April 16, 2018

By Dorothy Atkins

Buchalter Law Firm has hired a team of attorneys from Alcantar & Kahl LLP to join its energy and natural resources group in San Francisco, where they’ll serve as regulatory and corporate counsel to private companies on energy matters, Buchalter has announced.

In an April 12 statement, Buchalter said Evelyn Kahl, Michael Alcantar, Nora Sheriff, Donald Brookhyser and Katherine Morsony are joining the firm as members, along with two analysts and a legal administrator. The new hires are experienced in counseling clients on legal issues relating to climate change, electricity, natural gas, clean energy and demand response, according to the firm. Kahl said in a statement that she and her colleagues are delighted to join Buchalter.

“With the firm’s well-established reputation and full service platform, our team will be able to service our clients on a larger scale,” Kahl said.

Alcantar added that Buchalter’s growth and commitment to the future is remarkable, and he said he’s excited to join a team of lawyers who provide clients with effective business solutions.

Kahl joins the firm with over three decades of experience advising a variety of clients in the energy industry, including electricity and natural gas infrastructure owners and transporters. Kahl has also advocated for reasonable utility rules and rates for natural gas and electricity end-use customers in proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission, and she’s advocated for policy changes before the California Energy Commission and the Air Resources Board, according to her profile on Alcantar & Kahl’s site.

Kahl ― who earned her law degree from the University of California, Hastings School of Law and an undergraduate degree from Concordia College ― also has represented companies in the water industry, along with telecommunications and transportation companies. Most recently, she counseled a client on transporting passengers using autonomous vehicles, the firm said.

Alcantar also joins Buchalter with more than 30 years of experience advising clients on administrative law related to energy issues in the western states and before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, according to the Alcantar & Kahl website. For several years, he represented the nation’s largest municipal utility, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and he also represented large industrial customers, oil and gas companies, conventional and renewable project developers, generation operations and procurement entities.

Additionally, Alcantar has handled solicitations and helped clients successfully negotiate development agreements in new or repowered energy projects, and he’s helped clients ensure compliance with the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California and a law degree from its law school, the Gould School of Law.

Meanwhile, Sheriff, Brookhyser and Morsony have each focused their practices on key energy issues, according to Buchalter. For example, Sheriff helps clients ensure they have access to clean energy tools to help mitigate the impacts of the high cost of California power on California manufacturing, and Brookhyser is a litigator and utility law specialist, who has represented independent generators and others in the industry. Morsony also brings expertise in California’s energy efficiency and greenhouse gas programs, according to the firm.

Buchalter President and CEO Adam J. Bass said the firm has made its energy expertise a “top priority,” and they are thrilled to welcome the new hires to Buchalter.

Buchalter is a full-service business law firm with offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco, Napa Valley, Sacramento, Scottsdale, Arizona and Seattle, Washington.

Source: Law360