shoshana@mrg-law.com 503 290 3625  

 

shoshana@mrg-law.com
503 290 3625

 

 

SHOSHANA BAIRD

Shoshana’s practice focuses on energy and environmental law with an emphasis on providing administrative, regulatory, and transactional advice to companies in the Pacific Northwest.

Legal Experience

Shoshana joined McDowell Rackner Gibson in 2017. Previously, Shoshana worked as a judicial clerk for Justice Charles K. Wiggins of the Washington State Supreme Court.  Prior to clerking, Shoshana was an associate attorney with the San Francisco office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.  At Morgan Lewis, Shoshana participated in policy and rulemaking proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission and counseled clients on transmission development, takings claims, and land use regulation. Prior to working for Justice Wiggins, Shoshana also supported the Law Office of Julian Gross in a municipal law practice and provided ongoing pro bono assistance to Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto regarding zoning and development concerns.

Representative Work

  • Assist in representation of electric and natural gas utility clients regarding litigation and regulatory matters in proceedings before the Public Utility Commission of Oregon and Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.
  • Advise electric cooperative regarding service territory issues.
  • Drafted public comments to the California Public Utilities Commission regarding renewable energy storage development, including assessment of critical action timelines and regulatory barriers.
  • Conducted environmental due diligence in support of utility-scale solar financing contract.

Professional Activities

  • Member of the State Bar of California.
  • Member of the Oregon State Bar.
  • Member of Oregon Women Lawyers.

Education

Shoshana graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College, where she received her BA in Russian & Eurasian Studies and in English Literature.  At Mount Holyoke, she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a competitor and manager for the school’s National Champion dressage team.  Shoshana received her JD from Stanford Law School in 2015.  While at Stanford, Shoshana was selected as a Fellow for the Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation, served as Associate Editor for the Environmental Law Review, and was President of the Stanford Law & Business Association.  Shoshana also completed a legal internship with the Environment & Energy Division of the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.  While at Stanford, Shoshana received additional awards for her scholarship in Environmental Justice, International Conflict Resolution, and Legal Ethics.

Community Activities

Shoshana has volunteered extensively with the German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California and is a volunteer equestrian trainer and coach.  She also served as a volunteer (and later as pro bono counsel) for Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, where she counseled local government actors on affordable housing and local development policies.