• David L. Huard

    Co-Chair; Energy, Environment and Natural Resources
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    Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1976.


    University of Santa Clara, B.A., 1972.

    National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Annual Regulatory Studies Program; and others.

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    Washington, D.C.

    • Profile
    • Representative Matters
    • Honors & Awards
    • Publications
    • Memberships & Activities
    • Speaking Engagements


    David Huard is the Co-Chair of the firm’s Energy, Environment and Natural Resources practice group, and partner responsible for the Climate Change Solutions group and the Solar and Renewables Project Development team.

    He specializes in commercial, administrative and appellate matters related to the energy industry and maintains offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He has advised and represented natural gas pipelines, electric and natural gas distributors, gas and power marketers, municipalities, counties, special districts, governmental organizations, large consumers, natural gas and oil producers, co-generators, electric generators, clean fuel vehicle groups, solar panel manufacturers, renewable power producers and project developers, and distributed generation manufacturers and customers. His concentration is on project development, sales and purchase of products and services, and regulatory considerations and procedures.

    Following a judicial clerkship, Mr. Huard served as a trial attorney and legal advisor to a commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and as an in-house attorney at the nation's largest natural gas distribution company. He has testified as an expert witness on utility rate design, gas transportation and supply issues, and affiliate transaction rules.

    Representative Matters

    Honors & Awards

    Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society.

    Recognized as a Leading Lawyer, Chambers USA, 2010-2015.

    Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2016.

    Preeminent AV-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell.


    Co-author, “Thoughts on Calif. Drought and Its Impact on Energy,” Law360, October 19, 2015.

    Author, “Implications of the California Drought on Energy Use and Climate Concerns,” Environmental Leader and Energy Manager Today, September 2015.

    Co-author, “Can Use of Administrative Procedures Expedite Complex State Court Civil Litigation?” California Litigation, March 2014.

    "Planning California’s Clean Electric Power Future," Environmental Leader, November 12, 2013.

    "What's Next for the Renewable Power Industry," Environmental Leader, March 19, 2012.

    "Murphy’s Law and Renewable Energy Projects: If It Can Go Wrong, It Probably Will," BNA Daily Environment Report and BNA World Climate Change Report, August 4, 2011.

    "What is Really Causing Renewable Project Failures in California?" Environmental Leader, May 17, 2011.

    "Planning to Manage the Renewable Generation Gap: the ‘Nudge’ vs. the ‘Shove’," BNA International Environment Reporter, BNA World Climate Change Report, & BNA Daily Environment Reporter, September 15, 2010.

    "A Debate Over Large or Small Projects Rages," Sustainable Industries, March 24, 2010.

    "Negotiations of Settlements in a Regulatory Context," Energy Law Client Strategies. Aspatore Books, 69-80, 2007.

    Co-Author, "Do the States Now Control Energy Policy?," Electricity Journal 20(3), April 2007.

    "LNG: Lessons Learned From Long Ago," Power Engineering, May 2005.

    "Impact of the Enron Bankruptcy on Governmental Entities in California and Considerations for the Future," ENRON Litigation Reporter 1(16), September 2002.

    Co-Author, "U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement and Bilateral Energy Trade," World Peace Through Law, China Conference, 1989.

    "Transportation Bypass of Local Distribution Companies - the Newest Jurisdictional Battleground," The Natural Gas Lawyer's Journal 2( 2), March 1988.

    "Regulation of the Importation and Exportation of Natural Gas: A Survey and Analysis of Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act," 15 Journal of International Law and Economics 533, 1981.

    Memberships & Activities

    Admitted to practice in California and District of Columbia.

    Member, State Bar of California.

    Member, District of Columbia Bar.

    Admitted to the United States Supreme Court and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third through Tenth and District of Columbia Circuits.

    Member, Energy Editorial Advisory Board, Law360, 2014

    Member, Energy Bar Association.

    Founder and President (twice past), Western Chapter of the Energy Bar Association.

    Past member, Board of Directors of the Energy Bar Association.

    Past Director, Energy Law Journal, Energy Bar Association.

    Past Director, Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association.

    Member, Board of Visitors, Santa Clara University School of Law 

    Member, Conference of California Public Utility Counsel.

    Permanent Secretary, "End User and Retail Energy Sector," California Independent System Operator, Board Nominee Review Committee, 2006-2011.

    Representative for the San Francisco office on the firm's Pro Bono Committee and, as part of his pro bono activities, has served since 2007 as a judge pro tem in both San Francisco and Los Angeles counties.

    Speaking Engagements

    Mr. Huard is a frequent commentator on energy issues addressing groups as diverse as the International Bar Association, State Bar of California, Energy Bar Association, Institute of Gas Technology, Infocast, Law Seminars International, Platt's Conferences, Southern California Association of Governments, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, California Counties General Services Association, and Community College League of California. He is regularly interviewed by the press on various energy matters.