Christopher L. Callas

BIOGRAPHY
Phone: (304) 340-1251 | Fax: (304) 340-1080 | Email: ccallas@jacksonkelly.com
500 Lee Street East, Suite 1600, Charleston, WV 25301-3202


Christopher L. "Chris" Callas, a Member in Jackson Kelly’s Charleston, West Virginia, office practices in the Firm’s Commercial Law Practice Group.

Mr. Callas' legal focus is utility regulation.  He represents investor-owned electric, gas and water utilities before the Public Service Commission of West Virginia in certificate applications, general rate cases, fuel/purchased power proceedings, purchased gas adjustment filings and a wide range of regulatory consent cases, including utility acquisitions and divestitures.  Of particular note is Mr. Callas' work on the certification of interstate high voltage transmission lines, projects in which he has worked closely with PJM Interconnection on regional transmission reliability issues.  He also consults on the regulatory aspects of utility financings, ranging from debt and equity issuances to utility holding company IPOs and ratepayer obligation charge financings.

Mr. Callas’ experience also extends to merchant generation projects.  Mr. Callas has been a leader in the siting and development of these facilities in West Virginia, both as regulatory counsel and as coordinator of the Firm's other project development services.  Wind energy is a particular area of focus.  Mr. Callas has served as lead counsel on several wind energy projects before the Commission and has advised both landowners and lenders on others.  In addition to siting issues, Mr. Callas frequently advises project developers and owners on project financing concerns and siting certificate transfer questions.

Mr. Callas has considerable legislative experience, having represented governmental and private clients in both legislative drafting and lobbying matters.  Mr. Callas was co-author of legislation to streamline the exempt wholesale generator siting process after the Supreme Court of Appeals' ACT v. PSC decision, a case in which he was lead counsel for the project developer.   Mr. Callas was also the primary author of the environmental securitization legislation enacted by the West Virginia Legislature in 2005; subsequently, he helped secure regulatory approvals under that statute for the nation’s first issuance of securitization bonds for environmental control facilities.

Mr. Callas is a summa cum laude graduate of Washington and Lee University and a 1992 graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law.  He has been listed in Woodward/White's The Best Lawyers in America® since 2003.  He is a member of the Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law of the American Bar Association and has been active in the West Virginia Wind Energy Working Group and the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Energy Committee.  His community activities include service as Chairman of Board of Directors of the United Way of Central West Virginia and, for 2014-2015, Chairman of its annual campaign.

 
Legal Experience
 
1997 - 1998Counsel to House Judiciary Committee, West Virginia Legislature
1992 - PresentJackson Kelly PLLC
 
Education
 
1992J.D.Vanderbilt University Law School
1989B.A.Washington and Lee University (European History and French)
 
Bar Admissions
 
1992West Virginia
 
Court Admissions
 
1996U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
1992U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia
1992U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia

Professional Involvement:
  • American Bar Association
  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • Leadership West Virginia (Class of 1999)

Community:
  • United Way of Central West Virginia Board of Directors and Executive Committee
  • Junior Achievement
  • Read Aloud West Virginia

Teaching and Lecturing:
  • Various presentations on renewable energy siting matters

Awards and Honors:
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Energy Law, 2003-2018
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Associate Editor, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law
  • Graduated summa cum laude from Washington and Lee University, 1989
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