Former General Counsel of the Missouri Public Service Commission Joshua Harden Joins Stinson Leonard Street in Kansas City

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Stinson Leonard Street is proud to announce that Joshua Harden has joined the firm as Of Counsel and will practice in the firm's Kansas City office.

Joshua brings extensive public utility, regulatory and general civil litigation experience to the firm. He previously served as general counsel for the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC), where his duties included advising the commission on state and federal regulatory legal issues in the various sectors subject to the PSC's jurisdiction and defending the agency's orders and decisions on judicial review. Additionally, while at the PSC Joshua founded a model multidisciplinary Federal Energy Group to represent the state of Missouri before the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and at regional transmission organizations. He also advised the commission on compliance with ethics rules and open meetings and records requirements.

Joshua also has significant private practice experience. He has tried cases in state and federal courts as well as the Missouri Court of Appeals and the Missouri Supreme Court. He has represented developers, business owners and entrepreneurs in trademark infringement issues, all manner of workplace matters, real estate disputes and negotiated debt financing and equity offerings.

Joshua earned his J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

Attorneys in Stinson Leonard Street’s Energy group provide full-service legal counsel to clients using a team approach to develop and implement innovative and cost-effective solutions to clients’ business needs. The firm represents and advises clients on virtually all state and federal energy and other utility regulatory matters serving public utilities, independent power producers, large industrial customers and other entities. Attorneys have been involved in all aspects of FERC and NERC regulation of electricity and natural gas—tariffs, compliance, electric transmission and pipeline transportation and market power— and are industry leaders in their practice areas. Further, the firm has represented clients before more than 40 state public utility commissions regarding mergers and acquisitions, grants of authority, rates, regulatory compliance, siting and permitting, and related policy matters.

"Joshua excels at finding creative ways to solve his clients' business issues quickly and in a cost effective way," said Jim Bertrand, the chair of the firm's Energy Practice. "We are thrilled that he is bringing his talents and his experience to the firm and our clients, particularly energy clients in Kansas and Missouri. He will be a great addition to our team."

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