Noel Symons, 45, last week joined McGuireWoods' Washington office as a partner, becoming the third recent hire for the firm’s federal energy regulatory practice.
At the beginning of April, Todd Mullins, formerly branch chief in the Investigations Division of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, joined the firm’s Washington office, and Frank Schiller, a former general counsel to Progress Energy Inc., joined the firm’s Raleigh, North Carolina branch.
"I’ve been contacted by a lot of law firms and McGuireWoods is the first one committed to building a full-blown FERC practice and directing the resources necessary to take on the big and small cases our clients need," said Symons, who had been counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
Symons, whose client base includes Duke Energy Corp. and the CLECO Corp., said his focus is advising energy companies on their market designs.
"The role and importance of federal regulation and regional markets continues to expand for our clients," said Jim Kerr, co-chair of the firm's energy and climate change team, in a news release. "Noel's arrival significantly strengthens our energy regulatory team and allows us to better represent clients in these matters."