endricks Law, P.C. and Sedgwick LLP have combined talents and resources with a strategic alliance for delivery of superior legal services to benefit major public utilities operating in California. Specifically, these law firms help utility clients meet California Public Utilities Commission General Order 156 requirements for LGBT supplier spending.

CPUC-Regulated Utilities Seek LGBT Supplier Diversity
With recent expansion of CPUC regulations requiring procurement from LGBT suppliers, covered utilities regulated by the CPUC now are required to publicly report specific goals and achievements for LGBT supplier spending. This represents an evolving statewide effort and policy pattern of extending the CPUC’s existing supplier diversity program to identifiable groups with histories of limited participation in utility contracting. The purpose of the amended law is to rectify past inequities by adding LGBT-owned businesses to covered utilities’ diverse supplier portfolios.

Strategic Alliance Fulfills Law and Goals
The unique Hendricks Law + Sedgwick strategic alliance fulfills both the letter and the spirit of this expanded law. Working together to deliver superior legal representation and services, Hendricks Law, a certified LGBT Business Enterprise law firm, and Sedgwick, a California-based international law firm, simultaneously provide a means for covered utilities to meet their required LGBT supplier diversity goals.

John T. Hendricks, the founder of Hendricks Law, and John F. Stephens, head of Sedgwick’s Cybersecurity & Privacy Practice Group, are the liaison partners for the Hendricks Law + Sedgwick strategic alliance. They serve as clients’ contact points across all practice areas and ensure that contracted legal needs are fulfilled. Interested public utility clients should contact Mr. Hendricks or Mr. Stephens directly.

Hendricks Law, the Tier 1 Supplier in this strategic alliance, is a boutique business litigation law firm that was established in San Francisco in 2009. The firm is certified as an LGBT Business Enterprise and is registered with the CPUC’s third-party Supplier Clearinghouse. Hendricks Law is one of only a small number of certified LGBT Business Enterprise law firms operating in California. Hendricks Law handles both litigation and transactional matters, emphasizing the practice areas of employment, business and real estate. Its lawyers have advocated for clients in traditional and high-technology industries, as well as investor-owned utilities. Hendricks Law is proud to collaborate with Sedgwick, a true ally of the LGBT legal community.   

Sedgwick, the Tier 2 Supplier in this strategic alliance, is an international litigation and business law firm that provides counseling, transactional, litigation, trial and appellate legal services to leading companies. Founded in 1933 as a three-person firm in San Francisco, Sedgwick now has 14 offices around the globe. Sedgwick’s primary areas of practice include: business and commercial, class action, construction, corporate, cybersecurity, employment, environmental and real estate. The firm serves investor-owned utilities extensively. A longtime supporter of LGBT diversity, equality and inclusion, Sedgwick steadfastly promotes Hendricks Law, a leading example of a capable, diverse supplier.