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Robert B. Gex

Bob Gex concentrates his practice on transactions, regulation, and project finance in the energy area and counsels energy companies, financial institutions, and purchasers of energy.

Representative Experience

Commercial negotiation

Represented affiliate of San Francisco Giants in negotiation of electricity supply contract for sports stadium with energy service provider.

Commercial transactions

Represented client in negotiation of agreements for the development of networks for advanced metering infrastructure and the licensing of proprietary technology.

Commercial transactions

Represented software company in negotiating joint venture to create business-to-business marketplace on the Internet.

Development - renewable

Represented project developer in the development of a geothermal project in Oregon.

Development - renewable

Represented San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District in development and purchase of power from solar generation facilities.


Represented public agency in obtaining California legislation exempting client's electricity supply from programs and charges administered by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and to require utility transmission of electricity to client.

Regulatory - electric

Advising public utility district on acquisition of assets and electric distribution facilities of existing public utility, assumption of propane and electricity service to commercial and residential ratepayers, and construction of a power line to connect to the California grid.

Regulatory - electric

Represented public agency at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in various tariff proceedings initiated by California Independent System Operator ('CAISO').

Regulatory - electric

Represented San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District before FERC in obtaining a network transmission service under the transmitting utility’s Open Access Transmission Tariff.

Regulatory - electric

Represented San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District before CPUC in obtaining exemption from proposed electric rate increases during peak usage hours.

Regulatory - electric

Represented transit district before FERC in connection with an application by its supplying utility to increase transmission rates.


Restructured family businesses in buyout of a family member's interests.

Sale of business

Represented partner in sale of partnership interest in a general partnership in Nevada through a tax-free exchange.

Transaction - natural gas

Represented landowner in connection with the granting of easements for natural gas pipelines on ranch properties.

Transaction - natural gas

Representing developer of compressed natural fueling facilities in California.

Transactions - electricity

Represented client in negotiation of various agreements and licenses in connection with its business as an Internet-based seller of electricity.

Transactions - electricity

Represented public agency in connection with obtaining electricity supply under Base Resource Contract with Western Area Power Administration.

Transactions - electricity

Representing public agency in purchase of electricity from a small hydropower generating facility.

Transactions - renewable

Represented client in a purchase and sale of a limited partnership interest in a wind farm.

Additional Qualifications

  • Partner, Skjerven Morrill LLP, San Francisco
  • Partner, Pillsbury Madison & Sutro LLP, San Francisco

Professional & Community Activities

  • Power Association of Northern California
  • Conference of California Public Utility Counsel
  • Energy Bar Association
  • Western States Petroleum Association
  • Institute for Energy Law
  • American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources
  • CalBar, Sections: Business Law, Real Property
  • San Francisco Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • Named as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation (California) by Chambers USA, 2010-2011
  • Awarded 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Energy, Environmental, & Natural Resources by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell 
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