Irion A. Sanger

IrionBusiness Phone: 503.756.7533

Business Fax: 503.334.2235


Practice Areas

Public Utility and Energy Law

Administrative and Regulatory Law

Transactions and Resource Development

Water Utility Law


Lewis and Clark Law School, J.D. 2000

New College of California, B.A. 1995

Professional Experience

Mr. Sanger’s legal and consulting practice focuses on energy, administrative, and public utility law. He represents energy trade associations, municipalities, electric cooperatives, irrigation districts, end-use industrial and commercial consumers, investor owned natural gas and water utilities, and renewable and cogeneration electricity producers. Mr. Sanger advises hydro, biomass, geothermal, wind, solar, cogeneration, and other electricity generators on a wide variety of transactional matters, including negotiating power purchase agreements, interconnection agreements, wholesale power sales, resource development and sales, and other matters. He has a lengthy background representing end-use industrial, commercial, and irrigation customers in all facets of retail rates and service quality. Mr. Sanger represents clients in energy and utility matters before state and federal courts, state public utility commissions, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Bonneville Power Administration. Mr. Sanger is also an adjunct instructor at Lewis and Clark Law School, and in Portland Community College’s Paralegal Program.

Mr. Sanger previously practiced with the law firm of Davison Van Cleve.  He represented industrial energy users, qualifying facilities, trade associations, and public utilities on regulatory and litigation matters before state and federal regulatory commissions and courts.  Mr. Sanger also worked as a law clerk in the energy and public utility field for both the law firm Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer, & Pembroke and the Bonneville Power Administration, and as a law clerk on migrant farm worker issues for the Oregon Law Center.

Mr. Sanger graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon in 2000 with cum laude honors and an Environmental Law Certificate, and from World College Institute of New College of California in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in the Humanities with an emphasis in International Environmental Studies.

Professional Activities

United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Montana State Bar

Oregon State Bar

Oregon State Bar Energy, Telecom and Utility Section

Oregon State Bar Administrative Law Section

Washington State Bar

Wyoming State Bar