Charles L. Best
Professional Biography
Charles L. Best
Attorney at Law

Work History:

Present - Attorney in Private Practice

2007 - Vice President Government Affairs for Integra Telecom.

Responsible for all state, federal regulatory and legislative matters for Integra. Managed purchase of Eschelon.

2002--2006 -- Vice President Administration and Legal Affairs for Electric Lightwave, LLC (ELI).

Responsible for Legal Department and Administrative functions of ELI including HR, Purchasing and Government Affairs. Reduced workforce and expenses to aid ELI survival during telecom industry downturn. Subsequently asked to take on legal function for Citizens Communications in the Western U.S. Assisted in internal investigation of Citizens Communications related to an inquiry by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Member of Citizens Communications SEC Disclosure Committee. Helped manage sale of ELI to Integra Telecom in 2006.

Awarded Citizens Communications "Council of Leaders Award" in 2004 for work restructuring ELI's Capital Leases resulting in $60+ million in savings.

2000-2002 -- Vice President and General Counsel for ELI.

Responsible for all legal services for organization including review of SEC filings. Reduced legal headcount by more than 50% and outside counsel expense by 80%.

1994--2000 -- Attorney in Private Practice

Represented telecommunications, energy firms and individuals in practice specializing in administrative law, litigation, juvenile matters and regulated industries. One of the lead state regulatory attorneys in the acquisition of Portland General by Enron.

1985--1994 -- Attorney/Chief Counsel U S WEST Communications -- Oregon.

Department head and attorney responsible for regulatory, rate cases, litigation, and all other legal services for Pacific Northwest Bell and then U S WEST Communications in Oregon.

1978--1985 -- Multnomah County (Portland, Oregon) District Attorney's Office

Deputy District Attorney/Senior Deputy District Attorney --- Felony Trial Team Captain managing other senior lawyers. Trial attorney for major criminal cases including homicides. Tried over 100 cases.

Other Related Experience/Information

  • Bar Counsel for the Oregon State Bar - Prosecutor for the Bar in ethics cases - 1983 to Present
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rating
  • National Security Clearance - Top Secret
  • Bar Memberships: Oregon, Washington, Colorado, U.S. District Court
  • Education: Willamette University ---- BA Economics; Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society
  • Willamette University College of Law ---- JD

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