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Jennett Hill Plugs In as Citizens Energy Group GC
Pro bono veteran Jennett Hill has been named vice president and general counsel of Indianapolis-based Citizens Energy Group. Shell report to senior vice president and chief legal and compliance officer John Whitaker until his retirement at the end of the year.
Hill comes to Citizens from international firm Faegre Baker Daniels, where she advised clients on corporate governance, intellectual property, Internet law, and privacy matters. Hills legal practice catered to nonprofit and other tax-exempt organizations, and she received several awards for pro bono service during her 12 years at the firm.
Hill led Faegres partnership with Eli Lilly and Company to create a Street Law program, designed to introduce high school students to the workings of civil law. She also took charge of the firms participation in the Indiana Lawyers for Soldiers initiative, which offers free legal services to deployed Indiana National Guard members and their families.
The new GC first became plugged into Citizenss legal issues as an outside adviser from Faegre. She represented the organization, a public charitable trust that provides energy services to more than 266,000 customers, on a whole battery of legal issues. For the past eight years, Hill counseled Citizens on its community redevelopment efforts, which included providing the utility with legal advice on local economic development and neighborhood revitalization initiatives.
Before going into private practice, Hill spent more than a decade working for International Business Machines Corporation in non-legal capacities. She held a variety of roles with the technology company, including as systems engineer, systems design consultant, and regional manager.
Hill earned her J.D. from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and her bachelors degree from DePauw University.