Morgan Lewis & Bockius announced Jan. 11 that Karen D. Cyr, one of the longest-serving general counsel in the history of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, has joined the firm’s energy practice as a senior counsel. An attorney at the NRC for three decades, Cyr was the top lawyer from 1994 until her retirement in 2009. In that role, she advised the commission on all matters of law and legal policy, and she represented the commission before other government agencies, Congress and foreign governments.
Prior to becoming general counsel, Cyr served as legal adviser to the NRC’s chief operating officer, the commissioners and to the commission’s chairman. Cyr also received the Presidential Distinguished and Meritorious Rank awards and the NRC Distinguished Service Award.
Stevens & Lee announced Jan. 11 that Linda R. Evers joined the firm’s energy, regulatory and public utility practice as a shareholder.
Prior to joining the firm, Evers served as long-time counsel for FirstEnergy Service Company, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corporation, the fifth largest investor-owned utility company in the nation.
As FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania regulatory lawyer, Evers served as lead attorney on regulatory matters concerning Metropolitan Edison (Met-Ed), Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec) and Pennsylvania Power Company, one of the first electric distribution companies to comply with the commonwealth’s alternative energy standards.
Sucampo Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced the appointment of Thomas J. Knapp as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, a newly created position, effective Feb. 19. Knapp is responsible for all in-house and outside legal activities for Sucampo, including governance and compliance activities, contract administration and records retention.
Knapp has over 20 years of corporate and large legal firm experience with regulated industries. Prior to joining Sucampo, Knapp was vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at NorthWestern Corporation in Washington, D.C., a publicly owned utility, during that company’s restructuring. Prior to joining NorthWestern, Knapp held senior in-house attorney positions at The Boeing Company and the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway Company, and was of counsel at Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker.
He earned a B.A. from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign and his J.D. from Loyola University School of Law in Chicago.
Sunoco Inc. announced Feb. 17 that its board of directors has elected Stacy L. Fox as senior vice president and general counsel, effective March 1. Michael S. Kuritzkes, who served as general counsel since 2000, has elected to pursue other interests.
A seasoned corporate lawyer with more than 25 years experience in business, Fox joins Sunoco most recently from the Roxbury Group, a Detroit-based real estate development and legal consulting firm, where she was founder and principal. From 2005 to 2008, Fox served as executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel for Collins & Aikman Corporation, a leading supplier of automotive interior systems.
American Water Works Company Inc., the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company, has named Kellye L. Walker its senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. Effective Jan. 6, Walker replaced George Patrick, who retired after serving the company for more than a decade.
Walker most recently served as senior vice president and general counsel at Diageo North America Inc., which is part of the multinational Diageo Plc, a NYSE- and LSE-listed company with revenues of $20 billion. Her responsibilities included corporate and commercial legal matters such as mergers and acquisitions, human resources and labor relations, procurement and regulatory compliance.
Walker also served as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at BJ’s Wholesale Club Inc., where she designed an enterprise-wide compliance program shortly after the enactment of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Prior to joining BJ’s, Walker was a partner with the law firm of Hill & Barlow in Boston, Mass.
PPG Industries announced March 2 that James C. Diggs, PPG senior vice president and general counsel, and a member of the company’s executive committee, will retire effective July 1. He has served as PPG’s chief legal officer for 13 years and has led the environmental, health and safety and government affairs functions. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Diggs joined PPG in 1997 after having served as vice president and assistant general counsel of TRW Inc., and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Cleveland. Diggs earned his undergraduate and J.D. degrees from Case Western Reserve University.
PPG has not announced a successor.
The Delaware Valley chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (DELVACCA) nstalled its new 2010 board of directors at a holiday luncheon at The Union League of Philadelphia on Dec. 17. They included:
President – N. Alexander Erlam
1st Vice President – Thomas M. Molchan
2nd Vice President – Grace P. Manno
Treasurer – Eric A. Tilles
Secretary – Michael A. Duff
Immediate Past President – Todd A. Borow
New members of the board of directors include: James D. Cashel, Environmental Tectonics Corp.; Neil D. Falis, Towers Perrin; Marilyn Heffley, Sunoco Inc.; Roy W. Hibberd, Dollar Financial Corp.; Jannie K. Lau, InterDigital Inc.; Todd L. Mayover, Pfizer Inc.; Alexander H. Plache, Saint-Gobain Corp.; Kevin D. Stepanuk, PECO.
DELVACCA will hold a New to In-House Symposium on March 24 from 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. The event begins with registration and breakfast from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. Sessions will include:
• “The Legal Hurdles of Building Brand Awareness,” featuring a panel of speakers reviewing the associated legal challenges of brand-building, including trademark clearance, registration, and enforcement issues. 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
• “Current Ethics Issues for In-House Counsel,” featuring a panel discussing current ethics issues presented by e-discovery, including obligations involving preservation, production, spoliation and sanctions. 9:40 to 10:40 a.m.
• “50-Minute Update: How In-House Counsel Must Prepare for Today’s Department of Labor,” an interactive overview discussion of wage and hour enforcement and independent contractor issues, EEOC compliance issues, and leave laws. 10:50 to 11:50 a.m.
• “Allocation of Risk in Contracts: How to Get the Deal Done Without Putting the Company at Risk,” a discussion on the factors in-house counsel must consider inside and outside of the four corners of the document. 12 noon to 1 p.m.
To register, visit www.delvacca.acc.com and click on the red “Register Now” button. Note: Proper business attire is required at The Union League
There is no cost to attend for DELVACCA members. The cost is $100 for non-member in-house counsel and $300 for non-member outside counsel.
To see more upcoming DELVACCA events, visit www.delvacca.acc.com.
The Western Pennsylvania chapter of the ACC will hold a CLE course on Mergers and Acquisitions: The International Deal, on April 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fairmont Hotel, 510 Market St., Pittsburgh. The event, sponsored by Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl, includes one hour of substantive CLE credit. To register, contact Barbara Dudek at 412-366-2686 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost for chapter members is $15, and for non-members it is $20. •