Ken Kaufmann has been serving clients in regulatory matters and complex transactions, such as wholesale power purchase agreements and real property transfers, for over 15 years. He assists clients in maintaining and defending property rights and water rights, and also counsels clients regarding homeowner association laws and condominium laws.
Ken represents utilities, developers, public agencies and associations. He practices before the Ninth Circuit, the United States District Court, the Oregon Circuit Court, the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals, the City of Lake Oswego, FERC, and the public utility commissions of Oregon, Idaho, and California.
Prior to joining the firm, Ken worked for six years for Pacific Gas and Electric Company as an engineer, hydrologist, and energy trader. Upon graduation from law school, he clerked for United States District Court Judge Robert E. Jones. He is admitted to the state bars of California, Oregon and Washington, and is also a licensed Professional Engineer in California.
- Represent utilities in proceedings and complaints before the Idaho Public Utilities Commission regarding that state’s implementation of PURPA in 2010 and 2011.
- Represent a solar developer in a comprehensive investigation by the Public Utility Commission of Oregon of the state’s implementation of PURPA.
- Negotiated more than 120 separate wholesale power purchase agreements since 2005.
- Represent large private water utility in matters relating to its California water rights.
- Prosecute legal ejectment actions against persons encroaching on real property.
B.S., Civil Engineering, Stanford University, 1989
M.S.C.E., Water Resources Engineering, Stanford University, 1990
J.D., Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, Certificate in Environmental Law, 1998
Selected Speaking Events
- NEBC Energy Forum “The Oregon PUC & Renewable Energy Pricing” March 2014.
- EUCI course “Utilizing PURPA in Today’s Deregulated Wholesale Market” June 2012.