Cozen O'Connor Adds 3 Dewey & LeBoeuf Attorneys, Including Energy Partner Michael D. Klein

Cozen O'Connor Adds 3 Dewey & LeBoeuf Attorneys, Including Energy Partner Michael D. Klein

PHILADELPHIA -- Cozen O'Connor announced that Michael D. Klein will join the firm's energy, environmental & public utility practice group, splitting his time between the firm's Washington, DC and Harrisburg, Pa., offices. He joins from Dewey & LeBoeuf where he was a partner and practiced for more than 20 years. Also joining the energy, environmental & public utility practice group are former Dewey & LeBoeuf associates Ahren S. Tyron, who will join the firm as a Member, and Joshua L. Belcher who will join as an associate.

"Michael, Ahren and Joshua bring significant experience with renewable energy development projects, the rights of natural gas owners and producers, especially in the Marcellus Shale area of Pennsylvania, and major wind projects," said Cozen O'Connor President and Executive Partner Michael Heller. "In addition, Michael's knowledge as a former general counsel to one of the nation's largest water suppliers and outside counsel to the National Association of Water Companies-PA Chapter gives him unparalleled national expertise in the water industry. We are thrilled to welcome these attorneys to grow our practice in such developing and critical areas of law."

"Cozen O'Connor has an excellent reputation and robust energy and environment practices in all of the key geographies like Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington, D.C., that are important to my client base in the natural gas, wind and water sectors," said Klein. "Joining this rapidly growing firm is a great opportunity to expand my reach and provide top-level service for my clients."

Michael Klein has extensive experience in the areas of utility and environmental law, eminent domain, finance and construction law. He represents utilities, municipalities and corporations, and handles an array of drinking-water, sanitary-sewer and water-rights cases. He is legal counsel to chapters of several U.S. and international associations of public water suppliers, and formerly served as general counsel to water companies in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. Klein represents clients in litigation, mergers, acquisitions, and public and private financings. He is also active in representing public and private owners in the siting and permitting of drinking-water, wastewater, wind-power, natural gas, oil and solid-waste disposal facilities.

Klein earned his undergraduate degree from Kings College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1973) and his law degree from the Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University (J.D., 1976).

Ahren Tryon combines complementary skills in energy, environmental and transportation law to provide a range of services to energy industry clients. He has advised clients in mergers and acquisitions, licensing proceedings, and judicial and administrative litigation matters. Additionally, he has represented clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Surface Transportation Board (STB) and federal courts. As a law clerk for FERC, Tryon gained first-hand knowledge of the energy issues facing both government agencies and private industries. He expanded on his experience as a presiding official and as the counsel to the Western Region, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration in the Department of Transportation. He also served as a member of the White House Task Force for Energy Project Streamlining. In addition to his work in the energy practice area, Tryon has built upon his government experience in environmental law, including National Environmental Policy Act compliance and matters before the Council on Environmental Quality.

Tryon earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota (B.S., 1999) and his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 2002).

Joshua Belcher advises clients on all aspects of federal and state environmental law, as well as emergent climate change-related issues and the potential regulation of greenhouse gases. He maintains a broad-based practice that includes compliance counseling, transactional due diligence, and litigation and enforcement matters. Belcher's clients are drawn primarily from the energy and manufacturing industries, but he also advises water utilities and municipal authorities on various transactional and administrative law matters. He has additional experience with legacy contamination issues under CERCLA and RCRA in the contexts of bankruptcy claims and brownfields redevelopment.

Belcher earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas (B.A., 2002), his master's degree in environmental law from the Vermont Law School (M.S., magna cum laude, 2008) as well as his law degree (J.D., cum laude, 2008).

Established in 1970 and ranked among the 100 largest law firms in the United States, Cozen O'Connor has 575 attorneys who help clients manage risk and make better business decisions. The firm counsels clients on their most sophisticated legal matters in all areas of the law, including litigation, corporate, and regulatory law. Representing a broad array of leading global corporations and ambitious middle market companies, Cozen O'Connor serves its clients' needs through 21 offices across two continents.

April 17, 2012 08:57 AM Eastern Daylight Time

Hunton & Williams LLP Adds Six Partners To Global Energy Practice

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hunton & Williams LLP continues its focused expansion in its key practice areas adding six partners to its global energy and infrastructure practice from Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP. Bud Ellis, formerly co-head of Dewey's utilities, power and pipelines industry group, Kevin C. Felz, Michael F. Fitzpatrick Jr., Steven C. Friend, Steve R. Loeshelle, and Peter K. O'Brien represent companies and investment banks in the power and utility industries, with a particular focus on public and private capital markets transactions.

"We are excited to be joining an outstanding firm like Hunton & Williams, and we believe our capital markets and infrastructure and project finance practice is a great addition to the existing practice at the firm"

In addition to their capital markets representations, the new partners have advised various power companies and infrastructure funds in the acquisition and divestiture of both domestic and international assets, as well as dedicated utility rate securitizations, synthetic leases, and project financings in various jurisdictions. The group will be based in New York and deepens and complements Hunton & Williams' existing energy-related practices.

"This team of lawyers is well known to us. They are leading lawyers in the power and utility capital markets, and their strong issuer and underwriter experience in these industries adds further depth to our established global practice. We are delighted to welcome them to Hunton & Williams," said Jeff Schroeder, co-head of the firm's energy and infrastructure team.

"We are excited to be joining an outstanding firm like Hunton & Williams, and we believe our capital markets and infrastructure and project finance practice is a great addition to the existing practice at the firm," added Bud Ellis, who will lead the energy capital markets practice in New York.

The Hunton & Williams energy practice has more than 150 lawyers dedicated to advising clients on a broad range of energy and infrastructure matters, including financing, project development, asset and company acquisitions and dispositions, energy regulatory and environmental issues, corporate transactions and financial restructuring.

Hunton & Williams LLP provides legal services to corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals, as well as to a broad array of other entities. Since our establishment more than a century ago, Hunton & Williams has grown to more than 800 lawyers serving clients in 100 countries from 19 offices around the world. While our practice has a strong industry focus on energy, financial services and life sciences, the depth and breadth of our experience extends to more than 100 separate practice areas, including bankruptcy and creditors' rights, commercial litigation, corporate transactions and securities law, intellectual property, international and government relations, regulatory law, products liability, and privacy and information management. For additional information visit our website at www.hunton.com.

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