Carrying more than twenty-five years of experience, Chris provides HBS clients with sophisticated guidance and advice in the regulatory and legislative spaces, as well as corporate communications and public risk strategy.
His work primarily involves managing public risk for electric energy companies and other large corporations through agency rulemaking, contested cases and legislative advocacy. He is heavily involved with all aspects of the competitive electric market in Texas and in issues related to electric generation, renewable energy development, transmission infrastructure and retail competition.
Chris regularly advocates on behalf of clients before the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. In addition to energy, Chris has served clients in the healthcare, environmental services, real estate and land use, financial services, manufacturing, and agriculture industries, advocating for their initiatives in the Texas Legislature. His work has spanned outside Texas borders, directing legislative and regulatory activities for clients in Louisiana, Mississippi, Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Iowa, Oklahoma and Kansas. Chris also represented a number of pipeline companies, trucking companies and concrete and aggregate companies before the Texas Transportation Commission and Texas Railroad Commission.
In addition to his role at HBS, Chris has an active legal practice at Husch Blackwell, where he is Senior Counsel. Previously, Chris held executive positions at Exelon Corporation and Entergy Corporation. At Exelon, he was responsible for coordinating the company’s marketing and strategic planning goals with its market development priorities and public policy positions. At Entergy, he created and implemented the public risk management strategy for $4 billion in power development projects in 14 states, as well as the joint trading and pipeline venture with Koch Industries. He also led civic and state affairs for Continental Airlines and held staff positions in the Texas governor’s office and the Texas State Senate.
Chris received his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and later completed Loyola University School of Law’s (Cuernavaca, Mexico) Mexican Legal Studies Program. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin.