Curt R. Ledford
Areas of Practice
- Nevada, 2004
- J.D., The University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, 2004
- B.A., The University of Arizona, Eller College of Business, 2001
Curt Ledford’s practice is focused on utility, cooperative, administrative, corporate and employment law, as well as NERC reliability and general regulatory matters affecting cooperative utilities. Prior to joining McDonald Carano as a Partner in the Energy & Natural Resources Group, Curt served as General Counsel for Valley Electric Association, Inc. (VEA), a Nevada non-profit cooperative utility that provides electric service to members in six counties throughout rural Nevada and California.
During the past decade, Curt has emerged as one of Nevada’s most dedicated energy and utility attorneys. He played a critical role in helping VEA fulfill what will likely be remembered as one of the most significant accomplishments in its history. VEA officially became the first out-of-state utility to join the California ISO as a participating transmission owner in 2013, supporting the cooperative’s mission to serve as a catalyst for renewable energy development in Nevada.
Curt guided VEA’s legal team to make this agreement a reality, leading the effort to negotiate and finalize dozens of associated contracts, agreements and tariffs. Most impressively, he ensured that necessary legal aspects of VEA’s transition into the California ISO were correct, compliant and completed on time. The youngest general counsel in VEA’s history, Curt assisted the cooperative’s leadership team to transform into an innovative power player in Nevada’s utility industry. Curt also helped VEA to form one of the nation’s largest and most successful domestic solar water heating programs.
In addition, Curt assisted in completing regulatory and other compliance efforts to support nearly 80 miles of transmission line and in obtaining easements for the same, transitioning the Valley Electric system into the California Independent System Operator Corporation, and registering Valley Electric with the Western Electric Coordinating Counsel as a transmission operator, as well as in the creation and review of various bills before the Nevada legislature.
Curt is active in a number of professional organizations. He serves as a founding member and the current Vice Chair of the Energy, Utilities and Communication Law section of the State Bar of Nevada. Curt also serves as the Nevada representative for the Electric Cooperative Bar Association.
A steadfast supporter of community service and charitable efforts, Curt assisted VEA to form a charitable foundation, and is a longtime volunteer in many community-oriented donation drives and projects. Of particular note, Curt was recently involved in an effort to raise meaningful funds for the Las Vegas Rescue Mission during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Curt received a J.D. from the University of Arizona in 2004, and a B.A. in Finance from the University of Arizona in 2001. He is admitted to practice law in Nevada.
Nevada Liaison for National Electric Cooperate Bar Association
Market Advisory Board Member for the U.S. Green Building Council
Survived the “mud hike” to Maunawili Falls in Oahu, Hawaii in 2014
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