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Linda Gillespie Stuntz Throughout her career, Linda Gillespie Stuntz’s forte has been shaping federal energy policy � from inside the government and out. With a client list that ranges from General Electric Energy to the Association for Oil Pipelines to Southern California Edison, she counsels a broad spectrum of energy companies on legislative and public policy issues. Stuntz, 50, served as deputy secretary of energy under the first President George Bush and as minority counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the 1980s. Today, as a founding partner of the five-lawyer D.C. firm Stuntz, Davis & Staffier, she says, “I’m interested in the interaction of regulation and public policy and business strategy � how regulations affect competitive positions and how well-meaning regulations frequently have adverse, unintended consequences.” Take her work on behalf of Shell Gas Transmission. In the mid-1990s, Shell began a new business to develop interstate pipeline and gas-gathering infrastructure to support exploration and production in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The problem, writes former Shell Gas President and CEO Douglas Krenz in an e-mail, was that the project “did not fit the traditional mold.” Krenz, now president of Enbridge Offshore Pipelines, which acquired Shell Gas in 2004, explains that the company urgently needed rapid regulatory approval for major new pipeline systems. Stuntz made it happen, and Krenz writes that he attributes “a large share of the business success in those early years to Linda’s skills in helping us clearly translate our business needs into the framework required to achieve expedited regulatory approvals and structure regulatory compliant, efficient customer business processes.” Stuntz is now working on another matter that stands to break new ground at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The Michigan-based International Transmission Co., the nation’s first fully independent, for-profit electric transmission business, plans to go public � uncharted waters for a transmission company. Her client’s pending public offering “raises some nice, first-of-a-kind regulatory issues,” says Stuntz. FERC’s goal, she notes, is to ensure that transmission remains independently managed “like a highway, so that everyone has access under the same terms and conditions.” Another client is the New York Power Authority, which turns to Stuntz for strategic advice. President Eugene Zeltmann praises her ability to “analyze difficult energy-related situations in an amazingly effective fashion.” Stuntz has also been lobbying Congress on the current energy bill. She represents the North American Electric Reliability Council, which wants to make sure that the legislation includes provisions for enforcement of bulk-power reliability standards. Stuntz graduated from Harvard Law School in 1979 and joined the D.C. office of Jones Day. She was put to work for the Marathon Oil Corp. in a case involving petroleum pricing controls. “I guess it was fate,” she says of her career path, adding that her father was a petroleum wholesaler. She didn’t stay at Jones Day long. In 1981, Stuntz says, she got wind of an opening on the House Energy Committee legal staff and applied. She worked for the committee until 1987, when she returned to Jones Day along with her former boss, Randall Davis. Then in 1989, Secretary of Energy James Watkins and Deputy Secretary W. Henson Moore recruited her for a senior policy position in the department. Stuntz rose to deputy secretary in 1992. “It was a fantastic series of jobs,” she says, “and a really great experience.” Highlights include working on the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 and the Energy Policy Act of 1992. Stuntz returned to private practice in 1993, joining Van Ness Feldman. But when the House of Representatives went Republican in 1995, Stuntz and her old colleague Davis, who was still at Jones Day, decided to strike out on their own. “It was a little scary at first,” she recalls. “You just don’t know � will the clients stay with you?” The move seems to have worked out well. “We’re comfortable with where we are,” Stuntz says. “We’re not set up to do big-time litigation and trials. But there’s a niche for a firm that knows the area the way we do.”

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