Parker Poe Adams and Bernstein partner J. Ashley Cooper is the new head of its Energy Industry Team, and two additional attorneys, Jane Lewis-Raymond and Matt Morais, have joined the firm.
The Energy Group, consisting of more than 30 attorneys from across the firm's offices, counsels a broad base of regional and national clients including electric and gas public utilities, renewable energy developers, energy services companies, and engineering and construction companies.
"We are purposefully expanding our energy industry team by hiring these two key attorneys who have extensive regulatory knowledge with gas, gas pipeline and organized electric markets," Cooper said. "Combining their experience with our firms growing list of former in-house attorneys increases our bench strength and enhances our ability to partner with in-house counsel to provide efficient and effective service."
Lewis-Raymond joins the Charlotte office as a partner with more than 25 years of experience in energy and corporate law.
Morais joins the Charleston office with nearly 20 years of experience in energy law. Morais has advised clients on federal and state regulatory and policy matters and North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) requirements.
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