Theodore J. Paradise

Theodore J. Paradise environmental and energy regulation lawyer K&L Gates Law Firm
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Professional Biography

Theodore Paradise is a partner in the firm’s Boston office, working out of the firm’s New York and Washington, D.C., offices as well, and is a member of the firm’s global Energy, Infrastructure, and Resources practice area where he focuses on helping clients navigate and shape a complex legal landscape. With over 23 years of experience both in private practice and in-house roles, Theodore has represented clients across the United States and Europe in a wide range of proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), as well as other federal and state agencies, such as the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Department of Energy (DOE). Theodore is a recognized thought leader on matters of transmission planning and development for offshore wind, an area where he has been a frequent industry speaker and participant in state and federal legal, policy, and technical forums. Theodore’s background counseling organizations on business and energy project development strategies in both traditional areas and new fields such as floating offshore wind, provides him with insights and an understanding of the practical business realities clients face and the range of interrelated regulatory, corporate, tax, stakeholder, and environmental issues that he can help coordinate for efficient and effective representation.

Theodore’s background includes legal oversight of regulatory planning, operational matters for a northeastern RTO where he oversaw the development of several tariff provisions, and led teams in charge of generator interconnection and matters related to North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) compliance. He also served as the head of the ISO-RTO Counsel’s Legal and Regulatory Committee where he coordinated the legal and policy positions of all North American organized market grid operators in joint filings. Theodore's experience also encompasses the west coast, where he was outside counsel to the system operator in California and more recently a participant in offshore industry trade groups focused on renewable energy and transmission development in the deeper waters of the Pacific Ocean. He has represented clients in both outside counsel and in-house roles through hearings, settlements, rulemakings, technical conferences, complaints, and energy market rule filings before FERC, has qualified a European offshore wind developer before BOEM and led the process for Wind Energy Area lease area nominations in the Atlantic region. Theodore has worked on transmission project development and bids in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern US, and has over two decades of experience navigating ISO and RTO stakeholder processes. He has also interfaced on behalf of clients with the DOE policy and technical offices, including facilitating meetings with national labs related to offshore wind technology and as a member of various offshore study advisory committees.

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