Roger R. Kemppel
      Richard R. Huffman
      Donald C. Ellis
      John Andrew Leman
      Dean D. Thompson
      Paul J. Jones
      S. Lynn Erwin
      Robert A. Royce
      Jonathon Green

 


DEAN D. THOMPSON
Shareholder

Practice Areas: Corporate and Business Law, Public Utilities,
Regulatory and Administrative Law

Telephone: (907) 277-1604
Fax: (907) 276-2493
E-mail

EXPERIENCE

Dean Thompson began work with the firm in 1997. His practice focuses primarily on representation of corporate and business clients. Many of Mr. Thompson’s clients are electric and telecommunications utilities, including municipal, cooperative, and investor owned utilities. Mr. Thompson also represents water, sewer, and refuse utilities, and other non-utility businesses and trade associations. He has worked in the public utility industry since 1990 and, prior to practicing law, worked for several years as a utility economist, consultant, and rates and tariffs manager.

Mr. Thompson has several years of experience with all phases of the regulatory process of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA), including certificate of public convenience and necessity matters; rate case litigation; deregulation elections, equity management plans; confidential records issues; and judicial appeals of agency decisions. He has a substantial background in utility rate making, including revenue requirements, cost of service, rate design, special contracts, cost of power adjustment (COPA) rates, power cost equalization (PCE) rates, and joint use/pole attachment rates.

Mr. Thompson has also represented clients regarding cogeneration and independent power production matters under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA). He has represented clients in legislative and rulemaking matters and is experienced in drafting proposed legislation and regulations. In addition to regulatory and legislative matters, Mr. Thompson has advised public utilities and other clients in business and corporate matters, including business sales and purchase transactions, government public records matters, power sales agreements, formation and governance of corporations and limited liability companies, and competitive procurement and bid protests.

Past engagements relating to the RCA include representing: an electric utility in multi-year litigation regarding its ownership interest in a natural gas field and electric rate cases; a retail electric utility in the rate cases of its wholesale power supplier; an electric utility in the rate case of its natural gas transporter; a utility trade association in rulemaking proceedings regarding regulations governing joint use, COPA rates, and PCE, net metering and interconnection, and other matters; various telephone companies in local and intrastate interexchange access rate cases and quality of service proceedings; electric, telephone, and sewer utilities in becoming exempt from economic regulation; and electric, telephone, water, and refuse utilities in obtaining or transferring certificates of public convenience and necessity. Mr. Thompson has also represented electric and telephone utilities in appellate proceedings before the Alaska Superior Court and the Alaska Supreme Court.

Past business and corporate engagements include representing electric utilities in the sale of a distribution system and the purchase of a hydroelectric generation plant; representing an electric utility in competitive government procurement processes to provide electric services to military bases; negotiating long-term electric utility power sales agreements; assisting with the formation and governance of a wireless communications limited liability company; representing a refuse utility in a public procurement bid protest and business sale transaction; and representing an Internet information services company in public records matters with the State of Alaska.

EDUCATION

Mr. Thompson graduated from the University of Idaho in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics. He received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Idaho School of Law in 1998, where he was a member and Technical Editor of the Idaho Law Review.

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