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Michael W. Patten

Michael W. Patten

Partner| Phoenix


Michael Patten focuses his practice in the areas of public utilities, energy and telecommunications. He appears regularly before the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) on matters involving public utilities, electricity, water and wastewater, renewable energy, energy efficiency, gas and telecommunications matters including rate cases, mergers and acquisitions, financings, line sitings, service area extensions, formal complaints, rulemakings, and various ACC proceedings addressing policy issues. Michael also has extensive litigation experience related to these and other areas of the law.

  • Harvard Law School (J.D., 1984)
    • Executive Editor, Harvard Environmental Law Review
  • Claremont McKenna College (B.A., Biology, summa cum laude, 1981)
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • American Bar Association
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • "Water Planning and its Impact on Water Utilities," Presenter, Arizona Water Laws and Regulations Seminar, HalfMoon Education Inc. (January 17, 2014)
  • "Water Utility Regulation," Presenter, Arizona Water Laws and Regulations Seminar, HalfMoon Education Inc. (January 17, 2014)
  • "Telecommunications in the Southwest," Program Co-Chair, Law Seminars International (2001)
  • "Tapping Officials' Secrets: The Door to Open Government in Arizona," Co-Author, Tapping Officials' Secrets, A State Government Compendium, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (1997)
  • "Rulemaking and Regulatory Agencies in Arizona," Author, Arizona Environmental Law Manual, State Bar of Arizona (1995)
  • "Arizona Environmental Law Update," Co-Author and Co-Editor, M. Lee Smith Publishers (Monthly) (1990-1995)
  • Arizona Environmental Law Handbook, Co-Author and Co-Editor, Government Institutes, Inc. (1993)
  • "Liabilities of Underground Storage Tank Ownership or Operation," Author, Environmental Management Review, Government Institutes, Inc., 4th Qtr. (1991)
     
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Communications Law, Energy Law, Administrative/Regulatory Law (2007-2018)
    • Phoenix Lawyer of the Year, Communications Law (2014, 2017)
    • Phoenix Lawyer of the Year, Administrative/Regulatory Law (2016, 2018)
    • Phoenix Lawyer of the Year, Energy Law (2012, 2015)
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, Utilities, Energy & Natural Resources, Communications (2010-2012), Utilities (2007)
  • AZ Business Magazine's Top Lawyers, Energy (2014)
  • Arizona's Finest Lawyers
     
  • Arizona Community Action Association, Board Member
  • Newtown Community Development Corporation and Community Land Trust, Former President and Board Member
  • Tempe Community Council, Former President and Board Member
  • City of Tempe, Transportation Commission, Former Chairman and Commissioner
  • City of Tempe, Planning and Zoning Commission, Former Chairman and Commissioner
  • Tempe Leadership Class IX
     
  • Roshka DeWulf & Patten, Member (2001-2015)
  • Brown & Bain, Partner (1986-2001)
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona, Law Clerk to the Honorable Charles L. Hardy (1984-1986)
     
  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit