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Parker Poe Announces Energy Team Expansion

  • February 23, 2017

Charlotte, NC - Parker Poe Adams and Bernstein LLP, an east coast-based, corporate law firm announced today that partner J. Ashley Cooper is the new head of its Energy Industry Team, and an additional attorney, Jane Lewis-Raymond, has joined the growing practice group. 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.

Cooper leads a multi-disciplinary team dedicated to servicing the energy industry as they navigate regulatory, commercial, financial, tax, land use and environmental work. Resident in Parker Poe’s Charleston, South Carolina office since 2012, Cooper practices regulatory and commercial law with a focus on counseling regulated utilities and renewable energy developers. He advises on regulatory compliance issues and state and federal energy regulations. Prior to joining Parker Poe, Cooper served as Chief Compliance Officer and Assistant General Counsel for a Fortune 500 electric and gas utility. He also served as Legislative Director and Counsel to former U.S. Senator Ernest F. Hollings (D-SC), where he was the senior advisor on legislative, policy, and political matters, including all energy, judiciary and financial issues.

Lewis-Raymond joins the Charlotte office on March 6 as a partner with more than 25 years’ experience in energy and corporate law. Over the last decade she has served as the Senior Legal and Chief Compliance Officer at Piedmont Natural Gas Company, retiring as Senior Vice President and Chief Legal, Compliance, and External Relations Officer in October of 2016. In that capacity, Lewis-Raymond had oversight for all aspects of corporate and securities compliance and regulatory issues, focusing on natural gas and natural gas distribution companies and transmission pipeline infrastructure. She has represented natural gas distribution companies on both state and federal levels, and she offers counsel on federal regulatory issues including those implemented by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). Lewis-Raymond is a former member of the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission, appointed by former Govs. Bev Perdue and Pat McCrory. She is a frequent speaker on energy-related topics and has twice been championed with area “Most Influential Women” awards.

About Parker Poe

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP has approximately 200 lawyers in seven offices located in major markets across North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. The firm provides legal counsel to large commercial and public organizations on litigation, corporate and regulatory matters.

Parker Poe is a member of TerraLex, one of the world’s leading international legal networks. With 155 member law firms and 19,000 attorneys in 100 countries, TerraLex members provide the legal resources and expertise needed to conduct seamless business worldwide.