Jeffrey S. Lovinger

Jeff Lovinger

Attorney, Partner

Jeff Lovinger joined the firm in 1996. His practice focuses on energy and utility law. Jeff advises clients regarding transmission issues, hydroelectric licensing and compliance, generation interconnection, power purchase agreements, net metering, municipal franchises, service agreements, line extension agreements, system undergrounding, construction, engineering and procurement contracts, eminent domain and other real property issues. He represents clients before state and federal courts, before state public utility commissions, and before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He regularly represents clients in rulemaking proceedings and on legislative advisory committees and he has considerable experience drafting administrative rules and proposed legislation. He has extensive experience advising energy and utility clients on matters of environmental compliance, including compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Clean Water Act. Jeff has broad experience on transmission and interconnection issues including matters related to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order No. 888 and its prodigy.

Jeff is accustomed to managing and successfully resolving complex negotiations involving multiple stakeholders and competing regulatory and policy imperatives. He regularly negotiates interconnection agreements, franchise agreements, line extension agreements, underground conversion agreements, construction agreements, easements, and has negotiated numerous complex settlements, a regional habitat conservation plan, and a regional hydropower coordination agreement. He has extensive experience working closely with in-house counsel and with his clients’ other outside attorneys.

Representative Work

  • Represented PacifiCorp in proceedings and complaints before the Oregon Public Utilities Commission regarding PURPA implementation.
  • Represented PacifiCorp in the negotiation of generator interconnection agreement.
  • Represented PacifiCorp in the negotiation of franchise agreements with the City of Portland, Oregon.
  • Represented PacifiCorp in all aspects of the decommissioning of the Condit Hydroelectric Project.

Before joining the firm, Jeff litigated complex tort cases, clerked for the disciplinary counsel of the Oregon State Bar, clerked for a Washington state trial judge, and clerked for Federal District Court Judge Robert E. Jones.


State Water Law and the Federal Licensing of Hydroelectric Projects: Overview and Three Case Studies, Proceedings of the Forty-Third Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute, 1997


J.D., Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, 1994
B.A., University of Washington, 1990

Admitted to Practice

Oregon State Bar

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