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Nossaman LLP

Lori Anne Dolqueist

Partner

T 415.438.7221
F 415.398.2438
50 California Street, 34th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Lori Anne Dolqueist’s practice focuses on regulatory matters before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). She is experienced in representing clients in utility mergers and acquisitions, rate cases, contract negotiations and other aspects of state and federal regulation. Ms. Dolqueist has specialized expertise in California utility regulatory matters, with particular focus on matters involving water utilities. She has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, NPR and CNBC.com about water scarcity in California.

In recent years, Ms. Dolqueist has been actively engaged by her utility clients in increasingly complex general rate cases before the CPUC and is able to deliver optimal results through both settlement negotiations and CPUC litigation. She has also represented clients in the accelerating number of mergers and acquisitions taking place in the water utility industry in California, and has obtained timely approval of such transactions with favorable terms. Ms. Dolqueist has also successfully obtained approval of controversial multimillion-dollar utility capital projects.

Ms. Dolqueist is able to provide assistance with ratemaking, rulemaking and complaint proceedings at the CPUC for utilities and other interested parties. From developing compelling pleadings to navigating the complex CPUC process, she is able to deliver favorable results for her clients. Additionally, based on her extensive knowledge of administrative hearings, Ms. Dolqueist has developed a multiday witness preparation program that allows both experienced and new witnesses to maximize the effectiveness of their time on the stand.

Prior to joining Nossaman, Ms. Dolqueist was a partner at an international law firm.

Representative Work

  • Suburban Water Systems 2014 General Rate Case. Negotiated a settlement agreement with the Office of Ratepayer Advocates providing for an overall rate increase of approximately $12 million of a three-year period, and prevailed on the remaining litigated issues, including recovery of general rate case expenses.
  • CPUC Approval of San Clemente Dam Removal and Reroute Project. Obtained California Public Utilities Commission approval in September 2012 for California-American Water Company to go forward with an $83 million project to remove the San Clemente Dam and reroute the Carmel River, and recover the associated costs, including $25 million in historical costs associated with the decades-long environmental review, in rates.
  • Navajo Nation Purchase of Navajo Mine. Assisted the Navajo Nation and the Navajo Transitional Energy Company, LLC (NTEC) with the successful purchase of the Navajo Mine from BHP Navajo Coal Co. (a BHP Billiton entity) for $85 million in December 2013. The mine supplies coal to the Four Corners Power Plant and is expected to generate over $4 billion in revenues over the life of the project.
  • CPUC Approval of the Monterey Regional Desalination Project. In December 2010, secured California Public Utilities Commission approval and a Certificate of Convenience and Public Necessity for the $300 million Monterey Regional Desalination Project, a public private partnership consisting of desalination and underground storage.
  • CPUC Approval of SouthWest Water Purchase. Achieved expedited CPUC approval of a transaction in which institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management and Water Asset Management, LLC acquired SouthWest Water Company for $275 million. The transaction was completed in September 2010.
Lori Anne  Dolqueist
Lori Anne  Dolqueist

Practices

Education

L.L.M., Georgetown University Law Center, 1998

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1996

B.A., College of New Jersey, 1992, cum laude

Admissions

Washington, D.C.

Professional Affiliations

Member, Conference of California Public Utility Counsel

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