Laura Fernandez joined BBSW in 2015 while concurrently attending the University of California, Davis School of Law. Laura represents community choice aggregators primarily on matters related to transportation electrification, energy efficiency, and residential time-of-use rates.
Laura also provides legal and regulatory services to the California Municipal Utilities Association as well as to a coalition of California’s smallest publicly owned electric utilities. In this role, Laura focuses on wildfire issues confronting California’s electric utilities, including de-energization, wildfire mitigation planning and advocating to change the strict liability standard applied under inverse condemnation. Laura provides advocacy and reporting services on matters before the California Air Resources Board (CARB), California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the California Independent System Operator.
Prior to BBSW, Laura interned with CARB and the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General in the Environment, Natural Resources and Land Law sections. Laura received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Policy from the University of California, San Diego in 2011 and her juris doctor degree and environmental law certificate from the University of California, Davis School of Law in 2016. While in law school, Laura served as Chair of the Environmental Law Society and as the Senior Articles Editor for Environs the Environmental Law and Policy Journal, which published her article regarding water law and policy in California. Laura is a member of the California State Bar.