David Gilles

Adjunct Professor


David J. Gilles is a shareholder and a member of the environmental and energy law practice group in the Madison office and has expertise in energy regulatory law matters. He also works with the antitrust, consumer protection and government practice team.

Prior to joining the firm, Dave served as General Counsel to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (2003-2007). The Commission is an independent regulatory agency, responsible for overseeing public utilities providing electric, gas, water and telecommunications services to the public.

As General Counsel, Dave was responsible for all legal matters affecting the agency. Dave supervised and directed legal representation in state and federal courts and before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Federal Communications Commission. While at the agency, legislation streamlining procedures for approval of energy facilities was enacted (2003 Wisconsin Act 89). In addition, legislation setting renewable resource portfolio standards for energy providers became law (2005 Wisconsin Act 141).

Before his appointment at the Commission, Dave was an Assistant Attorney General with the Wisconsin Department of Justice for more than two decades. At the department, he handled civil enforcement litigation and related appellate advocacy regarding consumer protection, antitrust and other matters as well as testimony before legislative committees and regulatory agencies.

Dave participated in several National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) committees and working groups regarding consumer protection and antitrust issues and proceedings. In 1993 and 1994 he served as coordinator for the NAAGs Consumer Protection Committee, Telecommunications Subcommittee (chaired by Attorney General James Doyle).

In 1996 he served as the department's Telecommunication Advocate, a position created by the Information Superhighway Act (1993 Act 496) to represent consumer and competitive interests regarding telecommunications issues before the Public Service Commission.

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