Christopher Janak

Top Ranked in Communications Law and Water Law by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers®

With two former general counsel to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission on our team, the Utilities Group of Bose McKinney & Evans is well placed to represent the interests of those involved in the provision of utility service within the State of Indiana.  We know the laws that affect all utilities; we understand the jurisdiction of the regulatory agencies; and we have extensive experience in dealing with the basic issues of utility rates, territories, financing, easements, permits and the powers available to Indiana corporations and municipalities.

Following the lead of one of the firm’s founders, Bill Evans, the Utilities Group prides itself on providing aggressive representation where reasonable solutions are not immediately at hand.  We regularly represent entities concerned with distributing potable water, treating wastewater, controlling stormwater, delivering of natural gas, delivering of electric energy, providing of electronic communication or pursuing renewable energy throughout Indiana.  Whether your issue is that of a not-for-profit utility, municipal utility, cooperative utility, investor-owned public utility or an entity negotiating with an Indiana utility, there are few issues in which the current members of the Utilities Group have not been involved during recent decades.

Whether your issue involves establishing financing and basic rates, extending a main or harnessing alternative energy for use on site and for sale, we know the business.

Our attorneys assist clients with the specialized issues they face in their respective industries:

Water and Sewer

  • Formation and start-up of local and regional entities
  • Financing and rates for established entities
  • Expansion of service areas and systems
  • Strategic planning for growth and expansion
  • Environmental permits
  • Condemnation and construction litigation


  • Formation and certification of CLECs
  • Financing and rates for established entities
  • Consumer complaints and service issues
  • Interconnection and TA ‘96 compliance
  • Rate, tariff and service standard issues
  • Wireless siting and zoning issues
  • Cable franchise and overbuild strategies
  • Internet Service Provider service issues

Energy – Alternative, Clean, Electric and Natural Gas

  • Formation and certification of start-up entities
  • Financing and rates for established entities
  • Strategic planning for growth, acquisitions and mergers
  • Contract negotiations and customer complaints
  • Deregulation, relaxed regulation and bypass strategies
  • Siting and zoning

All Utilities

  • Public affairs and public policy
  • Tax, corporate structure and succession planning
  • Employee benefits and labor relations
  • Green initiatives, including certification, sustainability, energy management, clean technology and construction issues
  • Complex contract issues
  • Creditors’ rights, workouts and litigation
  • Debt and equity facilities
  • Protection of intellectual property
  • Litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts

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