Joseph M. Karp

Joseph Karp is a partner in the firm’s energy group who focuses his practice on regulatory, transactional, and project development matters.

Mr. Karp has dealt with natural gas and electricity issues in the United States and internationally. His experience in these areas includes representing end users in retail gas and electricity transactions and representing electricity generators in connection with electricity sales, fuel supply, interconnection, transmission, and other areas. Mr. Karp also has represented clients in numerous electricity generation asset sale and project finance transactions, representing buyers, sellers, developers, and lenders. In the renewable energy area, Mr. Karp has represented developers and power purchasers in matters involving wind, solar, biomass, landfill gas, geothermal, and other technologies.

Mr. Karp regularly represents the California Wind Energy Association and the California Cogeneration Council in regulatory proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission, involving natural gas unbundling, electric industry restructuring, and renewable portfolio standard issues. He also represents investor-owned water utilities before the California Public Utilities Commission.

Mr. Karp received a B.A. in Law and Society from State University of New York at Binghamton, where he received the Foundation Award for Academic Excellence and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, in 1986. He received a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1989.

Honors & Awards

Mr. Karp is regularly included in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, Northern California Super Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, and Who’s Who Legal Directory (energy). Specifically, from 2012-2014 Chambers USA lists Mr. Karp for his work in California Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation and nationally in Projects. From 2010-2012, Chambers Global ranked him as a leading individual in renewables and alternative energy projects and in the 2012 edition of the Legal 500 Mr. Karp was recognized for his regulatory work in renewables and combined heat and power. In March 2011, Mr. Karp was profiled in the Daily Journal’s first ever list of the top 25 clean tech lawyers. In providing outstanding service to the electric and gas industry, Public Utilities Fortnightly named Mr. Karp one of “Fortnightly’s Top Utility Lawyers of 2011.” He is also included in the San Francisco Chronicle’s “Top Attorneys of 2011.” In 2007, Mr. Karp was named one of the Daily Journal’s “Top 100 Lawyers” in California.


Mr. Karp is a member of the American Bar Association’s Energy and Natural Resource Section.


  • California


  • Harvard Law School, JD, 1989
  • State University of New York at Binghamton, BA, 1986