Gwenneth O’Hara, Managing Attorney
Gwenn O’Hara is a founding member and managing attorney of the firm. Ms. O’Hara has extensive experience representing public and private utilities in a wide variety of utility matters including representing large state agencies in the negotiation, renegotiation and settlement of power, gas and renewable portfolios and a major California grid operator with managing its interconnection queue portfolio and other contract and regulatory matters. Ms. O’Hara has also represented cities, counties and state agencies in public finance transactions as bond or underwriter’s counsel. Ms. O’Hara received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Meghan Cox is an attorney with the firm in the Sacramento office. Her practice focuses on energy matters including power purchase agreement negotiation, generator interconnection matters and regulatory issues. Prior to joining California Power Law Group, Ms. Cox worked at a national law firm specializing in public finance and, before entering law school, served as a budget analyst at the California State Treasurer’s Office. She is admitted to the State Bar of California, having earned her J.D. in 2009 with distinction from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. While in law school Ms. Cox was admitted to the Traynor Honor Society, earned a Witkin Award for academic excellence, and was a Sacramento County Bar Association Diversity Fellow. Ms. Cox earned her B.A. in history from California State University, Sacramento in 2004.
Ann Springgate is an attorney with the firm and practices out of its San Francisco office. Ms. Springgate has significant legal experience in the public and private sectors, specializing in contracts, transactional finance, corporate law, policy development, and regulatory compliance. She has advised public and private entities on a wide variety of contracts and financial transactions, including asset-based and project financings, stock and asset purchases, mergers and acquisitions, and secured and unsecured credit facilities. She also served as a lead in-house counsel during the initial phases of developing a public-private partnership finance and construction model. Ms Springgate received her law degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1987 and an LL.M from the University of Cambridge in 1989.
Claire Priestley LeFlore, Attorney
Claire Priestley LeFlore is an attorney with the firm in the Sacramento office. She recently retired from a 25-year career with the State of California, where she served as in-house counsel at the Department of Water Resources, General Counsel for The Reclamation Board (now the Central Valley Flood Protection Board), Deputy Attorney General in the Health, Education and Welfare Section of the Department of Justice, a Deputy Attorney specializing in real property transactions and eminent domain litigation at Caltrans, and Chief Counsel for California State Parks. At DWR she served as lead attorney for State Water Project for several years, negotiating a wide range of transactions and advising on environmental requirements. She was also lead counsel for the development of a number of large infrastructure projects, which included advising on cost sharing, environmental compliance and permitting issues. Prior to her career with the state, she was a litigation attorney with the Internal Revenue Service for eight years. Her practice focuses on real property (including eminent domain and utility relocation), environmental, natural resources and administrative law, and includes a background in litigation. Ms. LeFlore received a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a J.D. with distinction from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1980.
Alice L. Ramsey, Attorney
Alice L. Ramsey is an attorney with the firm in the Sacramento office. Her statewide practice focuses on advising and representing public agencies, public utilities and project applicants during administrative proceedings, and in trial and appellate litigation. Her practice encompasses both California and Federal law, including the Buy America federal regulations for utility relocations. Ms. Ramsey has been a member of the California State Bar for over 25 years and previously served as Senior Deputy Attorney for California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). At Caltrans, she was a member of the statewide “Buy America Task force,” comprised of various divisions of Caltrans, Federal Highways Administration (FHWA), the California Transportation Commission (CTC) and local public agencies.
In addition to utility matters, Ms. Ramsey has extensive experience in complex transactions and litigation involving public agencies, property law, encroachment permits and appeals, eminent domain, environmental law, CEQA, tribal law, and labor law (prevailing wage). She is a successful trial attorney, with published decisions at the Court of Appeal. She is the recipient of Caltrans’ Superior Accomplishment Award for exceptional contributions to improving state government. Ms. Ramsey graduated from the University of Georgia and from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. While in law school, Ms. Ramsey was a federal judicial extern for the late U.S. District Judge David V. Kenyon, of the Central District of California.
James R. Janz, Attorney
James R. Janz is an attorney in the firm’s San Francisco office. Mr. Janz concentrates his practice on real property transactions and land use issues. He has been involved in all aspects of real estate from property acquisition, through entitlements, construction and operation, with over 30 years of legal experience. He also is a licensed civil engineer and urban planner, and a LEED Accredited Professional. His land use expertise includes ten years of service as a planning commissioner, and eight years as a city councilman. Mr. Janz is active in public service, having twice served as the Mayor of Atherton, California.
Mr. Janz has served as the general counsel for a hotel development and operating company, as chief real estate counsel for a major restaurant development and operating company, and had primary legal responsibility for an approximate $1 billion portfolio of commercial real estate assets throughout the United States owned by an investor client. Mr. Janz’s clients include real estate investors, commercial, residential and hospitality industry developers and owners in all stages of the real estate development process and ongoing operations. Mr. Janz holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, an M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University, and a JD-MBA from the University of Chicago. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He previously served on the Executive Committee of the Urban Planning and Development Division of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has been a partner in two major San Francisco firms, Pettit & Martin, and Sideman & Bancroft, and was a partner in the Tomlinson Zisko firm in Palo Alto.
Valerie Collanton, Attorney
Valerie Collanton is an attorney in the firm’s Sacramento office. Ms. Collanton specializes in complex litigation and has represented a broad range of clients before state and federal courts. Her practice has involved energy and antitrust matters, having represented a large major public utility in litigation stemming from the Western energy crisis. She was a member of the trial team in two major antitrust cases that went to verdict. She has also represented clients in matters involving trade secrets, intellectual property disputes, employment issues, class actions and securities fraud. Ms. Collanton began her career as a prosecutor for New York County under Robert M. Morgenthau where she successfully first-chaired numerous felony trials. She is admitted to practice in California, New York and the United States Virgin Islands. Ms. Collanton graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law where she was Chief Managing Editor of the Hastings International & Comparative Law Review.