Raymond L. Gifford

Raymond L. Gifford

Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

Recognized since 2013

Denver, Colorado

Practice Areas

Communications Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Communications Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Communications Law
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Raymond L. Gifford counsels communications, electric and gas utilities, and information technology companies on state and federal aspects of regulation, administrative law, and competition policy. He is an expert in public utilities law, and the law and economics of regulation of network industries. He represents clients in state and federal courts and agencies, and serves as an expert witness on utility regulation and its history. Mr. Gifford’s law and policy work focuses on the convergence of broadband communications and energy, as well as competition and environmental policy as it applies to communications and electricity markets.

Mr. Gifford served as President of The Progress & Freedom Foundation, a non-profit think-tank that studies the digital revolution as it relates to regulation of network industries. Before that, he served as Chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. Mr. Gifford began his regulatory career as First Assistant Attorney General for Regulatory Law in the Colorado Attorney General’s office. He clerked for the Honorable Richard P. Matsch of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. Mr. Gifford has authored a number of articles on communications law, public utility regulation and competition policy in network industries.

Contact & Links


  • 2138 West 32nd Avenue, Suite 300
    Denver, CO 80202


  • St. John's College, BA, graduated 1989
  • University of Chicago , JD, graduated 1992

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico, 2018
  • Wyoming, 2017
  • Colorado, 1992


  • Federalist Society’s Telecommunications Practice Group - Former Chairman
  • University of Colorado Law School - Adjunct Faculty
  • Federal Communications Bar Association - Co-Chair, Rocky Mountain Chapter
  • Institute for Regulatory Law and Economics - Co-Director
  • Silicon Flatirons Center for Law and Entrepreneurship - Senior Adjunct Fellow and Chairman

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court for Colorado - 1992
  • U.S. District Court for Nebraska
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit - 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Communications Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Communications Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Communications Law, Denver (2020)
  • Communications Law, Denver (2013)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Communications Law

Special Focus

  • Telecommunications


  • Best Lawyers, Denver Communications Lawyer of the Year, 2013
  • Featured Attorney, Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory (Legal 500, 2011)
  • Elected Member, American Law Institute
  • Best Lawyers in America in Communications Law, 2013-2017
  • Colorado Super Lawyer - 2015-2017

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