Experienced Energy and Power Lawyer Joins Latham in Los Angeles

Charles Read adds further litigation and regulatory strengths to the firm’s deep environmental practice.

September 01, 2016

Latham & Watkins LLP is pleased to announce that Charles C. (“Charlie”) Read has joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as Of Counsel in the Environment, Land & Resources Department. His practice focuses on energy and public utilities law, representing clients that include electric power, natural gas, telecommunications and pipeline companies in state and federal courts as well as at regulatory agencies such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”), and other state commissions. Read also advises investors, lenders, suppliers and large customers in the energy and utility industries. 

“Charlie is a highly respected veteran of environmental law and policy, and we’re pleased to have him join our firm as exciting developments are taking place in the energy and power markets that present opportunities and challenges for our clients,” said James Arnone, Los Angeles partner who chairs the firm’s global Environment, Land & Resources Department. “Charlie’s deep experience in the complex and evolving regulation of the energy and power markets – as well as his range of knowledge across key issues such as policies to combat climate change, electric transmission expansion, rate cases, reliability standards, and smart grid regulatory issues – will enhance the insights and advice we provide to industry-leading clients.” 

Read has handled numerous federal and state investigations and a range of energy and power disputes, and he regularly advises on the regulatory aspects of renewable energy including wind, solar, and cogeneration power purchase agreements as well as distributed generation. He joins an Environment, Land & Resources Department at Latham comprised of more than 140 lawyers who advise clients worldwide on cutting-edge solutions to litigation, regulatory, legislative and transactional matters.

Read received his law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1975, and he is qualified to practice in California, the District of Columbia, and New York. He joins from Jones Day. 

Read chairs the ABA Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section Committee on State Regulation, the California Conference of Public Utility Counsel, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He has been a visiting instructor on energy law at UCLA School of Law and has spoken at several utility conferences on service disruption and regulatory response.

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Notes to Editors

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James Arnone, Global Chair of the Environment, Land & Resources Department, +1.213.891.8204.

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