Curt R. Ledford
Curt R. Ledford
1750 SW Harbor Way, Ste. 450
Portland, OR 97201
University of Arizona, J.D., 2004
University of Arizona, B.A., 2001
Curt Ledford’s practice is focused on utility, administrative, corporate, cooperative, and regulatory law, as well as general matters affecting energy developments, generation facilities, renewable energy, and Nevada’s utilities. Prior to joining Davison Van Cleve as a partner, from 2007 to 2015, Curt served as General Counsel for Valley Electric Association, Inc. (VEA), a Nevada non-profit cooperative utility that provides electric service to members in six counties throughout rural Nevada and California.
Curt is one of Nevada’s most dedicated energy and utility attorneys. Curt has assisted numerous clients in various Nevada regulatory matters, including an NFL franchise, a global electric vehicle manufacturer, various utility-scale renewable energy generators, local gaming enterprises, and other large business over the recent years. Recently, Curt’s legal work has resulted in a first-of-its kind long term energy contract for an NFL stadium. In addition, Curt represented a group of Nevada electric customers in a recent rate case before the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN), which resulted in significant savings for those customers. Also, Curt has worked to achieve positive benefits for a generation client in a natural gas rate case, has advised clients in integrated resource planning dockets, assisted numerous clients in open access applications under NRS 704B, and participated in other related regulatory cases. From a federal regulatory perspective, Curt has extensive experience in the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Standards and the requirements of the Western Electric Coordinating Council (WECC).
Curt also assists the firm’s clients with state and federal permitting and environmental approvals, and Curt has represented both buyers and sellers alike in transactions involving renewable energy facilities. As a former utility employee, Curt is also intimately familiar with the various rules, regulations, and contractual requirements of local utilities, and provides guidance to developer clients when navigating through the labyrinth of utility line extension and interconnection rules and requirements.
Curt is active in various professional organizations. Curt is an advisory member to E2 (Energy + Economic) and was also a founding member of the Energy, Utilities and Communication Law Section of the State Bar of Nevada. Additionally, Curt was the most-recent chairman of the Clean Energy Project, an organization founded by former senator Harry Reid.
A steadfast supporter of community and charitable efforts, Curt assisted VEA to form a charitable foundation, and is a longtime volunteer in many community-oriented donation drives and projects.
Curt is admitted to practice in the following jurisdictions:
Recent Awards and Recognition
Nevada Business Magazine, “Legal Elite” – Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Business Entities & Transactions, Real Estate & Land Use, four years running