Nirvesh Sikand focuses on regulatory matters before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
During law school, Nirvesh interned at the CPUC Administrative Law Judge’s division, where he conducted legal research on cases involving the regulation of energy, telecommunications, water, and transportation in the state. He worked on regulatory proceedings, including rulemakings for high profile issues such as the then state-mandated 50% renewable energy standard for California electric utilities, adequate water quality and conservation by regulated water companies, and programs to encourage installation of small-scale solar systems by electricity customers. Nirvesh aided judges with drafting decisions as well as reviewed permits to construct and certificates of public convenience and necessity. He assessed CEQA applications and Environmental Impact Reports for utilities that sought to construct new infrastructure, transfer property, or apply to offer a new service. He has also investigated utilities that failed to comply with their Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) obligations, or allegedly violated the California Public Utilities Code, and adjudicated consumer complaints such as disputes over placement of utility equipment and billing disputes.
In addition to his regulatory experience, Nirvesh spent a summer as a law clerk for the California Attorney General’s Office, Natural Resources Section, where he researched and wrote motions to compel, motions to quash, motions for summary judgment and adjudication. In addition, he learned how to apply these motions in conjunction with state and federal environmental laws such as the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Air Act (CAA), and Clean Water Act (CWA) while representing a multitude of state agencies.
Nirvesh also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Chief Judge Phyllis Hamilton of the Northern District of California, where he conducted research and provided the judge with bench memos and opinions.
After receiving his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, Nirvesh obtained his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he served on the Editorial Board of the Hastings Environmental Law Journal, as well as a senior editor at the Hastings Business Law Journal.
Nirvesh joined the firm in March, 2020.