Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, PLLC (Brunini) announced that George O’Connor, former trial attorney with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and former Vice President for Entergy Corporation, is joining the law firm. O’Connor will bring his extensive energy and regulatory experience to Brunini’s Washington, D.C. office.
“George knows Washington, energy litigation and federal energy policy,” said Brunini’s Curt Hebert, Jr who is former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman. “Our country’s energy revolution is powering the American manufacturing renaissance. George, with his extensive FERC experience, including his leadership role on the drafting and passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, as well as his corporate and private legal practice background, is the right person to assist our clients in taking advantage of that revolution. George has the objective experience to see clients’ needs through many prisms and we are delighted George has chosen to join Brunini.”
O’Connor served as an advisor to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Charles A. Trabandt from 1985-1993 prior to working in FERC’s Office of General Counsel. George’s experience includes regulatory practice, FERC and Senate staff leadership and he has a proven record of working with Congress and at the FERC. From March 2008-November 2010, he was hired by Entergy Corporation as Vice President of Federal Governmental Affairs.
Brunini’s Energy Practice is regarded as a premier regulatory practice. In rating Brunini as a Band 1 Firm, Chambers USA 2012 Client’s Guide notes: “[The Firm] has a wealth of experience in energy regulation and litigation. Over the years, the team has undertaken a number of large projects throughout the South, providing a full range of services, including regulation, permitting, financing, real estate and contract advice.”