Mr. Lo Baugh is a Shareholder in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s Los Angeles office and a member of the firm’s Natural Resources Department and well as the Corporate Law Department. His practice includes advising clients on utility, energy, alternative energy, environmental regulations & permitting, climate change, carbon capture and sequestration, water, regulatory, corporate governance, and corporate/business matters. He has worked extensively with energy companies and utilities, and advises governmental entities. In addition he has decades of experience with federal and state utility regulatory matters, as well as environmental policy, permitting and enforcement. He has over 20 years of experience with renewable energy matters including wind, solar, biomass and geothermal, as well as renewable projects associated with Native American Tribal lands.
Les’s experience also includes serving fifteen (15) years as a senior officer and as general counsel for Fortune 500 companies, including two major utilities. He has served as the Chief Environmental and the Compliance officers for major corporations developing and implementing their regulatory, corporate governance, environmental, investment review, internal audit and other policies.
He has had primary legal responsibility for innumerable major utility regulatory proceeds, as well as energy projects including rate cases, cost adjustment matters, penalty proceedings, certificate proceedings, tariff matters, electric & gas jurisdictional and facility matters, LNG export, import and facilities proceedings, pipeline supply proceeding, transmission proceeding, the sale or purchase over 70 generation plants (fossil fuel, hydro, alternative energy and nuclear), formation of utility holding companies, restructuring & reorganization of the two utility companies, and the sale and purchase of numerous companies both in the United States and elsewhere, including both utility and oil & gas companies. He has also had responsibility for the resolution of various Native American tribal disputes involving energy, environmental and other matters. He has been a regular attendee at the Tribal Leaders Forum.
Les also has substantial experience with major transactional & development projects ( including conducting due diligence on over 80 transactions), strategic planning, and counseling Boards and committees of the Board, as well as drafting corporate governance and policy statements and conducing internal investigation including various FCPA investigations and environmental compliance audits. His broad experience also includes over 100 internal investigations.
He has represented corporate clients before numerous regulatory agencies including FERC, Department of Energy, EPA, Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, the California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission, the New York Public Service Commission, Texas Railroad Commission, Canadian National Energy Board, Department of Taxation and other regulatory agencies. (He represented a client before FERC in an energy supply proceeding where the formal hearing consumed more than two years.)
Les has many years of experience assisting companies with strategic planning, investment review decisions and corporate restructuring. He has negotiated major corporate energy transaction such as the merger that resulted in the formation of Sempra Energy, as well as the regulatory and shareholder approval processes. His energy and alternative energy clients have included project developers, solar and wind turbine manufactures, technology companies, financial companies, companies pursuing or evaluating carbon capture options, oil and gas producers and refiners, states and utilities.
He also counseled to a state in developing the state owned renewable energy project and alternative energy learning center. He worked with the Nevada departments of energy and tax in reference to Nevada’s green building incentive proceedings. He represented MGM in its acquisition of Mandalay Bay Resorts, the CityCenter project, and in regulatory proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada.
He has also assisted governmental entities in drafting legislation, ordinances and regulations. He is frequently consulted on LNG, alternative energy, energy policy, climate change, carbon capture and sequestration, , smart grid, green building, transmission, energy and “green” tax incentives, renewable portfolio standards, and other issues. He has testified before Congress as an expert witness on energy, environmental and SEC matters.
He serves on the board of Wishtoyo Foundation/Coast Keepers (a Chumas Native American organization in Malibu devoted to cultural preservation and environmental matter). He is the general counsel to the Board of Directors and serves on the Advisory Board of the Hiawatha Institute of Indigenous Knowledge. For many years Les served on the Board and as Executive Vice President of the Native American Service Agency. He also serves on the board of the newly formed “Support Vets Now”, an organization dedicated to assisting vets successfully integrate into civilian life and work force. Previously he has served on the Board of Directors for the Constitutional Rights Foundation, Angeles Flight, Neighborhood Legal Services, Public Counsel, Exective Committee of the Los Angeles Bar Association, Environmental . Law and Legal Committees of the American Gas Association. He is on the Legal Advisory Committee of the US Green Building Council. He has also served as Ex. VP of the Electric Section/ Regulatory Section of the American Bar Association, Chair of the North American Policy Group of the Carbon Investors and Market Association and is a frequent Delegate to the California Bar Association.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Lo Baugh served as a Legislative Aide at the U.S. Senate in Washington, DC. During his time there, he assisted in the drafting of major environmental and other legislation bills, such as the Endangered Species, Clean Air Act 1970, Clean Water Act, Offshore Drilling Act; the Federal Noise Abatement Acts, etc.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Lo Baugh was a partner at Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., in their Los Angeles office, a senior member of their energy and infrastructure groups and head of their Pacific Rim environmental practice group.