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Charles T. Autry
Charles Autry

Charles T. Autry

Attorney

Northeast Atlanta Office (Tucker)

2100 East Exchange Place
Suite 210
Tucker, GA 30084

Born in Stone Mountain, Georgia, Charles began his legal career as a Captain in U.S. Marine Corp in the Judge Advocate Division. Since 1979, Charles’ practice focuses primarily on the representation of Electric Membership Corporations and related entities in corporate and power supply related matters.  He has extensive experience in the negotiating and drafting complex power supply, natural gas, and construction contracts and in corporate and financial matters involving electric cooperatives and gas utilities.

In addition to his state bar membership, Charles is a member of the Electric Cooperative Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Georgia Electric Membership Corporation.  He is has served as chairman of the Georgia Electric Membership Corporation Counsel Association and currently serves as its treasurer.

In his free time, Charles enjoys reading, watching college football, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Practice Areas
  • Cooperative Law
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Energy Law
Education
  • M.B.A., Georgia State University, 1987
  • L.L.M., Emory University, School of Law, 1981
  • J.D., Alabama University, School of Law, 1974
  • B.A., University of Georgia, 1970
Admissions
  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • District of Columbia
Representative Matters
  • Negotiating automated meter system purchase and licensing agreements on behalf of electric distribution cooperatives
  • Negotiating and drafting various fiber optic agreements, including swap, construction, IRU, and lease agreements
  • Negotiating and drafting colocation agreements with various providers
  • Assisting with conversion of large member organization (over 100,000 members) to a hybrid corporation/cooperative structure
  • Negotiating and drafting power purchase agreements, ground leases, and interconnection agreements for various solar projects
  • Assisting with procurement/upgrade of SCADA systems, including negotiating purchase and licensing agreements
  • Various worker cooperative conversions
  • Assisting cooperatives with private stock offerings and related securities matters
  • Providing guidance regarding NERC requirements, including cybersecurity requirements
  • Assisting land owners with negotiating solar ground leases with developers and utilities
  • Representing distribution cooperative with purchase of power plants from a power marketer
  • Obtaining trademarks and entering into trademark agreements for an international equipment supplier
Publications

Co-author, the book The Law of Cooperatives, American Bar Association’s Business Law Section (2009).

“The Advantages of the Cooperative Model for Broadband Services,” Cooperative Business Journal, July/August 2009.

“Mediation: Effective Resolution of Contract Disputes,” NRECA Management Quarterly, Fall 2005.

“Natural Gas Deregulation in Georgia: A Market in Transition,” 8 Ga. Bar Journal 19 (Dec. 2002).

“Liability of G&T and Distribution Cooperative Officers, Directors and Managers under Environmental Laws,” NRECA Management Quarterly, Summer 1997.

Affiliations

Alabama State Bar

Atlanta Bar Association

American Bar Association

Electric Cooperative Bar Association

Georgia Electric Membership Corporation Counsel Association

State Bar of Georgia