Raymond L. Gifford

Denver Managing Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
Raymond L. Gifford

Raymond L. Gifford counsels communications, electric and gas utilities, and information technology companies on state and federal aspects of regulation, administrative law, and competition policy. He is an expert in public utilities law, and the law and economics of regulation of network industries. Mr. Gifford’s law and policy work focuses on the convergence of broadband communications and energy, as well as environmental policy as it applies to the electric industry. He represents clients in state and federal courts and agencies, and serves as an expert witness on utility regulation and its history. He is also a Senior Adjunct Fellow at the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship, and Co-Directs the Institute for Regulatory Law & Economics at University of Colorado Law School.

Mr. Gifford served as Chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission from 1999-2003. Following that, he served as President of The Progress & Freedom Foundation, a Washington DC-based think-tank that studied the digital revolution as it relates to regulation of network industries. He entered the regulatory law world as First Assistant Attorney General in the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. He clerked for the Honorable Richard P. Matsch of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. Mr. Gifford has authored a number of articles on communications law, public utility regulation and competition policy in network industries. He is a graduate of University of Chicago Law School and St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute

  • J.D. University of Chicago, 1992
  • B.A (Great Books), St. John’s College (Annapolis, MD), 1989

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Publications and Multimedia
State 'Around Market' Action and FERC: The End of Competitive Wholesale Electric Markets? - Event Audio/Video
Telecommunications & Electronic Media and Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Groups
April 24, 2017
Federalism and Municipal Broadband - Podcast
Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group Podcast
March 21, 2016
Introducing Julius Genachowski, Nominee for FCC Chairman
New Federal Initiatives Project
April 23, 2009
SCOTUScast 3-3-08 featuring Ray Gifford
Morgan Stanley Capital v. Public Utility District
March 03, 2008