at local, state, federal and international levels, Mr. Laurie has sat on both sides of the dais and is familiar with the regulatory, legislative and political process. He has managed land development permitting and construction matters for private development interests and governmental entities. Further, he has led energy and natural resource policy teams for political candidates at the state and federal levels. Mr. Laurie has a successful record of working well with governmental staff at all levels in order to reach mission success.

Mr. Laurie has regularly led or participated with executive management teams on matters of goal identification, strategies, development of paths to mission success and implementation. He has taught as an adjunct professor land finance law at McGeorge School of Law, as well as business and real estate law and American government and political theory at Folsom Lake College.

Mr. Laurie served in the U.S. Army (Vietnam), as well as a JAG Officer in the California State Military Reserve, responsible for Operational Law guidance to state and local officials during state emergencies.
  • J.D. - University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • B.A. - University of California, Irvine; Political Science
  • A.A. - Los Angeles City College; Business
  • Mediation Certification, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • California Bar
  • Energy Bar Association
  • American Red Cross (Service to Armed Forces; Certified Instructor – International Humanitarian Law (Geneva Conventions))
  • American Legion
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars, Sparks, NV
  • Nevada Rotary
  • JAG Officer (Captain), California State Military Reserve (2010-2016)

Overview

Mr. Laurie’s career in multiple, key roles in various aspects of practice, provide a unique perspective into the workings of government process and policy in serving his clients as of counsel to the Firm.

As a Commissioner of the California Energy Commission, Mr. Laurie held responsibility for power plant permitting, renewable program development and implementation, research and development, energy efficiency and energy emergency planning. He has represented the US State Department on energy and environmental policy in consultations with political leaders throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe.

As Assistant General Counsel, Energy for the Imperial Irrigation District, a public water and energy utility serving 150,000 customers covering 6,500 square miles in southeast California, Mr. Laurie was responsible for all energy-related District legal matters including: transactions (Power Purchase, Interconnections, Affected Systems, Land Leases), compliance (state and federal), permitting, project development and regulatory proceedings, as well as in-house administrative matters including personnel and finance.

Mr. Laurie’s decades in both private practice and public law focused on local government representation, land use and the environment as well as business and real estate transactions. He has served as County Counsel, City Attorney, and General Counsel to local governments and organizations. Mr. Laurie understands public development processes, having represented major development interests and being responsible for the approval of hundreds of small to large residential projects, as well as commercial and industrial developments involving General Plan Amendments, rezones, Specific Plans, Development Agreements and related environmental documentation, including matters involving the California Energy Quality Act (CEQA).

Conducting work in a politically sensitive environment at local, state, federal and international levels, Mr. Laurie has sat on both sides of the dais and is familiar with the regulatory, legislative and political process. He has managed land development permitting and construction matters for private development interests and governmental entities. Further, he has led energy and natural resource policy teams for political candidates at the state and federal levels. Mr. Laurie has a successful record of working well with governmental staff at all levels in order to reach mission success.

Mr. Laurie has regularly led or participated with executive management teams on matters of goal identification, strategies, development of paths to mission success and implementation. He has taught as an adjunct professor land finance law at McGeorge School of Law, as well as business and real estate law and American government and political theory at Folsom Lake College.

Mr. Laurie served in the U.S. Army (Vietnam), as well as a JAG Officer in the California State Military Reserve, responsible for Operational Law guidance to state and local officials during state emergencies.

Education

  • J.D. - University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • B.A. - University of California, Irvine; Political Science
  • A.A. - Los Angeles City College; Business
  • Mediation Certification, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Bar Admissions

  • California Bar

Organizations

  • Energy Bar Association
  • American Red Cross (Service to Armed Forces; Certified Instructor – International Humanitarian Law (Geneva Conventions))
  • American Legion
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars, Sparks, NV
  • Nevada Rotary
  • JAG Officer (Captain), California State Military Reserve (2010-2016)