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.