Alcantar and Kahl LLP

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Since 1998, Alcantar & Kahl has built an experienced and knowledgeable team to provide regulatory and corporate counsel to private companies engaged in energy matters. Efficient cost-effective, we provide legal solutions that deliver results. Unique solutions to industry challenges, forceful representation and our keen attention to detail have earned us extraordinary client loyalty.

Alcantar & Kahl invests more than 100 years of collective experience to serve the diverse needs of our energy industry clients. We've built our reputation by partnering with our clients and adapting to their changing needs. We specialize in:

-Issue Assessment and Management
-Strategic Counsel
-Energy Agency Rulemaking
-Utility Ratemaking
-Legislative Support
Main Office

Main Office
33 New Montgomery Street, Suite 1850
San Francisco  CA  94105

Phone
  • 415-421-4143
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The law office of Alcantar & Kahl will represent your business legal matters.

Michael Alcantar

OVERVIEW
Michael Alcantar has practiced as a trial litigator, appellate lawyer, and regulatory and corporate counsel to public institutions and private companies for thirty years. His focus is administrative law related to energy matters in the Western states and before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. For several years, he represented the nation's largest municipal utility, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Michael has served as counsel to a group of large industrial metals, chemical, and paper products manufacturing customers of the Bonneville Power Administration, to international oil and gas companies, and to major energy project developers and operators. His work has extended to the development of state energy legislation for energy markets

EXPERIENCE
-Serves as general counsel for the Cogeneration Association of California (formerly known as the Cogenerators of Southern California), the Nevada Independent Energy Coalition, and the Cogeneration Coalition of Washington (formerly known as the Northwest Cogeneration & Industrial Power Coalition).
-Participates extensively in the development of major energy projects, utility ratemaking, power contract negotiations, contract administration advice, and litigation. Engages in the development of natural gas bypass pipelines, fuel supply, energy and gas users tax issues, and steam sales agreements.
-Represented the Western States Petroleum Association on matters pertaining to alternative fuel vehicle regulation and electric industry restructuring.
-Represented the interests of a wide range of industrial clients before state regulatory commissions in Arizona, California, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.
-Presents and litigates major energy issues before BPA, FERC, the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, the Public Utilities Commissions of Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
-Appears before committees of Congress and the California and Nevada legislatures on issues concerning cogeneration development and pricing, electric restructuring and regulation.

BAR MEMBERSHIPS
-California
-Oregon

EDUCATION
-University of Southern California
--1972, B.A.
--1975, J.D.
Education
  • University of Southern California
    Juris Doctorate , 1975

Evelyn Kahl

OVERVIEW
Evelyn Kahl's experience in the energy field spans two decades of California natural gas, electricity and climate change matters in regulatory, legislative and commercial arenas. She engages actively in the debate over California's natural gas, electricity and greenhouse gas regulatory structure. She works cooperatively with industry stakeholders to develop and refine energy legislation. Using this experience, Evelyn counsels natural gas and electricity producers and end-users regarding integration of California energy laws and regulations with business objectives. Evelyn has developed long-standing client relationships with major California energy producers and users. Among other clients, she leads the Energy Producers and Users Coalition and the Indicated Producers, which collectively represent the natural gas and electricity production and consumption interests of eight global energy companies. Prior to earning her law degree, Evelyn was an internal auditor for a multinational agribusiness concern.

EXPERIENCE
-Advocates before the California Public Utilities Commission in generic rulemaking proceedings to enhance access to California markets from North American supply basins and advance the role of competition in California's natural gas market.
-Advocates before the CPUC in utility-specific proceedings to establish reasonable utility rules and rates for natural gas and electricity end-use customers.
-Counsels natural gas and electricity producers and users to integrate business planning with California energy laws and regulations.
-Advocates before the CPUC, California Energy Commission and the Air Resources Board to advance design principles for the natural gas and electricity sectors under California's landmark AB 32 climate change legislation.
-Advocates before the CPUC and CEC to ensure sound policies to support the retention and development of efficient combined heat and power facilities in California.
-Advocates before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in generic market rulemakings and California Independent System Operator proceedings affecting California markets.
-Represents clients in power plant siting and rulemaking matters before the California Energy Commission.
-Counsels renewable energy market participants in proceedings before the CPUC and in the development of Renewable Portfolio Standard regulation.

BAR MEMBERSHIPS
-California

EDUCATION
-University of California, Hastings College of the Law
--1988
--J.D., magna cum laude
-Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota
--1982
--B.A., magna cum laude
Education
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1988

Donald Brookhyser

OVERVIEW
Don Brookhyser has gained diverse experience over the past twenty-five years both as a civil litigator and as a utility law specialist. His utility expertise comes both from working as in-house counsel for Nevada Power and from representing independent generators in his employment with Alcantar & Kahl. Don represented Nevada Power Company in Nevada's industry restructuring proceedings, general rate cases and PURPA rulemaking proceedings. His work for independent generators includes greenhouse gas issues, development of independent system operators and coordination with generators, standby and transmission rates, and interconnection issues.

EXPERIENCE
-Participates in the development of mitigation programs for greenhouse gas, in both state and regional forums. This includes issues of allocation of cogeneration emissions, emission performance standards, reporting and cap and trade programs.
-Represents industrial customers in Bonneville Power Administration cases involving residential exchange issues and development of a tiered rates methodology.
-Represents generators in contesting standby rates in utility general rate cases and transmission tariff cases.
-Represents generators in rate cases of gas distribution utilities including issues of operational flow orders and charges for lost and unaccounted for gas.
-Participated in the development of regional transmission groups, focusing on efforts to organize GridWest, including both legal issues and challenging behind-the-meter issues.
Served as lead of the legal working group for the first phase development of Desert Star ISO. -Represented Nevada Power in the development of the Mountain West ISA.
-Represented Nevada Power in the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada restructuring proceedings. This included preparing numerous comments and legal briefs related to various proposed regulations, appearing in workshops and hearings, and assisting management in developing the Company's approach to each rulemaking initiative.

BAR MEMBERSHIPS
-California
-Nevada
-Oregon
-Washington

EDUCATION
-Georgetown University
--1976, J.D.
-University of Oregon
--1973, B.A.
Education
  • Georgetown University
    Juris Doctorate , 1976

Nora Sheriff

OVERVIEW
Nora Sheriff specializes in regulatory, legislative, end-use contractual transactions, and administrative litigation associated with energy concerns. Nora's prior experience centered on corporate and securities law, focusing on corporate transactions, public and private securities, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, and technology transfers.

Before entering law school, Nora worked as a quality assurance compliance auditor, supporting domestic and international manufacturing activities.

EXPERIENCE
-Advocates for large power users and standby customers in CPUC-jurisdictional utility general rate cases, focusing on revenue allocation and rate design.
-Litigates Qualifying Facility issues, including avoided cost pricing and contract policy issues.
-Negotiates end-use power contracts and departing load matters.
Promotes combined heat and power interests in CPUC long term electric utility procurement proceedings.
-Counsels clients on potential impacts of CPUC policies regarding renewables, demand response and energy efficiency.
-Assists customer generation facilities to navigate the CPUC-jurisdictional Rule 21 interconnection process.
-Advocates for lawful and practicable confidentiality policy and practices at the CPUC and the CEC.
-Advocates for rational allocation of social program costs associated with gas Public Purpose Program surcharges.
-Counsels clients regarding CEC jurisdiction and siting process.
-Promotes solar photovoltaic interest in utility procurement proceedings.

BAR MEMBERSHIPS
-California

EDUCATION
-University of California, Hastings College of the Law
--2000, J.D.
-California State University, Sacramento
--1993, M.A. in International Affairs
-George Washington University
--1991, B.A.
Education
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2000

Katy Morsony

OVERVIEW
Katy Morsony interned with the Center for Democracy and Technology in its San Francisco office, focusing her writing on free speech and privacy issues online. Katy clerked with the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Texas. As a member of the University of Texas Community Development Clinic, Katy assisted pro bono clients with the statutory requirements for not for profit status, and developed a policy position for a local housing advocacy group.

Katy worked at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, DC as an honors paralegal in the Bureau of Competition and as a Congressional Liaison Specialist in the Office of Congressional Relations.

EXPERIENCE
-Advocates before the CPUC to ensure that clients are not negatively impacted by proposed tariffs, rate changes or policy decisions.
-Monitors the California ISO and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to highlight concerns and impacts for clients.
-Interprets California and Federal statutes as well as contract terms to determine the impact on clients.

BAR MEMBERSHIPS
-California

EDUCATION
-The University of Texas School of Law
--2011, J.D. With Honors
-Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
--2004, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa
Education
  • The University of Texas School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2011

John McIntyre

OVERVIEW
John interned at the California Public Utilities Commission before joining Alcantar & Kahl. At the CPUC, he focused on safety, integrity, and record keeping issues for Pacific Gas & Electric's natural gas pipelines. While attending law school, he centered his studies on energy, oil and gas, and administrative law, and was a member of the Texas Tech Law Review. In his final year of law school, he won the 2013 National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition, arguing whether emissions from natural gas processing plants violated the federal Clean Air Act.

EXPERIENCE
-Assisting with oil and gas lease negotiations.
-Reviewing pipeline, road, and oil and gas equipment easements.
-Conducting mineral title searches.

BAR MEMBERSHIPS
-California

EDUCATION
-Texas Tech University School of Law
--2013, J.D., magna cum laude
-Loyola Marymount University
--2008, B.A., cum laude
Education
  • Texas Tech University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate
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