Nate Zolik represents clients in highly regulated industries in their interactions with government. He counsels developers and utilities in the energy industry, and has represented energy companies, investors, municipalities, and customers on all aspects of public utility regulation, including in proceedings before state public utility commissions. Nate often acts as a strategist and adviser on emerging industry topics, including solar and wind development, the regulation of customer-sited infrastructure, and the public policy landscape facing developers, utilities, and their customers.
Nate also works with Wisconsin’s growing alcohol beverage industry, focusing on state and local permitting and licensing matters, and providing counsel on trade regulation, fair dealership law, and related trade practice disputes. He has developed key relationships with alcohol beverage regulatory staff in state and municipal government.
Nate also has a broad-based state regulatory practice, providing counsel on government procurement and related protests, ethics and lobbying law, and campaign finance regulation. He has extensive experience developing and drafting proposed legislation and administrative rules in highly regulated industry areas.
Nate has over a decade of experience in senior positions of Wisconsin government, including chief of staff at the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, and chief legal counsel to former Wisconsin governor Jim Doyle. He has served on numerous state boards, including as chairman of the governor’s Pardon Advisory Board and member of the state Claims Board, and he has testified on energy policy matters before the Wisconsin legislature and frequently presents to industry groups on public utility regulatory developments.
Nate began his legal career as a commercial litigation attorney at a large law firm in New York City. As a litigator, Nate helped clients on complex civil cases involving allegations of commercial and securities fraud, breach of contract, and mass tort. He has experience with depositions, civil discovery and pre-trial motion practice in New York state and federal courts.