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Kirk has 35 years of experience advising business organizations and public entities on economic, strategic, legal, and regulatory policy issues. His practice focuses on advising energy clients, including electric and gas utilities, power producers, and oil pipeline operators. Kirk serves as General Counsel to utility organizations and has been involved in all facets of utility business operations and the development of generation facilities for utilities and independent power producers throughout the West and Alaska and has handled major regulatory cases before public utility commissions in Alaska, Oregon, Nevada, and Washington.

Legal Experience

Kirk practiced with Ater Wynne LLP for fifteen years from 1995 to 2010. While at Ater Wynne, he was head of the firm's energy practice. Prior to joining Ater Wynne, Kirk worked for NW Natural and the Nevada Public Service Commission. Kirk was a financial analyst with Mobil prior to practicing law.

Representative Work

  • General Counsel to Surprise Valley Electrification Corporation (CA, OR, NV).

  • Energy/Regulatory Counsel to Golden Valley Electric Association, Inc. (AK).

  • Corporate Counsel to Columbia Basin Electric Cooperative, Inc. (OR).

  • Counsel to Bradley Lake Project Management Committee (AK).

  • Counsel to Alaska Intertie Management Committee (AK).

  • Special Counsel to City of Boulder in its development of a utility (CO).

  • Lead Counsel to Public Utility District No. 1 of Jefferson County’s acquisition of electric facilities of Puget Sound Energy (WA).

  • Regulatory Counsel to Guam Power Authority (GUAM).

Professional Activities

  • Member of the Alaska, Florida, Oregon, Nevada and Washington State Bars.

  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America in Energy and Oil/Gas law for many years.

  • Member of Electric Cooperative Bar Association.

  • Member of Barrow Polar Bear Club.

  • Co-chair - National Conference, "Current Issues in Electric Utility Rate Cases".


Kirk received his BS in Commerce from Rider College in 1975, his MBA from Boston College in 1977, and his JD from University of New Hampshire - Franklin Pierce Law Center in 1984.

Community Activities

Kirk has served on the Board of Directors of several non-profit organizations including The Christie School and The Christie Foundation, where he was President of both boards.