Title: Commercial law


Jeff Christian



Jeff Christian

Firm: Lawson Lundell LLP
Address:Suite 1600 Cathedral Place
925 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3L2
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Jeff is a litigation partner in the Vancouver office, with a practice focused on energy and regulated utilities. He appears regularly before administrative tribunals such as the B.C. Utilities Commission. In addition, he has acted for clients in the insurance, manufacturing and retail sectors at all levels of court, in arbitrations and in mediations.

Jeff is currently the head of the Litigation Group at Lawson Lundell

Recognition and Ranking
* Chambers Global: recognized in the Energy: Power (Regulatory) (Canada) category
* Benchmark Canada: The Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys: recognized for energy and natural resources litigation in British Columbia
* Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: repeatedly recognized as a Leading Practitioner for energy (electricity)
* Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for energy regulatory law


Languages: English
Joined the Law Firm in: 1993


Areas of Practice


  • Administrative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Electric Utilities
  • Energy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Public Law
  • Public Utility and Regulatory
  • Utilities


Professional Career


Significant Accomplishments

* Lead counsel to an electric utility before the B.C. Utilities Commission on facility approval, revenue requirements, wholesale transmission services, cost of service, and rate design applications, including conservation and time-of-use rates
* Advised developers and property owners on regulatory implications of district energy systems
* Advised U.S. financiers on regulatory proceedings in B.C. related to U.S. acquisitions of B.C. utilities
* Acted for a consumer group in a rate proceeding before the Northwest Territories Public Utilities Board
* Acted for a power marketing company in proceedings before the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (now the Alberta Utilities Commission)
* Advised a potential buyer of a water utility on the exclusivity of the utility’s franchise
* Appealed to the Federal Court a metering approval decision made by Measurement Canada
* Represented clients before the National Energy Board and Federal Court on electricity export matters
* Acted for a party negotiating its participation in a regional transmission organization
* Advised an utility services company considering entering the Canadian sub-metering market
* Acted for a Canadian railway company in a rate dispute before the Canadian Transportation Agency

Professional Associations

Green Energy Advisory Task Force (Procurement and Regulatory Reform Group), reporting to the British Columbia Cabinet Committee on Climate Action and Clean Energy, member


Energy Law Bulletin: Administrative Penalty Powers Given to BC Utilities Commission (November 16, 2012), Author

"Energy (Electricity) Recent Developments of Importance" (January 4, 2011), Co-Author

"Two Solitudes in Western Canada: British Columbia and Alberta Carve Distinct Electricity Policy Paths", The National Law Journal - Energy Report (October 25, 2010), Co-Author

"BC Oil and Gas Activities Act in Force" (October 4, 2010), Co-author


"New BC Administrative Penalty Regime", 8th Annual Power Summit, Insight Information, Vancouver, BC (March 5-6, 2013), Speaker

"The Regulatory Compact - A Means to Social Justice?" UVic - The presentation was on the regulatory compact, regarding the benefits and burdens of being a public utility, and the possibility of the compact continuing to be a viable mechanism to achieve social justice objectives - October 31, 2013

Bar Admission

British Columbia (1994)
Northwest Territories (2001)



University of British Columbia (B.A.Sc. (Hons.) in Geotechnical Engineering, 1988)
Dalhousie University (LL.B., 1993)