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Patrick J. Black

Patrick Black works in our natural resources, energy and environmental law group, where he focuses primarily on energy regulatory matters. Throughout his experience as an environmental attorney, he has represented large industrial customers, renewable energy developers, independent producers, natural gas companies and railroads in matters before the Arizona Corporation Commission and Arizona Power Plant and Line Siting Committee.

Patrick also represents both utilities and developers before the Arizona Corporation Commission and local municipalities on water and wastewater utility matters. Currently, Patrick is focused on Arizona’s Energy Modernization efforts, focusing on emerging technologies, clean tech and the integration of renewable energy into the transmission grid.

The political arena was Patrick’s entry to the legal world. Early in his career he worked as a policy advisor for the Arizona Corporation Commission, quickly becoming an expert on Arizona’s development of renewable energy standards, electric restructuring and long-term water policies.

An early mentor had told him “if you know how to write, you will always be employable - it is like hitting in baseball, if you can do it well, they will find a spot for you,” and to this day, he has the ability to write concise, clear legal briefs that resonate with clients, judges, juries and decision-makers. The hallmark of his career as a renewable energy attorney is his warm, friendly approach - he connects personally with many of his clients and often watches football games with them outside of the office.

Blessed with a large extended family, Patrick gets the opportunity to pursue his passion for cooking on a regular basis – ask him about his ginger garlic shrimp or chicken adobo (a Filipino dish). On rare occasion, Patrick can be seen pursuing his other passion – dancing – but only when the moon is full or the sun comes up the next day. The movie I Love You, Man (“Slappin’ da bass, mon!”) barely comes close to Patrick’s admiration for the band Rush, as he’s seen them perform live more than 10 times.


  • J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law
  • B.S., Santa Clara University

Areas of Practice

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We have helped develop and define laws shaping our region for more than a century.

We have over 130 years of experience representing clients in minerals development.

We have a long history in natural resources, energy and environmental law.


  • Renewable Energy and Clean Tech

Representative Cases

  • In the Matter of the Application of Tucson Electric Power Company for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility Authorizing the Construction of a 138kV Transmission Line and Associated Facility to Serve the Rosemont Copper Project. Docket No. L-00000C-11-0400-00164.
  • In the Matter of Southern California Edison Company for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility to Construct a 500kv transmission line from Palo Verde to the Devers II substation. Case No. 130 (Docket No. E-00000A-06-0295-00130). Decision No. 69638.
  • In the Matter of the Proposed Rulemaking for the Renewable Energy Standard and Tariff Rules, Docket No. RE-00000C-05-0030. Decision No. 69127.
  • In the Matter of the Application of Arizona Public Service Company to Determine the Fair Value of Utility Property of the Company for Ratemaking Purposes, to Fix a Just and Reasonable Rate of Return Thereon, to Approve Rate Schedules Designed to Develop Such Return, and for Approval of a Power Purchase Contract. Docket No. E-01345A-03-0437. Decision No. 67744.
  • In the Matter of Salt River Project Improvement District, et al., for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility to Construct a 500kv transmission line from the Pinal West to Southeast Valley/Browning substations, Docket No. L-00000B-04-0126. Decision No. 68093.

Awards and Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America®, Energy Law, Energy Regulatory Law, 2013-2020
  • Fennemore Craig Ranked #1 for Renewable Energy by Ranking Arizona, 2015-2016
  • Arizona's Top Lawyers, AZ Business Magazine, 2013


  • Member, State Bar of Arizona
  • Member, Arizona Asian American Bar Association 2006-Present (President 2006, Board 2005-2011)
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Governor Brewer's Solar Task Force, Transmission Subcommittee
  • Member, Governor Napolitano's Asian-American Advisory Council
  • Past Chairman, Thomas Tang Scholarship Committee for the Arizona Asian American Bar Association, 2003-2005


  • Arizona