McGuireWoods and McGuireWoods Consulting have each picked up a new hire for their Washington energy and climate change practices.
Cameron Prell, formerly of Williams Mullen, is now a senior counsel with the law firm's energy and climate change industry team. Brian Vanderbloemen, the former director of federal government affairs for Duke Energy and a former aide to Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) is now a vice president of federal public affairs with the consulting group. Both will concentrate on energy and energy policy, regulation and climate change.
The new hires "address the needs of our clients in an environment with an increased focus on energy and energy regulation," said L.F. Payne, the president of McGuireWoods Consulting.
Prell said a key factor in his decision to join the firm was that "McGuireWoods made it quite clear to me when they first approached me about this that they were building out their energy and climate practice," which presented him with a "terrific opportunity.” Vanderbloemen was not immediately available for comment.
The hires are the latest in McGuireWoods' push to add energy expertise. The firm said it has hired four attorneys and three consultants so far this year, including Prell and Vanderbloemen. Read an earlier BLT post about McGuireWoods hires here.