April 02, 2019

Jenner & Block is pleased to announce that a team of eight leading energy lawyers has joined its nationally recognized Energy Practice, providing the group with additional strength in electric, gas and water utilities experience as well as significant state regulatory and litigation capabilities.  The team, which includes former regulators and a former energy company vice president, is comprised of four partners, two associates and two counsel, all of whom will be based in the firm’s Chicago office. 

The team includes Partners Michael Guerra, Anne W. Mitchell, E. Glenn Rippie and John E. Rooney; Associates Hanna M. Conger and Marjorie R. Kennedy; Of Counsel Carmen L. Fosco and Special Counsel Maris J. Jager.  Chambers USA has ranked their practice in Band 1 in Illinois for Energy & Natural Resources since 2011.  The announcement of the team joining Jenner & Block was covered by Law360.

“Since its formal launch in 2017 with the addition of former FERC Commissioner Suedeen Kelly and General Counsel Max Minzner, our Energy Practice has grown its reach and reputation as a go-to team of lawyers,” said firm Chair Craig C. Martin.  “Adding these established practitioners builds on our reputation and allows us to immediately expand our offerings to clients.”

Jenner & Block’s Energy Practice, which was named a Law360 2018 Practice Group of the Year, is known for its cutting-edge strategic guidance, nationally recognized litigation track record, public policy advocacy and deep transactional experience.  The group has a unique diversity of knowledge and experience from which they draw upon to assist clients with their most significant matters. 

“Our Energy Practice goal has been to create a destination practice for our clients and we continue to demonstrate that capability by adding a respected team with significant industry experience,” said Randy  Mehrberg, co-chair of the practice with Suedeen Kelly, who was recently recognized as one of Law360’s10 “Influential Women in Energy Law.”  Mr. Mehrberg rejoined Jenner & Block in March 2016 following nearly 15 years of combined service as Executive Vice President at both Exelon and Public Service Enterprise Group.  “This team is a very strong strategic fit with our practice – our Jenner & Block team has successfully worked with its members on common client matters for two decades,” he said.

Before joining Jenner & Block, the team worked together at a Chicago-based energy law firm. 

In addition to Ms. Kelly, Mr. Mehrberg and Mr. Minzner, they join long-time firm partners David W. DeBruin, a former US Supreme Court clerk for Justice John Paul Stevens who provides extensive first-chair trial experience and deep proficiency in commercial and appellate litigation in the energy industry, and Matthew E. Price, a former US Supreme Court clerk for Justice Stephen Breyer who is recognized nationally as a Law360 2018 Energy MVP.

“I speak for our entire team in saying that we are excited about the opportunity to join Jenner & Block, allowing us to take our experience and skills and immediately add value to a top-tier growing practice, serve common and new clients and be part of a recognized culture of excellence, diversity, inclusiveness and pro bono commitment,” said Mr. Rooney.