Jeff Christian

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Lawson Lundell LLP

British Columbia, Canada
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Practice Expertise

  • Administrative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Electric Utilities
  • Energy

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Electric Utilities
  • Energy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Public Law
  • Public Utility and Regulatory
  • Utilities
  • View More

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Jeff is a litigation partner in the Vancouver office, with a practice focused on energy and regulated utilities. He appears regularly before administrative tribunals such as the Alberta and BC Utilities Commissions. He also acts for clients in the insurance, manufacturing and retail sectors at all levels of court, in arbitrations and in mediations.

Jeff was the head of the Litigation Group at Lawson Lundell in 2012-2013.

Jeff is also a regular contributor to the Project Law Blog, a resource that updates proponents on the law and policy applicable to major project development in Canada.

Bar Admissions
British Columbia (1994)
Northwest Territories (2001)
Alberta (2014)

University of British Columbia (B.A.Sc. (Hons.) in Geotechnical Engineering, 1988)
Dalhousie University (LL.B., 1993)

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Electric Utilities
  • Energy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Public Law
  • Public Utility and Regulatory
  • Utilities

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments
Counsel to an electric utility before the BC Utilities Commission on facility approval, revenue requirements, wholesale transmission services, cost of service, and rate design applications, including conservation and time-of-use rates

Counsel to parties before the Alberta Utilities Commission regarding challenges to rules of the independent system operator

Counsel to developers and property owners on regulatory implications of district energy systems

Counsel to US financiers on regulatory proceedings related to acquisitions of BC utilities

Counsel to consumer groups in utility rate proceedings

Counsel to a power marketing company in proceedings before the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (now the Alberta Utilities Commission)

Counsel to a potential purchaser of a water utility on the exclusivity of the utility's franchise

Counsel to utility appellants at the Federal Court on a metering approval decision made by Measurement Canada

Counsel to clients before the National Energy Board and Federal Court on electricity export matters

Counsel to a party negotiating its participation in a regional transmission organization (RTO)

Counsel to a utility services company considering entering the Canadian sub-metering market

Counsel to a Canadian railway company in a rate dispute before the Canadian Transportation Agency

Professional Associations
Green Energy Advisory Task Force (Procurement and Regulatory Reform Group), reporting to the British Columbia Cabinet Committee on Climate Action and Clean Energy, past member
University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, past instructor of Public Utilities Regulation: At the Nexus of Law, Economics and Public Policy
Canadian Institute of Energy, BC Branch, past director
Lawson Lundell Energy Law Newsletter, past editor

Recognition and Ranking
*Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2015: recognized for electricity
*Chambers Global: recognized in the Energy: Power (Regulatory) (Canada) category
*Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for energy regulatory law
*Best Lawyers: Energy Regulatory Law Lawyer of the Year in Vancouver for 2013
*Benchmark Canada: The Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys: recognized for energy and natural resources litigation in British Columbia
*Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015: consistently recommended as a Leading Practitioner for energy (electricity)
*Lexpert's Leading Canadian Energy Lawyers 2013 & 2014

Community Activities
*ActSafe, director and vice-chair
*North Shore Academy of Dancing, advisory committee member
*Boca Del Lupo Theatre Society, past director
*Public Dreams Society, past director
*Access Justice, past clinic volunteer

"Advocacy Before Regulatory Tribunals", 2015 CGA Regulatory Course, Vancouver (March 3, 2015), Speaker

"The Regulatory Compact A Means to Social Justice?", Victoria Law School (October 31, 2013)

"New BC Administrative Penalty Regime", BC Power Summit, Vancouver (March 5-6, 2013)

Canada/US Energy Transactions Strategic Conference, Law Seminars International, Vancouver (August 2010), (co-chair)
BC Power Summit, Vancouver (2007 - 2010), (co-chair


Case Comment: BCUC Decisions regarding Natural Gas Vehicles, Energy Regulatory Quarterly, Volume 1, Fall Edition (January 10, 2014)

Energy Law Bulletin: Administrative Penalty Powers Given to BC Utilities Commission (November 16, 2012)

"Energy (Electricity) Recent Developments of Importance" (January 4, 2011), Co-Author

3rd International Symposium on Energy Engineering, Economics and Policy: EEEP 2011

"Two Solitudes in Western Canada: British Columbia and Alberta Carve Distinct Electricity Policy Paths", The National Law Journal - Energy Report (October 25, 2010)

"BC Oil and Gas Activities Act in Force" (October 4, 2010), Co-Author

Cross-Examination in Tribunal Hearings, Regulatory Boards and Administrative Law Litigation Journal, Vol. 10, No. 2, 586-590 (May 26, 2009)

Servicing and Utilities at Resort Communities in British Columbia (July 22, 2006)

The BC - Alberta Intertie: Impact of Regulatory Change (June 16, 2004)


Project Law Blog

The Lawson Lundell Project Law Blog focuses on updating proponents on new and interesting issues emerging in the law and policy that applies to the development of major projects in Canada. The focus of the blog is on matters relating to environmental assessment and compliance, regulatory matters and aboriginal consultation.

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