SAN FRANCISCO (November 12, 2012)Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that Arthur L. Haubenstock has joined the firm’s San Francisco and Washington, D.C. offices as a Senior Counsel in the Environment, Energy & Resources (EER) practice.  Haubenstock was most recently Vice President for Regulatory Affairs at BrightSource Energy, Inc., a leading solar thermal energy company, where he was responsible for a wide range of energy and environmental regulatory matters at the federal, state and local levels.  

“We are thrilled that Arthur is joining our EER group here San Francisco,” said Barbara Schussman, Office Managing Partner of Perkins Coie’s San Francisco office.  “As a leader in developing aspects of energy law and policy, and with his deep background in environmental law, Arthur brings an enormous wealth of experience that will be of great interest to many of our clients.”

“I am delighted to be joining Perkins Coie,” said Arthur Haubenstock.  “The firm has an outstanding national practice in the key energy and environmental areas that will be of increasing importance in the years to come.  The high quality of the firm’s lawyers, its stellar client list, and exceptional client service all contribute to making Perking Coie an outstanding place to practice.”

Prior to joining BrightSource in 2008, Haubenstock was an attorney for Pacific Gas and Electric, handling matters pertaining to renewable energy, resource adequacy and market design at the California Independent System Operator Corporation, California Public Utilities Commission and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  Haubenstock previously served as Assistant Regional Counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region IX, where he was responsible for clean air, solid and hazardous waste, and toxics matters, including redevelopment of Superfund and other contaminated sites.  

Bill Malley, Office Managing Partner of Perkins Coie’s Washington, D.C. office, added, “Arthur strengthens our national energy and environmental practice.  Having worked with Arthur at our valued client BrightSource Energy, we know first-hand how effective he is at navigating the complex state and federal procedures that are necessary to bring state-of-the-art renewable energy projects on line.  We had the privilege of working with Arthur and the BrightSource team to achieve approval of the precedent-setting Ivanpah solar project in the Mojave Desert, and we look forward to having his skills available to other clients working on similar projects around the country.”

Haubenstock earned his J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.A. from Wesleyan University.  Haubenstock serves on several boards, including the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technology (CEERT) and the Vote Solar Initiative, and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Solar Energy Industry Association’s Utility-Scale Division.  

Perkins Coie’s Environment, Energy & Resources practice assists government agency and private clients nationwide.  For more than 60 years, the firm has had an active energy law practice representing investor-owned utilities, renewable energy developers, and a variety of power producers.  With 80+ attorneys focused on environmental, energy and resources matters, Perkins Coie is widely recognized for its breadth, depth, experience and capability. 

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