Eric Christensen is a partner in the Seattle law firm Cairncross & Hempelmann. Eric’s practice focuses on regulatory, contract, and litigation matters arising in the clean tech and energy industries. Eric represents Washington’s largest public utility districts as well as a number of the region’s most innovative independent power producers and clean tech companies. Prior to joining Cairncross, Eric was the chairman of the Renewable Energy practice group at Gordon Thomas Honeywell. Prior to that, 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 U.S. Supreme Court and three U.S. 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).