John Clark

John L. Clark


John L. Clark represents clients in business transactions, disputes, and regulatory matters involving the telecommunications and energy industries. His broad expertise in these areas stems from over 30 years of experience.



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After three years in a private general law practice, he served as legal advisor to the Chairman of the Nevada Public Service Commission and soon after was appointed Deputy Commissioner. In that position, he formulated the Commission’s energy rate design policy in accordance with the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978. He also worked with technical staff and industry representatives to implement newly-established rules for the development of small power production and cogeneration facilities in Nevada. At the same time, he presided over the Commission’s proceedings to develop strategies for responding to the break-up of the AT&T/Bell monopoly and the advent of toll competition.

In 1983, Mr. Clark was recruited by CP National Corporation, a NYSE-traded diversified energy and telecommunications company headquartered in San Francisco. At CP National, he represented the company in energy and telecommunications regulatory proceedings in seven western states.

He provided counsel to the regulated operations group in a variety of matters, including telecommunications interconnection arrangements, wholesale power acquisition from utility and non-utility generators, service and equipment procurement, property acquisitions and sales, and general business matters.

In 1988, Mr. Clark joined Goodin MacBride as an associate. Now a partner, he has spent the last twenty years representing competitive telecommunications and energy service providers and large consumers in private business matters and regulatory proceedings before the FCC, the California Public Utilities Commission, and other state regulatory agencies.

He has represented individual and group carrier interests in virtually every significant telecommunications proceeding in California during the past two and a half decades.

Mr. Clark has extensive experience in advising telecommunications clients on a wide spectrum of matters.

These include compliance issues, federal Universal Service Fund and other regulatory tax matters, interconnection, underground and aerial fiber build-out, tower siting, wholesale service procurement, agent and marketing arrangements, and retail contracting and practices for sales of regulated and enhanced network services.

Within the energy industry, Mr. Clark’s past and current clients have included geothermal and other alternative power developers, cogenerators, and large industrial gas and power consumers.

Mr. Clark is a 1974 graduate of the University of Denver, Colorado, and received his J.D. from the University of the Pacific. He is licensed to practice law in California and Nevada.