On July 1, Jeff Goltz returned to the practice of law, becoming Of Counsel at Cascadia Law Group PLLC after serving six years on the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. Jeff focuses his practice on energy, telecommunications, and state and regional regulatory matters.
Governor Chris Gregoire appointed Jeff to the UTC in 2009, where he served as chairman until 2013.
Before his appointment, Jeff practiced law for 34 years, 30 of which were in the Washington Attorney General’s Office (AGO), where from 2001 to 2009 he served as one of four supervising deputy attorneys general under both Attorneys General Chris Gregoire and Rob McKenna. Prior to that, Jeff headed the AGO’s Utilities and Transportation Division, serving as chief counsel to the Commission; as head of the Ecology Division; and as an assistant attorney general both in the Ecology and Revenue Divisions. He also was in private practice and worked on environmental and energy issues as a legislative assistant in Washington, D.C.
While at the UTC Jeff served as President of the Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners, on the Electricity and Consumer Affairs Committees of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, and as the Commission’s representative on the State-Provincial Steering Committee, an advisory committee to the Western Electricity Coordinating Council on regional transmission issues.
After growing up in Bellingham, Jeff attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, receiving his B.A. cum laude, then earned his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law, where he was Executive Editor of the Oregon Law Review.