Press Release

Halle and Lovinger Join Markowitz Herbold PC

May 07, 2019

Portland business litigation firm Markowitz Herbold PC announced today that Barbara (Barb) Halle and Jeff Lovinger have joined the firm as Of Counsel.

Halle specializes in public utility and employment related matters. Before joining Markowitz Herbold, she worked at Portland General Electric (PGE) where she served as Associate General Counsel for more than 32 years. Halle brings an incredible wealth of talent and experience to the firm’s energy and employment practice groups.

While at PGE, Halle handled many different types of employment matters such as discrimination, sexual harassment and reasonable accommodation, as well as state utility regulatory matters, including transportation electrification, utility service territories, affiliated interests and pole attachment regulations and contracts. She also negotiated and advised on multiple franchise agreements and right-of-way ordinances.  Halle is continuing to provide advice to clients on these matters in her role at Markowitz Herbold.

Lovinger’s practice focuses on energy and utility law. He has extensive experience representing utility clients before state utility commissions in contested case proceedings, rulemakings, and policy dockets. Lovinger has also represented his clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, before state and federal trial and appellate courts, and before county commissions, the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals, and various administrative agencies. In addition to electric utilities, Lovinger has represented municipal water districts, Indian tribes, municipalities and energy project developers on energy issues.

Before joining Markowitz Herbold, Lovinger maintained a solo firm for more than two years and was a founding partner of Lovinger Kaufmann from 1996 to 2016.