Dean E. Criddle

Dean E. Criddle,

a partner in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Tax Group.

Concentrating his practice in electric and gas utility finance, Mr. Criddle serves as both tax and finance counsel to utilities, underwriters, financial advisors, special purpose issuers, developers and state public utilities commissions in utility financings. His broad experience ranges from “stranded cost” securitization financings for investor-owned electric utilities to tax-exempt financings for utilities owned by investor-owned companies, nonprofit corporations, states, local governments and federal power marketing agencies.

Mr. Criddle currently is advising Bonneville Power Administration in connection with its efforts to refinance and extend the maturities of a portfolio of approximately $6 billion of tax-exempt and taxable notes and bonds issued for its benefit by Energy Northwest (formerly known as Washington Public Power Supply System).

In addition to working on transaction-specific capital markets matters, Mr. Criddle provides ongoing tax, regulatory and general business law advice to a variety of clients, including:

Bonneville Power Administration
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
California Independent System Operator Corporation
Public Utility District No. 1 of Snohomish County, Washington
Public Utility District No. 1 of Chelan County, Washington
Friends of the Society of Servants of God
Interfaith Center at the Presidio

Mr. Criddle has obtained more than 20 private letter rulings from the IRS on matters ranging from the tax treatment of securitized bonds issued to refinance stranded cost of electric utilities, to confirming that proposed activities of nonprofit corporations will not adversely affect their tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. He also regularly represents clients in IRS audits. In addition, over active opposition from the IRS, Mr. Criddle has obtained declaratory judgments from the United States Tax Court in a case confirming the tax-exempt status of bonds (California Health Facilities Authority v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, 90 T.C. 832 (1988)), and in a case confirming that a nonprofit Section 501(c)(3) organization need not be classified as a “private foundation” (Friends of the Society of Servants of God v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, 5 T.C. 209 (1980)).

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Tax, 2) Infrastructure, 3) Nonprofit Corporation Financing and 4) Public Power Financing
Law School J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif, Economics, University of Chicago Law School, 1976
Education B.A., summa cum laude, Economics, Brigham Young University, 1973
Bar Member / Association State bar of California
Most recent firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
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