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Fox, Paul W.
Paul W. Fox
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Paul Fox primarily represents Canadian electric utilities, natural gas companies and marketers on matters dealing with cross-border energy trade, competition, open access to transmission, enforcement and investigations, ratemaking, rulemakings, restructuring and regulatory compliance. He has more than 35 years of experience litigating complex, multi-party energy-related proceedings before tribunals such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), federal trial and appellate courts and arbitration tribunals in the U.S. and Canada. He has more than 20 years of experience representing  clients in the Pacific Northwest, and has also appeared before the National Energy Board of Canada and the British Columbia Utilities Commission.

Particularly credentialed in cross-border energy trade with Canada, Paul advises on electricity trade with bilateral and organized markets throughout the Western Energy Coordination Council (WECC) region, and has extensive experience with major hydropower systems. He has also been involved with restructuring and reciprocal access issues involving Canadian transmission providers and their power marketing subsidiaries in both Eastern and Western Canada. His practice includes issues arising under the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and the Columbia River Treaty. He has also been involved with long-term gas import projects from both Canada and Mexico.

Paul started the firm’s FERC practice in 1977 and was resident in the firm’s Washington, DC office from 1977 to 1993.  Paul then relocated to Austin and headed the firm’s Austin office from 1994 to 2001.  He then helped open the firm’s Seattle office and served as its first Managing Partner from April 2010 to October 2015.  He has also served four terms on the firm’s Management Committee.  

Representative Matters

Representation of major western Canadian provincially-owned electric utility on restructuring, export, treaty, transmission and reciprocal access issues.

Representation of major western Canadian provincially-owned electric utility's power marketing subsidiary in a wide range of cross-border trade and US regulatory issues before FERC, DOE and the CFTC, and in complex arbitration, rulemakings, regulatory litigation and appellate proceedings.

Defended major power seller in multi-year, multiple-docket litigation at FERC regarding the California Power Crisis of 2000-2001, and negotiated $750 million omnibus settlement

Representation of eastern Canadian provincially-owned utility on electric industry restructuring and reciprocal access issues.

Twenty years of experience with contested BPA rate, tariff, transmission, reciprocal access and arbitration proceedings, including review of BPA decisions by FERC and the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Extensive experience with the North American Electricity Reliability Council , WECC, the Northwest Power Pool , the Western Systems Power Pool, the California Independent System Operator, the Alberta Electric System Operator, and the California Air Resources Board Cap & Trade Program.


J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 1972
B.A., cum laude, Harvard University, 1970

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 5th, 9th and District of Columbia Circuits
U.S. Supreme Court


Energy Bar Association


Chambers & Partners, Chambers USA, Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation), 2011-2016
Legalease, The Legal 500 United States, Energy: Litigation , 2010-2012; Energy: Regulatory, 2013-2014
Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Rating