Brian Cragg

Brian Cragg


Brian Cragg practices before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and other state and federal regulatory agencies and courts, with a special emphasis on energy matters.



professional activities



  • Recognized in the 27th Edition of Best Lawyers in America for 2021 in the categories Energy Regulatory Law & Utilities Law
  • 2020 Lawyer of the Year in the 26th Edition of Best Lawyers in America in the category of Utilities Law in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Recognized as one of the 2020 Best Lawyers in San Francisco for Administrative / Regulatory Law, Energy Regulatory Law & Utilities Law
  • Brian T. Cragg has been continuously selected for recognition in Best Lawyers in America since 2016

His clients include a trade association of independent energy producers; solar, wind, geothermal, landfill gas, and other renewable energy producers; owners and operators of conventional electric power plants; energy storage companies; cities and other governmental entities; demand response providers; and electric transmission line developers, among others.

Mr. Cragg’s recent activities include: persuading the CPUC to adopt rules and practices that promote fair competition between independent energy suppliers and electric utilities, conducting due diligence review for the sale and purchase of dozens of solar energy facilities, advising Fortune 500 companies on energy supply and compliance with greenhouse gas reduction regulations, working with the California Energy Commission and the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System to obtain Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) eligibility for several million Renewable Energy Credits, obtaining RPS eligibility for renewable energy projects, counseling renewable energy producers and energy storage companies on how to tap new markets for their products, crafting a settlement of a dispute about the terms of an interconnection agreement, and negotiating a multiparty agreement to provide high-voltage electric service to a major metal recycling facility.

He also advises clients on the risks and opportunities presented by emerging energy storage technologies, responses to climate change including the cap-and-trade approach to greenhouse gas emissions, Resource Adequacy capacity, and the markets and requirements of the California Independent System Operator (CAISO).

Before joining Goodin MacBride, Mr. Cragg was an Assistant Chief Administrative Law Judge at the CPUC. There he supervised a group of administrative law judges who handled energy-related cases.

During his 18 years at the CPUC, he was involved in many of the Commission’s major cases, on topics ranging from rate cases and mergers to cost reviews of nuclear power plants and the introduction of competition into the electric utility and telecommunications industries.

Mr. Cragg is a graduate of Yale University and the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall). He was a Research and Teaching Fellow in energy law and policy at the Natural Resources Law Institute, Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He was on the Board of Directors of the Conference of California Public Utility Counsel (CCPUC) from 2009 to 2012, serving as the CCPUC’s President in 2012. He is a member of the State Bar of California, the CCPUC, the Power Association of Northern California, and the Energy Bar Association.


As of October 1, 2021, the law firm of Goodin, MacBride, Squeri & Day, LLP has dissolved its partnership. In order to reach any of the firm’s professionals in their current practices, please contact them through the information found below.

The following are all practicing as part of Downey Brand LLP, in its San Francisco office:

Thomas J. MacBride, Jr.
James D. Squeri
Michael B. Day
Brian T. Cragg
Megan J. Somogyi
Nirvesh Sikand

Robert A. Goodin and Keith E. Johnson are continuing their commercial litigation practice as The Law Offices of Robert A. Goodin.  They may be reached at:

John L. Clark is now working as a solo practitioner, and can be reached at: