Ryan Baron

Of Counsel

ryan.baron@bbklaw.com

Tel: (949) 263-6568

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At a Glance

Ryan provides strategic counsel on energy and environmental law matters. 
 
He represents clients in front of federal and state agencies and advises on infrastructure development.
 
As former senior in-house counsel, Ryan understands the business of government and industry and the need to navigate clients through complex matters with revenue-focused and creative approaches.
 

Ryan Baron offers strategic counsel to public and private clients throughout California and the U.S. on utilities regulation, administrative law, environmental law and public agency governance matters. His practice spans regulatory, transactional and business issues in the areas of energy, gas, water quality, air quality, wastewater and solid waste. He also has extensive experience with project development, entitlement and permitting matters, particularly with respect to large-scale infrastructure.   
 
Energy, Gas & Utilities
Ryan represents clients on energy, gas and general utility matters before a number of federal and state agencies and advises utility clients on transactional, business and governance matters. He  represents a number of California community choice aggregators, commonly known as CCAs, and communities exploring CCA on formation, governance, regulatory and transactional matters, including Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange, San Diego and Santa Clara counties. Ryan is also advising clients in Colorado on electric municipalization. He has experience with the development of alternative energy and other new technologies, such as waste-to-energy, solar, wind, renewable natural gas and battery storage.  He negotiates regularly with utility companies and advises on utility rules and tariffs. Ryan’s previous experience includes several years advising on telecommunications regulations and projects.
 
Environmental Law
Ryan has extensive experience in water quality, air quality, climate change and solid waste regulations, including MS4 permit compliance, total maximum daily loads, trading and offset programs, cap and trade, air permits, and waste and recycling. He appears regularly before the State and regional water boards, the California Air Resources Board, CalRecycle and air quality management districts.
 
Project Development & Permitting
Ryan counsels clients on all aspects of the development of utility and large-scale infrastructure projects with significant experience in all types of contracts and negotiation. In addition to his experience with energy facilities, he has experience with the development of flood control and water facilities, transportation corridors, master-planned communities and vertical construction. His development experience ranges from funding and finance issues to real estate and entitlements to procurement and public-private partnerships. Ryan has advised on billions of dollars in projects and development.
 
Government Service
Ryan is a former senior in-house counsel to the County of Orange, one of the largest counties in the nation. In a 70-attorney office, he oversaw the office’s public works and regulatory team and managed outside counsel. Ryan was general or lead counsel to several large county agencies, including the county Public Works, Flood Control District, Planning and Landfill departments and was counsel to several joint powers agencies and county commissions and committees. In addition to his focus on energy and environmental law work, he advised on Brown Act, conflicts of interest, public works, real estate, land use and procurement issues.
 
Prior to government service, Ryan practiced with a prominent Washington, D.C. law firm working on behalf of Fortune 100 companies on regulatory litigation and federal enforcement actions. During law school, Ryan was a law clerk and junior lobbyist for the global government relations office of an international telecommunications company and was a legal intern in the International Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission and for an FCC Commissioner. Ryan was editor-in-chief of Catholic University’s Communications Law Journal and a graduate of the school’s Institute for Communications Law Studies (now the Institute of Law & Technology).
 
Teaching
Ryan was an adjunct professor at Whittier Law School, where he taught Administrative Law and Energy Law. He has guest lectured at the USC School of Law, Chapman University School of Law and in the Advanced Power and Energy Program at the University of California, Irvine.
 
Ryan is licensed to practice law in the State of California.
 
Education

  • The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., Washington, D.C.
  • San Diego State University, B.A. Communication, with distinction

 
Memberships & Community Involvement

  • California Lawyer’s Association, Board of Representatives; Public Law Section Executive Committee, Chair, 2017-18
  • Sustain SoCal, Board of Directors, Vice-Chair
  • California Stormwater Quality Association, Policy & Permitting Subcommittee, Co-Chair; Executive Program Committee
  • CalCCA, Partner Member
  • Orange County Bar Association, Environmental Law Section.
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Legal Alerts Jan 14, 2019

CPUC Proceedings of Note: PG&E Restructuring, Undergrounding and Wildfire Mitigation

Public Agencies Will Be Impacted by Various Actions

New Year, New Laws Impacting Public Agencies in California – Part I
Legal Alerts Jan 09, 2019

New Year, New Laws Impacting Public Agencies in California – Part I

2019 Brings Changes to Election, Revenue, Conflict of Interest, Property and Public Safety Laws… and More

Proposed Federal Clean Water Rule Impacts Cities and Residents
Legal Alerts Dec 12, 2018

Proposed Federal Clean Water Rule Impacts Cities and Residents

Comments Being Sought

Rise in CCAs in Cities Reshaping California Electric Business
Authored Articles & Publications Jul 27, 2018

Rise in CCAs in Cities Reshaping California Electric Business

Ryan Baron Weighs the Community Choice Aggregation Question for Cities in PublicCEO

CPUC Reopens TOU Grandfathering Grace Period Eligibility
Legal Alerts Dec 04, 2017

CPUC Reopens TOU Grandfathering Grace Period Eligibility

Public Agencies Must Submit Application by Dec. 31

Waters of the U.S. Rule to Go to Supreme Court
Legal Alerts Jan 18, 2017

Waters of the U.S. Rule to Go to Supreme Court

Nation’s High Court Agreed to Hear Challenges to Controversial Rule

Is Tax Law the Most Efficient Way to Promote Sustainable Energy?
Authored Articles & Publications Jan 17, 2017

Is Tax Law the Most Efficient Way to Promote Sustainable Energy?

Ryan Baron, Of Counsel, Answers in Tax Notes

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Legal Alerts Oct 05, 2016

Four New California Cap and Trade Bills Fund Programs

$900 Million in Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2016-17

 

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