Negotiation, Alternative Dispute Resolution & Litigation

The Ellison Schneider Harris & Donlan Energy Practice Group is experienced in arbitration and mediation. Arbitration and mediation can provide efficient and timely resolution of disputes and issues, without incurring the costs and delays associated with civil litigation. One of our attorneys is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s National Roster of Neutrals, specializing in the fair and timely resolution of environmental, contract, and energy disputes.

We understand the importance of building a strong administrative record in anticipation of litigation. The firm has successfully defended projects against administrative mandamus petitions by showing compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and related laws, statutes, and regulations. This litigation experience is highlighted by the successful defense of California Energy Commission (CEC) licensed projects at the California Supreme Court, Third District Court of Appeals, and several Superior Court actions. Moreover, Ellison Schneider Harris & Donlan prevailed in the only reported case on the scope of judicial review of CEC Licensing Decisions (Santa Teresa Citizen Action Group et al. v. California Energy Commission, 105 Cal.App.4th 1441).

Our Energy Practice Group is capable and experienced in guiding our clients through negotiations and alternative dispute resolution processes, and, if ultimately required, they bring the necessary skills and experience to effectively represent our clients in litigation.