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Christopher Townsend

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Chris Townsend is Co-Leader of Freeborn's Environment and Energy Practice Group.

Chris has over two decades of experience representing forward-thinking energy market participants, both individually and in coalitions, develop, defend and improve the structures for effective and efficient competition in the energy markets. He regularly provides guidance to entities other than local utilities, including advising large industrial, institutional and commercial energy users, municipalities and other governmental entities with energy-related issues; assisting alternative electricity and natural gas suppliers in developing the structures for energy markets; and representing energy project developers on complex and cutting-edge projects.

On a local, state, national, and international level, Chris helps clients address risks and opportunities associated with the on-going restructuring of the electricity and natural gas industries. He has been involved in a wide variety of regulatory proceedings before the ICC and FERC, and numerous legislative efforts before the Illinois General Assembly, specifically with an emphasis on matters related to bringing additional efficiencies to the energy industries. Chris views the energy industry in terms of where it is headed in order to advise his clients on how to prepare for the future.


J.D., with Honors, University of Iowa College of Law; B.A., cum laude, Augustana College