W. Christopher Browder
Chief Legal Officer
W. Christopher “Chris” Browder is the Chief Legal Officer at Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC—The Reliable One), the 14th largest municipal utility in the United States. Mr. Browder is responsible for representing OUC in all legal matters affecting the organization’s operation, and he advises Commissioners and the General Manager/CEO on legal issues. His other responsibilities include oversees planning, organizing and managing operations of the Legal Department, providing strategic services for projects and proposals covering all areas of the organization, and keeping abreast of legal changes in federal, state and local regulations, and requirements and procedures related to OUC’s utility operations.
Mr. Browder also leads the OUC legislative team, standards compliance team, real estate team, environmental team, physical and information technology security teams and records custodian.
Formerly a member of the law firm Gray Robinson, Mr. Browder is a Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Rated Attorney with experience representing utilities, utility regulatory agencies, domestic and international industrial clients and local governments. Mr. Browder is Florida Bar Board Certified in city, county and local government law.
Mr. Browder earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Richmond’s T. C. Williams School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in microbiology and Master of Arts in urban and regional planning from the University of Florida.