The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Division maintains a panel of ALJs who have been trained, and who have served, as ADR neutrals. These ALJs have completed a 40-hour program at the CPUC, the National Judicial College (NJC), or other providers. Many ALJs have received supplemental training at the NJC, Harvard Law School, University of Southern California, U.S. District Court, and programs. ALJs also receive periodic short-training courses throughout the year. The current ADR panel is made up of the following ALJs:
Biographies for ADR Neutrals
Karl J. Bemesderfer
Karl J. Bemesderfer joined the PUC as an Administrative Law Judge in 2002 after practicing law in Illinois and California for 30 years. During his legal career, Judge Bemesderfer served as in-house counsel to several major corporations and as a partner in a San Francisco law firm. In addition to his work as a practicing lawyer, he was an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and a receiver of large commercial properties. As an ALJ, his caseload has included telecommunications, transportation, water and oil pipeline matters. Judge Bemesderfer is a graduate of the College of The University of Chicago and the Harvard Law School.
Dan H. Burcham
Dan H. Burcham was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge with the CPUC in April 2013. At the Commission his caseload has included telecommunications, water, energy, oil and gas pipelines and transportation matters. Prior to joining the CPUC, he served as an ALJ for four years with the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. He has prior experience in the electric utility industry and in area code relief planning and administration.
ALJ Burcham is an attorney licensed in California, received his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science - Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach. He received formal mediation and arbitration training through the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and served as a mediator on the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s pro bono mediation panel and in private practice. He received additional mediation training through the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Maribeth A. Bushey is an Administrative Law Judge at the California Public Utilities Commission. Prior to her appointment 1995, she practiced public utility law before state and federal regulators as in-house counsel for the Bonneville Power Administration, Portland General Electric Company, and San Diego Gas and Electric Company. Judge Bushey’s work at the Commission has focused on complex general rate cases and contentious enforcement proceedings for water, telephone, and transportation companies.
Judge Bushey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the Northern Michigan University and a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College. She also has completed judicial course work at the National Judicial College, University of Nevada at Reno; and mediation training through University of California, Hastings College of Law.
Judge Bushey is a member of the Oregon and California Bar Associations. Judge Bushey serves in the Marin County Superior Courts as a Civil Settlement Conference Panelist and Civil Court Appointed Judicial Arbitrator. In November 2013, Judge Bushey was elected to a four-year term on the San Rafael City Council.
W. Anthony Colbert
W. Anthony Colbert has served as an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) with the California Public Utilities Commission (Commission) since September 2010. Prior to his service with the Commission, ALJ Colbert was a Senior Counsel and Hearing Officer at the California Department of Corporations. There he presided over hearings for over ten years, including hearings for Cisco, Yahoo, Apple, and the Pacific Stock Exchange. Since joining the Commission, ALJ Colbert has focused on adjudicatory proceedings. He is currently the Coordinator for the Commission’s Expedited Compliant Proceedings program (analogues to small claims court) as well as a Coordinator for the ALJ Division’s Intern/Externship program. ALJ Colbert has conducted mediations at the Commission since 2011 in a variety of areas including Water, Energy and Transportation (Rail).
ALJ Colbert received his J.D. from the University of Virginia, School of Law, and did his undergraduate work at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. ALJ Colbert has been a panelist/presenter for various continuing education courses and at the State Bar convention, as well as a speaker on Fairness Hearings and California Securities Law before the Santa Clara Bar Association, San Francisco Bar Association, and Los Angeles Bar Association. The California Business Law Practitioner published an article by ALJ Colbert on Fairness Hearings in its spring 2010 edition. He has served as an expert witness in Criminal, Civil and Administrative Hearings. ALJ Colbert is married with two children. He is currently a mentor at the De Anza High School Law Academy, a past mentor at the Balboa High School Law Academy and he coaches his son’s track team.
Melanie M. Darling
Melanie Darling has been an Administrative Law Judge with the California Public Utilities Commission since August 2008. Her background includes staff work in the California Legislature, regulatory compliance in the private financial sector, and both law firm and solo practice focused in bankruptcy and commercial law. Prior to joining the Commission, Judge Darling served eight years as Senior Tax Counsel with the Board of Equalization, primarily serving as an advisor to Board Members. In that capacity she analyzed a wide range of tax and fee appeals, proposed rules, legislation, and property tax valuations of state assessed public utilities including energy, telecommunications, and railroad companies.
Ms. Darling graduated from CSU Fullerton in Political Science and received her law degree cum laude from University of San Francisco School of Law. She has participated in NASD arbitrations, coursework at the National Judicial College, and taken mediation courses at USF School of Law and U.C. Hastings School of Law.
Regina DeAngelis is an Administrative Law Judge at the California Public Utilities Commission. She has practiced in the area of public utility law for approximately 15 years and has been an Administrative Law Judge since 2007. Prior to her work as an Administrative Law Judge, DeAngelis worked as an attorney for several law firms in San Francisco and the Commission’s Legal Division. During her career, she has participated in energy, water, and telecommunications matters before the Commission. Judge DeAngelis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University and a Juris Doctor degree from Boston University School of Law. She also has completed judicial course work at the National Judicial College, University of Nevada at Reno; and mediation training through University of California, Hastings College of Law.
Kevin Dudney has been an Administrative Law Judge since January 2013. As an ALJ, he has heard a variety of energy and telecommunications cases and completed trainings on mediation at UC Hastings School of Law and fair hearing at National Judicial College. Prior to becoming an ALJ, he was a lead analyst in the Commission’s Energy Division, focusing on diverse areas including resource planning and advanced technologies. For the Energy Division, he facilitated numerous workshops to reach solutions on controversial energy policy topics and participated as an assistant mediator in a major settlement related to interconnection of distributed generators. Judge Dudney holds a B.S. in Physics from Rice University and a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University.
Maryam Ebke is an Administrative Judge at the California Public Utilities Commission. Her current work includes energy and water applications.
Judge Ebke has been with the Commission since 1990. Before becoming an Administrative Law Judge, Judge Ebke worked on various major electric policy proceedings at the CPUC. Between 2004 and 2005, Judge Ebke acted as the interim director of the Division of Strategic Planning at the CPUC, working extensively with management on issues related to the agency such as budgeting and management policies. During that time, she managed staff’s work on telecommunication, water and energy issues. Judge Ebke has represented the PUC in interagency meetings and workshops on issues related to energy planning, procurement and transmission planning and permitting.
Prior to her work at the CPUC, Judge Ebke worked as a consulting engineer designing mechanical systems for high rise buildings. Judge Ebke holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from California State University, Sacramento and is a licensed mechanical engineer in the State of California. She has also completed coursework at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada.
Since 2006, David Gamson has been an Administrative Law Judge at the California Public Utilities Commission. Previous to that, he served as advisor and Chief of Staff for California Public Utilities Commissioner Geoffrey F. Brown from 2001 through 2006, and as energy advisor for CPUC Commissioner Josiah L. Neeper from 1995 to 2000. Mr. Gamson has been a member of the California Board for Energy Efficiency, and the Staff Committee on Resources and the Environment of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. From 1993 to 1995, David was Committee Consultant to the California State Senate Committee on Energy and Public Utilities. David earned his B.A. degree from Pomona College and his Masters Degree in Public Policy from the Graduate School (now Goldman School) of Public Policy at U.C. Berkeley.
Kelly A. Hymes
Kelly A. Hymes has been an Administrative Law Judge at the California Public Utilities Commission since 2011. Her case assignments have focused on energy and telecommunications issues. Before becoming an ALJ, Judge Hymes served as Advisor to Commissioner Dian Grueneich for five years. In that capacity, she briefed the Commissioner on telecommunications, transportation, and low income issues. Judge Hymes also spent five years as a Commission Regulatory Analyst in the former Telecommunications Division.
Judge Hymes has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University and a B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has also completed course work at the National Judicial College.
Colette E. Kersten
Colette E. Kersten is an Administrative Law Judge at the California Public Utilities Commission. Her case assignments primarily focus on energy matters. Judge Kersten has been with the Commission since 2003, serving for two years as an Analyst in the Consumer Protection and Safety (now Safety Enforcement) Division, six years as a Supervisor in Energy Division, and two and a half years as an Advisor to a Commissioner.
Judge Kersten’s career spans several decades in various segments of the energy industry—oil and gas, utility, high tech, and non-profit. During her tenure in various firms and organizations, she has held various staff and leadership roles in multiple functions including supply and distribution, marketing, business planning, and operations.
Judge Kersten has a Doctorate and Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in International Relations and Spanish from the University of California, Davis. She has completed course work in Fair Hearings and Evidence at the National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada as well as Alternative Dispute Resolution training through the University of California Hastings College of the Law. She also served for eight years as an Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the University of San Francisco Graduate School of Business and Professional Studies.
Kimberly H. Kim
Kimberly H. Kim is an Administrative Law Judge at the California Public Utilities Commission. She graduated from Hasting College of the Law in 1993. Since then, she has served as an in-house counsel, has worked in private practice, and has litigated in civil, criminal, administrative and appellate arenas.
In 2008, Judge Kim joined the CPUC and her work since has focused on energy proceedings and transit safety proceedings, but she has also presided over proceedings in a variety of subject areas including water, and telecommunications.
Katherine Kwan MacDonald
Katherine Kwan MacDonald has been an Administrative Law Judge since 2009. Her case assignments as an ALJ have focused on telecommunications and energy matters. Prior to joining the Commission, Judge MacDonald was a hearing officer at the Board of Equalization hearing appeals of California income and business tax matters. She also served as tax advisor to elected Board Member Johan Klehs from 2000-2002. Between 1996 and 1999, Judge MacDonald practiced general civil litigation with a focus in professional liability defense, employment, and landlord tenant matters. Judge MacDonald obtained a B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1990, a J.D. from Whittier Law School in 1996, and an LLM in Taxation from Golden Gate in 2000. Her additional training includes completion of courses in negotiation and mediation, and course work at the National Judicial College.
Jeanne M. McKinney
Jeanne M. McKinney is an Administrative Law Judge at the California Public Utilities Commission. Her assignments include energy, water and telecommunications proceedings. Judge McKinney’s prior experience includes serving as senior counsel to an independent energy producer and handling business disputes and transactions at two San Francisco law firms. Judge McKinney received her Juris Doctor from University of California Hastings College of the Law where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Hastings Law Journal. She received her undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts from Smith College. Judge McKinney completed the Civil Mediation training program at the National Judicial College.
Stephen C. Roscow
Stephen C. Roscow has been an Administrative Law Judge at the California Public Utilities Commission since 2011. His assignments focus on energy proceedings and Expedited Complaint Proceeding cases.
Judge Roscow has been with the Commission since 1991, working in the Division of Ratepayer Advocates (now the Office of Ratepayer Advocates) and the Energy Division for 17 years as a regulatory analyst and 3 years as a supervisor. His functions within the divisions included appearing as an expert witness in various proceedings, facilitating technical workshops and stakeholder working groups, and implementing energy-related public policy programs.
Judge Roscow received his Master Degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He received his undergraduate degree in the Political Economy of Industrial Societies from U.C. Berkeley. Judge Roscow has completed the Fair Hearing and Civil Mediation training programs at the National Judicial College.
Anne E. Simon
Anne Simon is an Administrative Law Judge at the California Public Utilities Commission. Her case assignments currently focus on energy programs; she has also worked on telecommunications and rail safety matters at the Commission. As an ALJ, Judge Simon serves as presiding officer, issues rulings, conducts hearings, and prepares proposed decisions in formal proceedings before the Commission.
Prior to coming to the Commission in 2002, Judge Simon served for six years as an administrative law judge in the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. In that capacity, she conducted evidentiary hearings, resolved discovery disputes, and prepared proposed decisions in appeals of agency decisions. She also facilitated settlement conferences for cases in the formal hearing process.
Judge Simon holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School. She has also completed course work at the National Judicial College. Judge Simon has practiced as an attorney in the areas of environmental law, civil rights, and international human rights in Connecticut, New York, and California.
Jean Vieth, the Coordinator of the ADR program, has been an Administrative Law Judge since 1998. ALJ Vieth’s diverse assignments span all CPUC-regulated industries -- energy, telecommunications, water and transportation – and typically include customer and competitor complaints and Commission-initiated investigations, as well as other types of regulatory proceedings. Since joining the CPUC in 1989, ALJ Vieth has held positions as staff counsel, appellate counsel, and legislative counsel, and she served two Commissioners as an advisor on energy, water, and legal matters. Early in her career she practiced general business litigation as an associate with the San Francisco law firm Stimmel & Stimmel, PC (now Stimmel, Stimmel & Smith, PC), where she represented clients in the courts and before various arbitration panels.
ALJ Vieth received a Juris Doctor from Golden Gate University School of Law and did undergraduate work at Denison University and at the University of Idaho, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Science. She is a trained facilitator, mediator and early neutral evaluator and continues to hone her ADR skills through practice and ongoing study.
Gary Weatherford, an Administrative Law Judge at the CPUC since 2009, has extensive experience in western water law and policy. Formerly he was a partner with the law firm of Weatherford & Taaffe LLP in San Francisco, California, where he specialized in water resources law. He received certified mediator training by CDR Associates (Denver) in 2004. His water-related assignments at the CPUC have included matters concerning contaminated water, the accounting treatment of contamination proceeds, recycled water, CPUC jurisdiction and moratoria on connections. He has been Director of the John Muir Institute, Deputy Secretary for Resources for the State of California, and a Special Assistant both to the Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior, and to the U. S. Attorney General. Mr. Weatherford has taught water and natural resources law at the law schools of the University of Oregon, UCLA, and the University of Santa Clara. He is a board member of the Water Education Foundation. He has served on the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Research Council, the Advisory Committee of the Water Resources Research Center and the board of the Water Resources Archives at the University of California, and on the advisory board of the Congressionally-funded Utton Transboundary Resources Center in New Mexico. Published works include Acquiring Water for Energy (1982, Editor), Water and Agriculture in the Western U.S. (1982, Editor), New Courses for the Colorado River (1986, Co-Editor), and “Decree Enforcement Comes to the Law of the River,” Rocky Mt. Mineral Law Institute (2003). Mr. Weatherford is a member of the California Bar (Inactive) and holds a law degree from Yale University.
Seaneen M. Wilson
Seaneen M. Wilson is an Administrative Law Judge at the California Public Utilities Commission. Her case assignments have focused on energy, telecommunications, water, and transportation. Judge Wilson has been with the Commission since 1981, working in the Division of Ratepayer Advocates, Energy Division, and the Division of Water and Audits. Her functions within the divisions included appearing as an expert witness in various proceedings, preparing testimony and legislative analysis, and acting as a liaison to the Low Income Oversight Board.
Judge Wilson has a Bachelor of Arts from Santa Clara University. She has completed course work in Fair Hearings and Evidence at the National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada as well as Alternative Dispute Resolution training through the University of California Hastings College of the Law.