Court S. Rich is Co-Founder of Rose Law Group and is Director of the firm’s Renewable Energy Department. Court practices in the areas of renewable energy, municipal law, regulatory law, land use and zoning, administrative law, real estate, and handles administrative matters in front of the Arizona Corporation Commission, the Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee, the Arizona Department of Real Estate, and the State Liquor Board as well as lobbying at the State Legislature. Court serves as regulatory counsel for some of the largest solar companies and solar industry organizations in the United States. Court has extensive experience helping clients solve complicated real estate development and regulatory issues in all parts of the Valley and around the State of Arizona. Court has assisted clients in some especially unique development issues related to, utility services, floodplains, assurances, freeway and utility sittings, as well as securing use permits, and variances where needed.
On the regulatory front, Court has worked on numerous groundbreaking matters in Arizona including acting as lead counsel before the Arizona Corporation Commission for the largest solar energy industry groups in the country in matters relating to the future of distributed generation in Arizona. Court has negotiated numerous power purchase agreements and turnkey agreements for utility scale solar generation facilities with utilities including among others Arizona Public Service, Pacific Gas and Electric, and Tucson Electric Power. In addition, Court has drafted and negotiated solar service agreements, solar lease agreements, and solar purchase agreements for numerous distributed scale solar projects with a variety of off-takers.
Under Court’s leadership, Rose Law Group pc has become the leading firm in Arizona for renewable energy and its renewable energy department was just ranked number one in the state by Ranking Arizona.
Court’s work demands that he have close relationships with elected officials and state, municipal, and county staff members throughout Arizona. As a result, Court is often involved in election campaigns in support of local and state candidates and stays involved in the communities in which he works. Court is always ready to assist clients in working with municipal, county, or state officials in an effort to build better communities and solve local and regional issues.
Court is a regular speaker and panelist on all things related to renewable energy. Court also has served as pro bono counsel for the Institute for Justice (representing a Winchell’s Donut shop against first amendment abuse) and has been an associate scholar at the Goldwater Institute which published his policy brief, “Protecting Private Property Rights: The Case for Vested Property Rights.”
He supports and serves on committees for various Valley philanthropic organizations including Teen Lifeline, which is one of his favorites. Former Governor Jan Brewer appointed Court to sit on her Solar Energy Advisory Task Force. Court is Vice President of the Arizona Solar Energy Industry Association, and a member of the Phoenix Green Chamber’s Public Policy Committee. Court also sits on the City of Scottsdale Cultural Council’s Scottsdale Public Art Advisory Board, the Board of the Arizona chapter of Gen Next, the Board of Directors for the Gen Equity Political Action Committee, and is formerly served on the executive board of the Economic Development Group of Eloy (EDGE). Court is a proud graduate of Scottsdale Leadership’s Class 23, a member of Gen Next, and Pinal Partnership.
Court received his B.A. in philosophy from University of Arizona in 1998 and his J.D. from Arizona State University in 2001 where he was a Pedrick Scholar. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona Association.
On the lighter side, he was named “Best Name for a Lawyer” in the Phoenix New Times’ Best of Phoenix Issue, 2001.
In The News
Salt River Project plans big increase in solar power over next 4 years; Rose Law Group Renewable Energy Department Director Court Rich discusses
The 45-megawatt Sandstone Solar Facility in Florence serves SRP and came online in 2015./Provided by SRP. By Ryan Randazzo | Arizona Republic Salt River Project, Arizona’s second-largest electric company, plans to double the amount of solar energy it gets from large power plants over the next four years. The company, which already had plans for lots more solar, said large
Court Rich, Rose Law Group co-founder and renewable energy department director, weighs in on bill to strip AZ regulators of power to make clean-energy rules
By Ryan Randazzo | Arizona Republic Lawmakers moved Wednesday to strip the Arizona Corporation Commission of its power to make rules about clean energy in the state, following regulators’ move to require electric companies to get all of their energy from carbon-free sources by 2050. The House voted 31-28 on House Bill 2248 on Wednesday, with one member not voting.
Rose Law Group Co-Founder Court Rich is upbeat in AZCentral about EPCOR’s takeover of Johnson Utilities
(Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents landowners and homebuilders working with the ACC and ADEQ to solve water and sewer utility issues in the San Tan Valley area.) By Ryan Randazzo | Arizona Republic On Christmas Eve in 2007, a resident in a San Tan Valley neighborhood called the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to report a major problem: Raw sewage
Fossil fuel pollution causes one in five premature deaths globally; Rose Law Group Co-Founder Court Rich comments on the study.
By Matthew Green | Reuters LONDON (Reuters) – Pollution from fossil fuels causes one in five premature deaths globally, suggesting the health impacts of burning coal, oil and natural gas may be far higher than previously thought, according to a study published on Tuesday. Parts of China, India, Europe and the northeastern United States are among the hardest-hit areas, suffering
Rose Law Group Co-Founder, Court Rich, tells Utility Dive new legislation aimed at halting implementation of Arizona’s new clean energy rules will be bad for business.
By Herman Trabish | Utility Dive Controversial proposed Arizona legislation would impose limits on the authority of the state’s elected utility regulators and make their recent groundbreaking zero-emissions mandate unconstitutional. Senate Bill 1175 expresses longstanding concerns from some lawmakers regarding overreach by the elected Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC), stakeholders agreed. But those concerns were aggravated by the ACC’s November approval of
Done deal! EPCOR closes on Johnson Utilities! Rose Law Group Co-Founder Court Rich talks about it in AZCentral
(Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents landowners and homebuilders working with the ACC to find a utility solution in the Johnson Utilities service area.) By Ryan Randazzo | Arizona Republic EPCOR USA has acquired the troubled Johnson Utilities water and sewer company in the East Valley, ending a decades-long saga between the utility company and regulators that affected tens of thousands