Professional Biography

Lawrence Reichman Partner

  • Portland

    D +1.503.727.2019

    F +1.503.727.2222

    Portland

    1120 NW Couch Street, 10th Floor

    Portland, OR

    +1.503.727.2019

    LReichman@perkinscoie.com

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OVERVIEW

EXPERIENCE

Experience

Food, Beverage and Liquor

Food Manufacture and Sales

Providing advice and counsel to a number of food producers on labeling and other issues, and working with online food retailers about their unique issues. This encompasses the manufacture of private label products, including labeling, arrangements with food manufacturers and compliance with food safety regulations. Additionally, Larry advises retailers in connection with state and local laws regulating product labeling, retail sales practices, food safety and website disclosures.

FDA Regulation

Advising manufacturers and distributors of food and drug products regarding complying with FDA labeling, safety and advertising regulations in connection with product development and marketing.

Liquor License

Representing clients, including purchasers of major hotels and investors, in obtaining liquor licenses for retail service locations as well as for wineries and distilleries.

Energy Regulation and Policy

Scottish Power plc Acquisition of PacifiCorp

Represented ScottishPower in obtaining regulatory approval from six states for its acquisition of the electric utility PacifiCorp. This was the first acquisition of a United States public utility by a foreign company and presented many novel issues for that reason. It also required the coordination of multiple state proceedings and requirements to achieve consistent results.

MDU Resources Group Inc. Acquisition of Cascade Natural Gas Corporation

Represented MDU Resources Group and Cascade Natural Gas Corporation in state proceedings in Washington and Oregon for regulatory approval of MDU's acquisition of Cascade.

Clackamas County Service District

Department of Environmental Quality of Oregon
Represented sewer utility district in dispute with wholesale customer regarding rates.

Cascade Natural Gas Corporation Rate Case

Represented Cascade Natural Gas in general rate case in Oregon, negotiating favorable multi-party settlement.

Cost Management Services v. Cascade Natural Gas Corporation

Utilities and Transportation Commission of Washington
Defended successfully a natural gas utility against a claim by a competitor challenging its authority to sell gas to large customers.

Infrastructure Project Development and Finance

Canada-to-California Electric Transmission Project

Represented a consortium of electric utilities seeking local, state, and federal permits and approvals for construction of 1,000-mile electric transmission project in Washington, Oregon, and California.

Solar Energy Installations

Represented the developer of privatized military housing in transactions involving the installation of large-scale solar generation systems on rooftops and ground arrays.

Community Solar Energy

Representing the developer of community solar energy projects involving panel sales, PPA with utility, and net metering arrangements.

Wind Power Projects

Representing investors in wind power projects on due diligence and transactional matters with regard to acquisition of projects.

Clackamas County Service District/Tri-City Service District

Representing municipal wastewater service districts in acquiring property and modifying NPDES permits.

Energy Litigation

Klamath Tribes of Oregon, et al. v. PacifiCorp

U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
Achieved summary judgment in favor of PacifiCorp, defeating claims by the Klamath Tribes that they suffered over $1 billion in damages because of harm to salmon fisheries caused by dams on the Klamath River. The decision was also affirmed on appeal.

Wah Chang v. PacifiCorp

Circuit Court of Oregon, Linn County, Public Utility Commission of Oregon, Court of Appeals of Oregon
Defended a utility successfully in its dispute with an industrial customer arising from the Western energy crisis of 2000-2001.

Communications

TracFone Wireless ETC Application

Public Utility Commission of Oregon
Represented a wireless telecommunications provider in obtaining eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) status for Lifeline service.

Rate Case: Qwest Communications International Inc. Oregon Rate Case

Public Utility Commission of Oregon, Circuit Court of Oregon, Marion County
Appealed successfully a PUC order, obtaining reversal of a $97 million annual revenue reduction and obtained the desired rate design

Pole Attachment: Central Electric Cooperative Inc. v. Qwest Communications International Inc.

U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, Oregon Public Utility Commission
Defended Qwest Successfully against a claim for $20 million in regulatory penalties for unlawful pole attachments. Obtained a full summary judgment and negotiated a new pole attachment agreement.

Northwest Public Communications Council v. Qwest Corporation

U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Oregon Court of Appeals, Oregon Public Utility Commission
Defended Qwest successfully against refund claims by payphone service providers in multiple forums and appeals.

Litigation

Integra Telecom Inc. v. Twin City Fire Insurance Company

U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
Represented a telecom provider in a lawsuit to establish insurance coverage for defense and settlement of a consumer class action.

Indoor Billboard / Washington Inc. v. Integra Telecom of Washington Inc.

King County Superior Court (Washington), Washington State Supreme Court
Obtained summary judgment in a Washington Consumer Protection Act (CPA) class action, establishing rule that causation element of CPA claim requires proof that defendant's acts were proximate cause of plaintiff's injury. 170 P.3d 10 (Wash. 2007).

Lane v. Kitzhaber

U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
Representing a plaintiff class of developmentally disabled individuals in class action lawsuit to increase opportunities for employment in integrated work settings. Obtained class certification.

Attorney General Investigations of Qwest Communications

Represented the telecommunications utility and wireless provider in multistate attorneys general investigations into alleged unlawful trade practices; negotiated favorable settlements.

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PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

RELATED INFORMATION

Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Oregon

  • New York

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Education

  • Cornell Law School, J.D.,
    magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
    , 1984
  • Cornell University, B.A.,
    with distinction
    , 1980

Languages

  • French

Highlights