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J. Peter Lark

Commissioner (Chair 2003-2007)

J. Peter Lark was appointed to serve as Chair of the Michigan Public Service Commission by Governor Jennifer Granholm on August 4, 2003. He resigned from his term on July 13, 2007.

Mr. Lark most recently served as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Special Litigation Division of the Michigan Attorney General's office where he served since 1979. The Special Litigation Division advocated on behalf of the Attorney General before the Michigan Public Service Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, and federal and state trial and appellate courts. Mr. Lark headed the Special Litigation Division under three Attorneys General. While at the Attorney General he has served on the Litigation Advisory Board and the Opinion Review Board. He has tried cases in the federal and Michigan courts, and has argued numerous cases in the state and federal appellate courts, including the Michigan Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals.

In 2003, Mr. Lark was appointed by Governor Granholm to serve on both the Electric System Working Group and the Nuclear Working Group for the Joint United States - Canada Energy Task Force established by President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Jean Chrétien to investigate the causes of the August 2003 blackout. Lark also serves on the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues.

He has been an adjunct professor at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School teaching advocacy, trial workshop, and advanced trial workshop.

Before joining the Attorney General's Office, he served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Wayne County, Michigan.

Lark received a law degree from Western New England College School of Law in 1976, and earned an undergraduate degree, with honors, from Boston College in 1973.