Frank Rich Lindh is the CPUC's General Counsel, effective June 23, 2008.
Mr. Lindh was previously an attorney at PG&E and from 1996 until 1998 he was General Counsel of Pacific Gas Transmission Company (now known as Gas Transmission Northwest Corporation), a major interstate natural gas pipeline serving California and the Pacific Northwest.
In his career as an attorney, Mr. Lindh has worked in private law firms in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco and as an appellate attorney at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Mr. Lindh has served as an attorney on numerous cases affecting the California energy industry, often representing the interests of California consumers side-by-side with the CPUC's attorneys and staff. He has authored and co-authored several law review articles on federal-state relations in the energy industry.
In his prior career as a social worker, Mr. Lindh worked in the private, non-profit sector, and for social services agencies in county, state, and federal government.
Mr. Lindh serves on the Board of Directors of the Energy Bar Association in Washington, D.C., and currently is President-Elect of the Association's Western Chapter. He also is a longstanding member of the Conference of California Public Utility Counsel.
Mr. Lindh holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He attended college at Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania, and is an honors graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. He was admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia in 1985 and has been a member of the California bar since 1992.
The General Counsel oversees the CPUC's Legal Division, which is directed by statute to represent and appear for the people of the State of California and the CPUC in all actions and proceedings involving any question under the Public Utilities Code or under any order or act of the CPUC.