Court S. Rich

Court S. Rich

Co-Founder, Senior Partner, and Director Renewable Energy and Regulatory Law Departments

Court Rich is Co-Founder of Rose Law Group and is Director of the firm’s Regulatory and Renewable Energy Department. Court practices in the areas of renewable energy, utilities, 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 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 siting, 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 was recently appointed by the Mayor and Council to sit on the City of Phoenix’s ad hoc committee on electric vehicle issues. 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 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

Court Rich, Rose Law Group co-founder and renewable energy department director, talks to The Republic about Arizona regulators cutting grid access charge for solar

(Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents the Solar Energy Industries Association.) By Ryan Randazzo | Arizona Republic Arizona utility regulators on Wednesday continued to punish Arizona Public Service Co. with a series of decisions that cut further into the company’s profitability and ability to charge customers for things like a coal plant and for having solar on their roofs. All told,

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Corporation Commission slashes APS’ profits, ‘unthinkable’ a few years ago says Court Rich, Rose Law Group co-founder, senior partner, & director renewable energy and regulatory law departments

The APS Red Rock Solar Facility By Ryan Randazzo | Arizona Republic Utility regulators approved a substantial reduction in Arizona Public Service Co.’s profitability on Wednesday, but delayed decisions on two other major elements of the utility’s latest request to raise rates. The cut in the APS “return on equity,” the profit the regulated utility is allowed to earn, and other

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Disappearing City Limits: A Look at Pinal County; Moderated by Court Rich, Rose Law Group co-founder

By Madelaine Braggs | Rose Law Group Reporter  Arizona’s homebuilding and development industry packed into the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Friday for the 12th annual highly anticipated AZ Dealmakers conference, presented by Zonda. It was an opportunity to catch up on latest development strategies and deals that are pioneering a new landscape. Among industry experts in the lineup, was Rose Law Group

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Court Rich, Rose Law Group co-founder and renewable energy department director, tapped to join Phoenix ad-hoc committee

By Melissa Rosequist | Scottsdale Independent Prominent Scottsdale attorney Court Rich has been selected to join city of Phoenix’s electric vehicle ad-hoc committee. The committee’s goal is to evaluate and develop recommendations to Phoenix City Council that will create conditions necessary to transition to electric vehicle use. READ ON: “My vision is to be able to help Phoenix be a national

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Power grab: Company that promises 100% renewable energy wants to challenge APS, Tucson Electric; Court Rich, co-founder of Rose Law Group, comments

(Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Green Mountain Energy Co.) By Ryan Randazzo | Arizona Republic An electric company that provides 100% renewable energy wants to compete head to head with Arizona Public Service Co. and Tucson Electric Power, giving customers a choice in whom they pay for electricity. Green Mountain Energy Co. is a subsidiary of Princeton, New Jersey-based NRG

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Rose Law Group ranks Top 10 Workplaces in Arizona by AZ Central!

Rose Law Group was recognized in the Top Workplaces 2021 list by the Arizona Republic and Energage. Arizona’s largest woman-led law firm in Arizona history was ranked 6th out over 100 elite small businesses in the state. The ranking were based on thousands of anonymous employee surveys. Questioned measured 15 unique culture drivers, including alignment, execution and connection to culture. Congratulations to this amazing

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