Suedeen Kelly, FERC commissioner. HANDOUT.
Suedeen Kelly, FERC commissioner. HANDOUT. ()

The rapid recruitment effort embarked on by Jenner & Block this year continued Friday as the firm brought on Suedeen Kelly, co-chair of the energy regulatory, markets and enforcement practice at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, as a partner in Washington, D.C.

Kelly, a former commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, is a prominent lawyer in the energy sector, where she focuses her practice on business, enforcement, litigation, policy and regulatory matters for clients in the electric and natural gas industries. Oil infrastructure, hydro-licensing and carbon emissions are some of the areas where Kelly has particular expertise.

She joined Akin Gump in November 2012 from Squire Patton Boggs predecessor Patton Boggs, where she served as co-chair of the firm’s public policy and regulatory department. Kelly joined Patton Boggs in April 2010, having served as a FERC commissioner from 2003 to 2009 during the presidential administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. (The FERC is a federal agency that regulates electric utilities and oil pipelines, hydroelectric projects and the natural gas industry.)

An Akin Gump spokesman said that Kelly is the only lawyer from the firm making the move to Jenner & Block. George “Chip” Cannon Jr., who co-chaired the energy regulatory group at Akin Gump with Kelly and made the move with her to the firm from Patton Boggs in 2012, will now be the sole head of the practice. Cynthia Marlette, a former FERC general counsel and Patton Boggs special counsel who also joined Akin Gump with Cannon and Kelly, left the firm in 2015 and is now retired.

Kelly did not immediately return a phone call requesting comment about her move to Jenner & Block, which saw its financial performance dip in 2016, but has been extraordinarily busy this year bringing in new talent.

The American Lawyer recently reported on the Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm’s addition of Brandon Fox, chief of the public corruption and civil rights section at the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles, as a partner. Jenner & Block also brought back former partner Ian Gershengorn from the U.S. solicitor general’s office and hired former Federal Communications Commission general counsel Howard Symons as a telecommunications partner in Washington, D.C., as noted by The National Law Journal.

In March, Jenner & Block launched an aviation and aerospace practice after hiring Crowell & Moring partner Marc Warren and two former top in-house lawyers at United Airlines Inc.

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