Tom MacBride

Thomas MacBride, Jr.

Partner

Thomas MacBride, Jr. has practiced before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for over 40 years.

education

  • University of California, Berkeley (B.S, Pol Sci, 1971)
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law (J.D., 1975)

admissions

  • State of California
  • Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

professional activities

  • Chief Financial Officer, California Public Utilities Commission Foundation (2010-2012)
  • President, Conference of California Public Utility Counsel (CCPUC, 1997-98, 1982-83)

publications

  • Summary Of California Supreme Court And Court Of Appeal Orders Reviewing Decisions Of The California Public Utilities Commission; Overview Of Cases Construing Section 1759

awards

  • Recognized as one of the 2019 Best Lawyers in San Francisco for Communications Law & Energy Law
  • 2012 Lawyer of the Year in Best Lawyers in America in the category of Communications Law in the San Francisco Bay Area

Tom MacBride has served as regulatory counsel to a wide variety of entities with interests in matters before the CPUC including ground and water transportation providers, publicly and privately owned water service providers, telecommunications and energy companies, trade associations, municipalities, real estate developers, homeowners associations, and independent metering and billing companies. Mr. MacBride served as President of the Conference of California Public Utility Counsel (CCPUC) in 1997-98, a position he also held in 1982-83.

Mr. MacBride has participated in a number of legislative initiatives to reform CPUC procedures, including the 1983 legislation revising provisions of the California Public Utilities Code regarding rehearing of CPUC decisions; the 1985 legislation expanding the CPUC’s Commission’s authority to exempt financial transactions from the scope of Section 851-854; and the 1989 legislation revising the fashion in which CPUC decisions are published.

During the 1997-98 legislative session, Mr. MacBride participated in drafting and advocacy leading to the enactment of the Calderon-Peace-MacBride Judicial Review Act of 1998 (SB 779) which greatly enlarged the scope of judicial review of CPUC decisions, permitting review of most CPUC decisions in the Court of Appeal. The Act also provided for Internet access to CPUC documents, and expanded the opportunity for parties to comment on proposed CPUC orders. In connection with that endeavor, Mr. MacBride began publication of the regularly updated Summary Of California Supreme Court And Court Of Appeal Orders Reviewing Decisions Of The California Public Utilities Commission; Overview Of Cases Construing Section 1759 which is distributed by the CCPUC and elsewhere.

In late 2015, Mr. MacBride argued before the California Supreme Court on behalf of the Petitioner in Monterey Peninsula Water Management District v. California Public Utilities Commission. 62 Cal. 4th 693 2016 Cal. LEXIS 45. The Court’s January 25, 2016 decision marked the first California Supreme Court reversal of a Commission decision in over twenty years.

In 1995, Mr. MacBride participated in the Regulatory Decision-making Forum sponsored by the Harvard Electric Policy Group (8 Administrative Law Journal 789). In 2000, he served as a panelist on a CPUC/CCPUC sponsored Continuing Legal Education program on the implementation of CPUC procedural reform legislation (SB 960) adopted during the 1996 Legislative Session. In 2005 and 2007, Mr. MacBride participated in CCPUC panels on developments arising out of the enactment of the Calderon-Peace-MacBride Judicial Review Act of 1998 (SB 779). In 2011, he served as Moderator of the panel on Docket Office Procedures at the CCPUC Annual Meeting, and in 2012, as Moderator of the panel on Judicial Review at the same meeting.

In 1993, the Association of California Enhanced Telemessaging Services award Mr. MacBride its annual award for outstanding service to the Telemessaging industry.

Mr. MacBride served as Chief Financial Officer of the California Public Utilities Commission Foundation from 2010-2012, as well as on the Board of Directors of the Foundation.

From 1977-1981, Mr. MacBride served on the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association of the University of California at Berkeley and was Vice-President from 1980-1981. He served as Chairman of the Association’s Legislative Relations Committee from 1990-1992. He was awarded the California Alumni Citation by the Association in 1982. He currently serves on the National Advisory Board of the Institute for Governmental Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.

Mr. MacBride is a past President and member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Women’s Rehabilitation Foundation (Stepping Stone) and was the 2012 recipient of the Foundation’s award for outstanding service to Stepping Stone.

Prior to joining Goodin MacBride in 1985, Mr. MacBride was a partner at the San Francisco law firm of Graham & James. Mr. MacBride graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1971 and Hastings College of the Law in 1975. Upon graduation from law school, he joined the staff of the California Public Utilities Commission where he served as Staff Counsel and as the Advisor to the late Commissioner Vernon L. Sturgeon.