Christopher T. Ellison, Partner
Chris Ellison is a partner at Ellison, Schneider & Harris, a California law firm specializing in energy, water and environmental law. Since admission to the California bar in 1977, Chris has specialized in energy matters, concentrating on transactional, regulatory and arbitration work on behalf of energy suppliers, customers, trade associations and regional reliability organizations. After working for the California Energy Commission, the California Department of Justice Environment Section and another private law firm, Chris helped found Ellison, Schneider & Harris in 1990. Since then, he has been a leading participant in the restructuring of the electric industry to promote open access transmission, customer choice, reliability standards, competition, licensing of new power plants and the promotion of renewable energy. Chris also serves as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.
Chris has actively participated before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission and other agencies regarding a variety of energy and related environmental issues. He has been active within several Western electricity forums on matters of transmission access and electric reliability. He was selected by the California Bar Association to serve on its Committee on the Environment. He has been selected by other attorneys for inclusion in "Best Lawyers in America" (2006), selected for "Northern California Super Lawyers" (2005, 2006) and by Sacramento Magazine for "Best Lawyers in Sacramento" (2006).