William S. Baer
Assistant Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
William J. Baer was sworn in as the Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division on January 3, 2013, following confirmation by the United States Senate.
Prior to his appointment as Assistant Attorney General, he was a Partner and Head of the Antitrust Practice Group at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, DC, with extensive experience in both criminal and civil antitrust investigations, including merger and acquisition reviews by antitrust enforcement agencies in the United States and globally. At Arnold & Porter since January 2000, Mr. Baer was involved in matters involving high tech, communications, health care, and intellectual property, among others. He has been recognized frequently as a leading and influential antitrust lawyer. Mr. Baer was also a Partner at Arnold & Porter from 1983 until April 1995 and an Associate from 1980 until 1983. He specialized in complex civil and criminal investigations and litigation, principally in the antitrust and trade regulation areas.
From April 1995 until October 1999, Mr. Baer was the Director, Bureau of Competition at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). As Director, he supervised the antitrust law enforcement activities of 220 staff in the Bureau of Competition and 170 staff in FTC’s regional offices and oversaw significant enforcement successes, including blocking mergers in office supply and drug wholesale markets. His work also included successfully challenging exclusionary practices in toy, information technology, and brand name and generic drug markets. Mr. Baer also worked at the FTC from 1975 until 1980 as Assistant General Counsel for Legislation & Congressional Relations (1978-1980); Assistant to Chairman Michael Pertschuk (1977-1978); Assistant to the Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection (1976-1977); and Trial Attorney, Bureau of Consumer Protection (1975-1976).
Mr. Baer is a member of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section. He has lectured in North America, Europe and Asia on various antitrust and consumer protection issues.
Mr. Baer received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1975, and served as an editor of Stanford’s Law Review. He received his B.A. from Lawrence University in 1972 where he graduated Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
President Michael R. Peevey
California Public Utilities Commission
Michael R. Peevey was appointed President of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) by Governor Gray Davis on December 31, 2002, having been originally appointed to the CPUC by Governor Davis in March 2002. In December 2008 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger reappointed Mr. Peevey to the CPUC for another six-year term.
As President of the CPUC, Mr. Peevey is committed to protecting the public interest by promoting consumer needs, while challenging utilities to embrace new technologies and provide safe, high-quality services.
Mr. Peevey is committed to maximizing energy efficiency and demand response opportunities and ensuring that California’s environment is protected. He is a strong supporter of renewable energy and renewable procurement requirements for utilities, and is a leader in implementing California’s Solar and Greenhouse Gas Initiatives. He serves as Chairman of the California Clean Energy Fund, an independent nonprofit corporation working to advance clean energy using tools from finance, public policy, and technological innovation; and also serves as Chairman of the California Emerging Technology Fund, which provides leadership statewide to close the “Digital Divide”.
Mr. Peevey has made it a priority to work closely with sister agencies, such as the California Department of Water Resources, the Independent System Operator, the California Energy Commission, and the Air Resources Board– agencies in which the CPUC has overlapping or complementary responsibilities, to assure that California has adequate energy resources and transmission facilities to support its growing population and improving economy.
From 1995 until 2000, Mr. Peevey was President of NewEnergy Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Peevey was President of Edison International and Southern California Edison Company, and a senior executive there beginning in 1984. Mr. Peevey has served on the boards of numerous corporations and non-profit organizations.
Mr. Peevey has received many awards recognizing his leadership in developing energy policy and promoting recognition of California’s diverse population, including a “Distinguished Citizen Award” from the Commonwealth Club of California for achievements in green and sustainable energy in 2007; the Pat Brown Legacy Award in 2003; named “Man of the Year” by the Power Association of Northern California; recognized with the Climate Action Champion Award by the California Climate Action Registry in 2004; and leadership recognition from American Council for Energy Efficiency (2005), the Utility Minority Access Program (2006), and the California Solar Energy Industries Association (2006).
Mr. Peevey holds Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He is married to Carol J. Liu, who served three terms representing the 44th Assembly District (La Canada Flintridge) in the California legislature and in November 2008 was elected to the California Senate to represent the 21st Senate District. They have three children.