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Sutherland Partner Dorothy B. Franzoni Appointed Chair of American Bar Association’s Electricity Committee

September 1, 2010

ATLANTA (September 1, 2010)Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP announces Partner Dorothy B. Franzoni has been appointed, effective September 1, 2010, as the Chair of the Electricity Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law (PUCAT).

“We are proud of Dorothy and celebrate this appointment," said Energy and Environmental Practice Group Leader Herbert J. Short, Jr. “Dorothy has played an integral role in our Energy and Environmental Practice and to our electric industry clients. Dorothy will provide the Electricity Committee with invaluable insight about the various issues facing businesses within the electric power industry."

The Electricity Committee reports to the section council on regulatory and other legal developments in the rapidly changing electric power industry. These include the initiatives of federal regulators and others to foster a competitive market for wholesale power, both state and federal actions that affect retail electricity markets and the mergers, joint ventures, and other business restructuring activity taking place in the industry. The Committee also monitors decisions that concern rates, hydroelectric licensing, and other current issues. The section initiates ABA programming and activities in these areas, as well as recommending policies to the ABA House of Delegates, the association’s policy-making body. 

PUCAT brings together members of the bar interested in the rapidly changing legal environment in the communications, cable TV, internet, electricity, gas, oil pipelines, aviation, motor carriers, railroads, and water industries. The third oldest Section in the ABA, the Section was established in 1917 when public interest demanded regulation of these fields. The Section currently has approximately 7,000 members.

Ms. Franzoni is a partner in Sutherland’s Energy and Environmental Practice Group and co-chair of Sutherland’s Renewable and Alternative Energy Team. She focuses her practice on commercial transactions, project development and finance transactions in the electric industry, including nuclear, coal, natural gas and renewable energy projects. She is a director and past-president of Genesis Shelter, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia, a transitional housing shelter for homeless infants and their families.

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a law firm with global reach known for solving challenging business problems and resolving sophisticated legal issues for many of the world’s largest companies. Founded in 1924, the firm handles matters throughout the United States and worldwide. Seven major practice areas—corporate, energy and environmental, financial services, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and tax—provide the framework for an extensive range of focus areas, allowing Sutherland attorneys to serve a diverse client base that ranges from small and medium-sized start-up businesses to a significant number of Fortune 100 companies.

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