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Christopher N. Skey



130 E. Randolph St.
Suite 3900
Chicago, IL 60601
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Fax: 312.517.7585
Practice Areas
Administrative LawEnvironment, Energy & Natural Resources
Areas of Emphasis
Administrative LawAlternative/Renewable EnergyEnvironment, Energy & Natural Resources Litigation
Energy & Utilities
J.D., cum laude, Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1997
B.A., Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1991
State Bar Licenses
Lexology Client Choice Award (Illinois: Environment & Climate Change 2017)
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (Volunteer; Chair of Advisory Board; Former President, Vice President for Development, Chair of Board Development Committee, Member Board of Directors 2008-2016)
Chinatown Pro Bono Legal Clinic (Volunteer)
Legal Prep Legal Clinic (Volunteer)
Asian Legal Service Clinic (Former Volunteer and Clinic Coordinator)
Cook County Juvenile Detention Center and Barry Elementary School, through the Lawyers in the Classroom program sponsored by the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago (Former Volunteer Teacher)
Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law's "Introduction to Legal Learning" course offered to incoming law students at Northwestern University School of Law (Former Instructor)

Christopher N. Skey


Christopher N. Skey is a member of the Environment, Energy & National Resources Practice Group in Clark Hill's Chicago office. For more than 15 years, he has handled complex energy matters on behalf of large commercial, industrial, and governmental energy users, competitive energy suppliers (electric and natural gas), energy cooperatives, public utilities, transmission companies, municipalities, trade groups, developers, lenders, building and facility owners, data centers, “green” energy suppliers, non-profit organizations, and other energy market participants. He regularly appears before regulatory agencies and trial and appellate courts on a wide variety of energy-related licensing, rulemaking, investigatory, litigation, compliance audit, and other proceedings. He also counsels energy market participants and energy project developers on compliance and strategic planning relating to the regulatory and legal developments affecting their interests and projects.

Chris complements his focus in energy-related matters with a range of experience in environmental, natural resource, constitutional, and commercial matters, including construction, antitrust, securities, insurance, trade secrets, restrictive covenants, employment, fraud, product liability, copyright, contracts, and other business-related matters. In additional to energy companies of all sorts, Chris has represented lenders, accounting firms, financial services firms, universities and research institutions, law firms, pharmaceutical firms, food and beverage firms, engineering firms, industrial manufacturers, construction firms, real estate developers, data centers, airlines, Native American tribes, consultants, marketing firms, insurance companies, small businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals.

Chris also has great enthusiasm for pro bono work, providing individual representation to low-income people and local and national non-profit organizations who need and deserve a good lawyer. As part of his commitment to pro bono work, he served in 2013-2014 as the President of Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS), the oldest civil pro bono legal services organization in the Chicago area. He currently Chairs CVLS's Advisory Board.

In addition to his private practice experience, Chris served as a Judicial Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday, Middle District of Florida, from 2000 to 2003.

Skey Reported Cases

The following cases are a matter of public record, and they provide a survey of Chris’s work in the energy sector and beyond.

  • Commonwealth Edison Company v. Illinois Commerce Commission, 2016 IL 118129 (Ill. Supreme Ct. 2016).
  • Fortis Inc. and ITC Midwest, LLC Petition for Reorganization, 2016 WL 4493843 (Ill. Commerce Commission 2016).
  • The Coalition to Request Equitable Allocation of Costs Together ("REACT") v. Illinois Commerce Commission, 2015 IL App (2d) 140202 (Ill. App. Ct. 2015).
  • Commonwealth Edison Company v. Illinois Commerce Commission, 2014 IL App (1st) 130544 (Ill. Appellate Ct. 2014).
  • Re: Commonwealth Edison Company 2014–2017 Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Plan, 2014 WL 408765 (Ill. Commerce Commission 2014).
  • Re: Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity 2014–2017 Energy Efficiency Portfolio and Plan, 2014 WL 408767 (Ill. Commerce Commission 2014).
  • Re: Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois (Illinois Rivers Project), 2013 WL 4508733 (Ill. Commerce Commission 2013).
  • Re: North Shore Gas Company / Peoples Gas Light and Coke Company, 2012 Rate Case, 2013 WL 3762292 (Ill. Commerce Commission 2013).
  • Re: Illinois Power Agency 2013 Procurement Plan, 2012 WL 6725795 (Ill. Commerce Commission 2012).
  • Re: Chicago Clean Energy, Inc., 2011 WL 681760 (Ill. Commerce Commission 2012).
  • Re: Ameren Illinois Company 2011 Rate Case, 2012 WL 681750 (Ill. Commerce Commission 2012).
  • Re: North Shore Gas Company / Peoples Gas Light and Coke Company 2011 Rate Case, 2012 WL 681749 (Ill. Commerce Commission 2012).
  • Re: Chicago Clean Energy, Inc., 2011 WL 7142048 (Ill. Commerce Commission 2011).
  • Re: Commonwealth Edison Company 2010 Rate Case, 2011 WL 2521858 (Ill. Commerce Commission 2011).
  • Illinois Commerce Commission v. Commonwealth Edison Company, 2010 WL 1868316 (Ill. Commerce Commission 2010).
  • Re: Northern Illinois Gas Company dba Nicor 2009 Rate Case, 2009 WL 1532999 (Ill. Commerce Commission 2009).
  • Re: Commonwealth Edison Company 2007 Rate Case, 2008 WL 4489072 (Ill. Commerce Commission 2008).
  • BDO Seidman, LLP v. Harris, 885 N.E.2d 470 (Ill. Appellate Ct. 2008).
  • United States v. All Meat and Poultry Products Stored at LaGrou Cold Storage, 407 F. Supp. 2d 823 (N.D. Ill. 2007).
  • Re: Interstate Power and Light Company, 2007 WL 4754232 (Ill. Commerce Commission 2007).
  • Re: Interstate Power and Light Company, 2007 WL 1794929 (Ill. Commerce Commission 2007).
  • Re: South Beloit Water, Gas and Electric Company, 2007 WL 1794930 (Ill. Commerce Commission 2007).
  • Schindler v. Cequent Consumer Products, Inc., 2006 WL 2062099 (E.D. Mo. 2006).
  • Strategic Energy, LLC v. Illinois Commerce Commission, 860 N.E.2d 361 (Ill. Appellate Ct. 2006).
  • MidAmerican Energy Company v. Illinois Commerce Commission, 854 N.E.2d 238 (Ill. Appellate Ct. 2006).
  • Illinois Commerce Commission v. Entergy-Koch Trading, LP, 841 N.E.2d 27 (Ill. Appellate Ct. 2005).
  • Mercury Skyline Yacht Charters v. The Dave Matthews Band, Inc., 2005 WL 3159680 (N.D. Ill. 2005).
  • Roadway Express v. Juedes, 2004 WL 2423811 (N.D. Ill. 2004).