Christensen, Eric

Author Description

Eric Christensen is a partner and chairman of the energy and telecommunications practice group at the Seattle office of the Pacific Northwest law firm Gordon Thomas Honeywell. Eric’s practice focuses on regulatory, contract, and litigation matters arising in the energy, natural resources, and environmental arenas. Eric represents Washington’s largest public utility districts, a number of independent energy developers, government agencies, businesses, and non-profits. Prior to joining GTH, Eric spent 13 years as Assistant General Counsel for Snohomish County PUD. He was the primary attorney responsible for litigation arising from the Western energy crisis of 2000-01 and the collapse of Enron into bankruptcy, including litigation in the US Supreme Court and three US Courts of Appeal. In addition, Eric was deeply involved in the PUD’s industry-leading renewable energy program, as well as matters related to energy trading, risk management, the Bonneville Power Administration, environmental compliance, and general litigation. Prior to moving to Washington state, Eric spent ten years in Washington, DC, practicing in the areas of regulatory, environmental, and energy law and litigation, including five years defending federal appeals as a trial attorney in FERC’s Office of the Solicitor. He earned an honors degree in biology from the University of Kansas (1984) and an honors law degree from Stanford University (1987).

Authored Reports

The Columbia River Treaty: September 16 Pivot Point for the Future of the Columbia River Basin