Richard L. Hughes Law

Public Utilities Law

public works fountainRichard L. Hughes’ has a strong background in public utilities law. He is General Counsel for several large public utilities throughout Washinton, advising on a wide range of legal issues. These utilities provide power, water, wastewater and telecommunications service

His decade of experience as in-house General Counsel for a regional utility prior to returning to private practice gives him a keen understanding of how utilities operate. He is deeply familiar with the legal complexities of managing both public entity and regulatory requirements in a way that addresses the needs of governing bodies, management, labor, and ratepayers. Rick is one of a handful of attorneys statewide who was asked by the Washington State Department of Ecology and Department of Health to co-author legislation that later came to be known as the “Joint Municipal Utilities Services Act,” RCW 39.106.
Among the services provided by Richard L. Hughes are:

  • Contract General Counsel, overseeing legal needs of various types of utilities
  • Review and revision utility policies, including governance, procurement, financial controls, human resources and labor
  • Negotiate various utility-related agreements
  • Corporate formation and governance strategies
  • Manage legal and regulatory issues with State Agencies
  • Interpret and advise on utility-related legislation