Paul Fox primarily represents Canadian electric utilities, natural gas companies and marketers on matters dealing with cross-border energy trade, competition, open access to transmission, enforcement and investigations, ratemaking, rulemakings, restructuring and regulatory compliance. He has more than 40 years of experience litigating complex, multi-party energy-related proceedings before tribunals such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), federal trial and appellate courts and arbitration tribunals in the United States and Canada. He has more than 25 years of experience representing clients in the Pacific Northwest, and has also appeared before the National Energy Board of Canada and the British Columbia Utilities Commission.
Particularly credentialed in cross-border energy trade with Canada, Paul advises on electricity trade with bilateral and organized markets throughout the Western Energy Coordination Council (WECC) region, and has extensive experience with major hydropower systems. He has also been involved with restructuring and reciprocal access issues involving Canadian transmission providers and their power marketing subsidiaries in both Eastern and Western Canada. His practice includes issues arising under the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and the Columbia River Treaty. He has also been involved with long-term gas import projects from both Canada and Mexico.
Paul started the firm’s FERC practice in 1977 and was resident in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office from 1977 - 1993. Paul then relocated to Austin, where he served as office managing partner from 1994 - 2001. In April 2010, he helped open the firm’s Seattle office and served as its first managing partner until October 2015. He has also served four terms on the firm’s management committee.