According to industry insiders, most energy companies are searching for seasoned lawyers who survived the 1970s energy crisis, the deregulation and subsequent consolidation of the 1980s and 1990s, and, most recently, the California energy crisis and corporate scandals like those involving Enron Corp.

Fortunately for personnel departments, most energy attorneys don’t stray far from the fold, making new talent easy to find. Of course this also means that when one GC moves, it ignites a chain reaction of departures and arrivals.