Morrison & Foerster LLP announced today that Peter W. Hanschen, a prominent attorney in the Energy and Public Utility field, has joined the firm as a partner. Mr. Hanschen, who comes to the firm from Graham & James, will be based in the San Francisco office and will practice in the Energy Group.
"Peter brings valuable and timely skills to the firm at a time of expansion in our Energy Group," said Stephen Dunham, Chairman of the firm. "His expertise complements that of our energy litigation practice led by Gordon Erspamer, as well as our international practice related to energy project finance and development."
"The world of electricity is rapidly changing, creating an increased demand for the experience in restructuring and regulatory issues that Peter can provide," commented Keith C. Wetmore, head of the firm's Finance and Infrastructure Group and Managing Partner of the San Francisco office. Bob Loeffler, a senior energy partner in the firm's Washington, D.C. office, added, "Peter will also enhance the firm's capability in providing both State and Federal counsel to complex energy projects, a vital service to sponsors who operate under dual state and federal regulatory regimes. We are pleased to have him on our team."
Mr. Hanschen has represented a variety of utilities and other energy concerns before the California Public Utilities Commission and other regulatory bodies. In addition, he has handled international development projects including fuel supply agreements, power purchase agreements, interconnection and transmission agreements, and energy related operating and maintenance and EPC agreements.
"I look forward to joining Morrison & Foerster," said Mr. Hanschen. "The firm's strong energy and finance practices are well positioned to thrive in the fast-changing and increasingly complex environment facing the energy industry today."
Mr. Hanschen's legal career spans 28 years, 25 of which have been spent in the energy field. From 1973 to 1989, Mr. Hanschen worked for Pacific Gas & Electric, where his positions included General Counsel of its interstate pipeline operations and head of PG&E's regulatory legal section. His experience encompasses the electric, gas, oil and steam industries as well as public utility regulations and other forms of economic regulation.
Mr. Hanschen received his J.D. degree from the University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law in 1971.