An experienced energy attorney and co-chair of the Energy, Mining, Transportation and Telecommunications division at Stinson Leonard Street LLP, Jim Bertrand counsels clients on energy, infrastructure and transportation matters in connection with transactions, litigation and regulatory proceedings. Jim regularly advises developers of power plants, renewable energy facilities and electric transmission lines before state and federal regulators. He also drafts and negotiates development, power purchase, service, supply and license contracts, and manages corporate and business issues for regulated companies and companies that supply services to or purchase services from regulated companies.
Jim’s clients include established and start-up energy companies, ranging from regional and national electric and natural gas utilities to independent power producers, developing wind, solar, biomass, clean coal, geothermal and natural gas electric energy projects, independent transmission companies, power marketers and oil and gas exploration companies. He also advises several companies that provide software products to the electric energy industry.
Jim has extensive experience before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on matters involving market rules administered by independent system operators and state utility regulatory commissions.
Jim manages the transactional legal representation for Canadian Pacific’s U.S. operations. For Canadian Pacific, Jim has led a variety of efforts including the acquisition of the DM&E railroad, sales of railroads and several collaborative ventures involving other companies.
Prior to practicing law, Jim served as judicial clerk to the Honorable Henry A. Politz, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.