Sam is an energy litigator who specializes in high-stakes electricity and natural gas cases. He joins Wilkinson Barker Knauer from the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, where he litigated rate cases and certificate applications before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. In that role, Sam was lead counsel for consumers in a $500 million cost-recovery proceeding and negotiated the settlement in the largest integrated resource plan in Colorado history. He has litigated a wide range of proceedings relating to Colorado’s energy transition, on topics including electric vehicle charging rates, smart meter deployment, renewable power purchase agreement disputes, generation retirement, distribution system planning, and the development of organized wholesale market structures. Sam’s experience also includes numerous rulemaking and investigatory proceedings, as well as challenges to PUC decisions in state court.
Earlier in his career, Sam worked at a large, global law firm where his litigation practice focused on appellate, regulatory, and antitrust matters, representing clients in energy and other high-technology sectors. Prior to that, Sam was a law clerk for the Honorable Diana E. Murphy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and for the Honorable David R. Stras of the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Sam received his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he was an editor of the Stanford Law Review, and his B.S. in physics from Harvey Mudd College.