W. Davis (Dave) Smith

W. Davis (Dave) Smith serves as Of Counsel to the firm, bringing more than 30 years of legal experience in the electric and gas utility industries, most notably as former general counsel for both SDG&E and Southern California Gas Company, subsidiaries of Sempra Energy.

Mr. Smith has a wide range of experience with both state and federal electric and gas regulation, class actions and complex commercial litigation. He has been responsible for and involved in major merger and acquisition activities both domestic and international. While acting general counsel for SDG&E, he supervised the resolution of multi-billion dollar wildfire litigation involving more than 3,500 claimants. Additionally, Mr. Smith oversaw the regulatory approval of a $2 billion 500 kV transmission project, the largest of its kind in the company's history.

He has successfully litigated General Rate Cases (GRC) on behalf of the Sempra California Utilities. He resolved an energy crisis dispute with the CPUC and State of California which involved proceedings at the FERC, State Court and in arbitration. He was instrumental in resolving a major regulatory dispute between Southern California Gas and its major customers involving storage and capacity access. He was responsible for the settlement of a lawsuit brought by the California Attorney General and the CPUC involving curtailment rules for electric generators in San Diego and Mexico.

Mr. Smith holds a B.S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado, an MBA from California State University, Dominguez Hills and obtained his law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the California Minority Counsel Program.

He is a member of the State Bar of California, and is admitted to appear before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeal for the 9th and 10th Circuits, the United States Court of Appeal for the District of Columbia and the United States District Court - Central, Eastern and Southern Divisions.

Mr. Smith can be contacted at:

Andrews Lagasse Branch + Bell LLP
4365 Executive Drive, Suite 950 San Diego, CA  92121
(ph) 619.417.1623
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