Todd R. Chason, Member

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  • Clients often call upon me on their worst days. I welcome the opportunity to tackle their problems and make the next day better.

    Todd helps clients achieve business objectives and navigate regulatory barriers.

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tchason@gfrlaw.com
410-576-4069

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Todd works with clients to develop and execute strategies designed to achieve energy and environmental business objectives, often involving a combined approach incorporating both law and government relations. Todd Chason is the Chair of Gordon Feinblatt's Environmental and Energy Practice Group and a Member of the Government Relations Practice Group.

Achieving energy or environmental goals frequently requires counsel familiar with key Maryland officials within executive branch agencies and the legislature. Todd has spent more than a 15 years developing these relationships and the legal expertise needed to resolve complicated issues. During Maryland's General Assembly session, Todd lobbies on energy and environmental legislation for clients including the Maryland Industrial Technology Alliance, the Maryland Energy Group, merchant power generators, renewables interests and real estate developers.

Todd frequently appears before the Maryland Public Service Commission for a variety of clients, including merchant power generators (conventional and renewable), demand response providers, large energy users, natural gas and electricity brokers and suppliers, utilities and interests in the taxicab industry. He has provided testimony on behalf of merchant generators during various electric supply adequacy proceedings and has obtained electricity and natural gas supplier licenses on behalf of multiple clients. He often participates in Commission rulemakings, including transportation issues and community solar. Todd has represented the Maryland Energy Group in numerous BGE distribution rate cases since 2005, successfully reducing the utility's requested industrial increase in every instance. His energy practice also includes preparing power purchase agreements and related documents.

In recent years, Todd has devoted substantial time to developing large solar projects in Maryland, providing permitting counsel for dozens of utility-scale solar projects with hundreds of MWs of capacity. The majority of these projects have progressed through Maryland's Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity ("CPCN") process, though Todd has also handled CPCN-exempt community solar and distributed generation projects. These projects take advantage of not only his energy experience but also with environmental aspects.

Todd regularly counsels developers, builders, and other businesses seeking or operating under federal and state permits. He has guided dozens of Brownfields properties through the Maryland Department of the Environment's Voluntary Cleanup Program, ranging from small parcels with dry cleaning issues to golf courses to large former industrial sites, and variously sized projects in between. Todd is also experienced in handling natural resources issues, including wetlands, Chesapeake Bay Critical Area, and stormwater management. Todd has represented property owners and inspectors in lead paint enforcement actions, providing both compliance counseling and negotiating favorable resolutions with the Maryland Department of the Environment. Todd also represents referrals from the Maryland Disability Law Center on special education issues.

Todd lives in northern Baltimore County with his wife, three kids, and annoying golden retriever who collectively usurp almost all of his "free" time. His accomplishments in this arena include losing many model rockets in trees and coaching a U8 soccer team to an undefeated season despite literally no knowledge of the sport. This spring, he is managing a U10 baseball team to glory. He also loves to run and tries to golf.

Before joining Gordon Feinblatt, Todd clerked for the Honorable Deborah S. Eyler at the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland. Todd received his J.D., cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Stevenson University. While at the University of Baltimore he served as the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Environmental Law.

Representative Matters

Permitting for Keys Energy Center (730 MW natural gas facility), including CPCN and federal and state wetlands

Significant reduction in distribution rate increases on behalf of larger energy users in Baltimore

A reported decision by the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland that will result in a refund of $7.5 million to large commercial and industrial electricity customers

Litigating and negotiating to obtain permitting for a 160 MW power plant in Baltimore City

First solar Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity ("CPCN") issued in state for 20 MW facility in Hagerstown, Maryland

Substantial amendment of off-shore wind legislation for large energy users

Passage of bill including refuse-derived fuel as a Tier 1 renewable resource for Maryland Renewable Portfolio Standard

Honors

Received the "Outstanding Professional Services Award" from the Fuel Fund of Maryland for the contribution of legal services, June 2011

Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers® for Energy & Natural Resources, Environmental and Government Relations since 2010 (Rising Star 2010-2016)

Villa Julie College's 2006 "Young Alumni of the Year"

News

Professional and Civic Involvement

Appointee, Maryland Air Quality Advisory Council ("AQCAC") representing Maryland Chamber, by MDE Secretary, 2015

Member, Maryland Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee (by invitation)

Chair, Board of the Baltimore County Department of Social Services (2010-2012)

Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Administrative Law, Stevenson University (2009-2012)

Stevenson University Alumni board (2008-2011)

Publications and Lectures

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Related Legal Boutiques

Energy & Environmental
Government Relations

Education

J.D., cum laude, University of Baltimore School of Law, 2001
B.S., Stevenson University, 1998

Bar Admissions

Maryland, 2001