For 14 years, Paul served as Vice President and Counsel of Regulatory Programs for American Water Works Service Company, retiring in 2013. American Water is the largest investor owned provider of water and wastewater services in the United States. Mr. Foran coordinated regulatory compliance and facilitated rate relief in more than 17 states, as well as regulatory approvals for the largest acquisitions and divestitures of water and wastewater utilities in U. S. history.
Prior to American Water Works Company Paul served as a Commissioner of the Illinois Commerce Commission (“ICC”) from 1986 to 1993. During his tenure Paul chaired the Commission’s Electric, Telecommunications, Water, and Economic Development Policy Committees.
In addition to his service with the ICC, Paul served in a number of national leadership positions, including Chairman of the Water Committee and member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (“NARUC”), member of the Ad Hoc Committee on International Regulation, and Director of NARUC’S Eastern and Western utility Rate Schools. By appointment of the Administrator of the USEPA, Paul also served as a member of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council and a member of the USEPA Negotiated Rulemaking Committee of the Disinfection By-Products Rule. He was also a member of the Public Council on Water Supply Research of the American Water Works Research Foundation.
Prior to his appointment to the Commission, Paul founded the law firm of Doggett and Foran where he specialized in regulatory and administrative law. After his service on the Commission, Paul joined Lueders, Robertson and Konzen, where he represented clients before Illinois government agencies, state and federal courts and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In his career, Paul advised and represented utilities, large industrial customers, municipalities, government agencies and other clients in energy, water, telecommunications and transportation matters and he actively participated in state and national restructuring of the energy and telecommunications industries.
Paul has served as a lecturer and advisor to representatives of foreign governmental regulatory bodies of Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa with regard to regulation of essential public utility services. He also served on the Advisory Boards of the Institute for Public Utilities at Michigan State University and the Center for Public Utilities at New Mexico State University and has authored numerous publications and presentations on public utility policy and regulatory best practices. Paul is a graduate of the University of Illinois School of Law. Paul enjoys traveling and serving as a volunteer cook at a local soup kitchen.