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, transmission and generation facilities, renewable energy, solar energy, energy storage, battery storage, interconnection, energy efficiency, gas distribution and telecommunications. He has participated as first chair counsel in numerous ACC proceedings including rate cases, mergers and acquisitions, financings, line sitings, service area extensions, formal complaints, rulemakings and policy dockets.
Through his decades of experience, Michael provides prompt, thoughtful, efficient and effective guidance with respect to a myriad of utility regulatory issues. He also has extensive litigation experience related to these and other areas of law.
Represented electric, gas, water and wastewater utilities in numerous rate case proceedings before the Arizona Corporation Commission
Represented utilities in rulemaking and policy proceedings before the Arizona Corporation Commission regarding a variety of issues, including renewable portfolio standards, energy efficiency, interconnection requirements, competitive telecommunications, consumer privacy and protection, electric vehicles, small water company acquisitions, certificates of convenience and retail electric competition.
Provided advice and obtained necessary regulatory approvals regarding various utility-related transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and financings
Represented telecommunication providers before the Arizona Corporation Commission in obtaining certificates of convenience and necessity (CC&N) and Eligible Telecommunication Carrier (ETC) designations
Harvard Law School (J.D., 1984)
Executive Editor, Harvard Environmental Law Review
Claremont McKenna College (B.A., Biology, summa cum laude, 1981)