As a regulatory lawyer since 2000 and a former economist and testifying expert on regulatory law and policy, Mr. Nelson offers a unique perspective in the utility industry. He represents a broad spectrum of utility consumers and utilities in regulatory matters at the local, state, and federal level.
During his career, Mr. Nelson has appeared before state utility regulatory commissions throughout the Mountain West including Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Montana, and New Mexico. He also represents clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in state and federal courts, and before state legislatures.
At Holland & Hart, Mr. Nelson has represented large electric consumers and electric consumer coalitions, independent power producers, renewable energy developers, competitive local exchange carriers, cable companies, rural local exchange carriers, natural gas local distribution companies and pipelines, water utilities, and utility consumer organizations.
Mr. Nelson's clients value the industry understanding he gained from serving as an economist with the Colorado Office of Consumer Counsel. While there, he had opportunities to serve as a testifying expert on regulatory law and policy. He was a member of several federal and state bodies responsible for economic and policy recommendations to regulators, including the Staff of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service.