Linda serves as Relationship Manager for a number of the firm's Client Teams where she is responsible for communications with clients regarding the quality, service and value Stevens & Lee provides. With over 18 years of experience as in-house counsel, Linda brings significant and practical experience to help clients achieve favorable results that are cost-effective and make a positive impact on their financial conditions.
Prior to joining Stevens & Lee, Linda served as long-time in-house counsel for FirstEnergy, the largest investor-owned utility in the nation. As FirstEnergy's Pennsylvania regulatory lawyer, Linda served as lead attorney on regulatory matters concerning Metropolitan Edison (Met-Ed), Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec) and Pennsylvania Power Company.
She represents public utilities and other companies in matters before governmental and regulatory agencies, including the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.
An experienced regulatory lawyer, she handles the following on behalf of utilities and major corporations:
- Rate cases
- Default service issues
- Smart grid cost recovery issues
- Smart meter communications plans
- Alternative energy portfolio standards issues
- Reliability concerns
- Inspection and maintenance matters
- Customer complaint cases
- Compliance issues
- Energy RFPs and auctions
- Tariff filings
Linda has leveraged her utility experience to assist large corporations with energy procurement and utility expense management resulting in significant financial savings.
A consultant on smart grid issues, Linda has educated utilities nationally and internationally on smart meter privacy and health concerns, as well as overall smart grid cost recovery methods. As the editor of the blog Smart Grid Legal News (www.smartgridlegalnews.com) Linda provides insight on regulatory smart grid cases on the state and federal levels. She was a participating member of the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), a national working group which advises regulatory agencies on national smart grid standards, and an active member of the Department of Energy (DOE) Smart Grid Customer Engagement Working Group.
Linda is a recipient of the 2010 Berks County Presidential Award of Merit for promoting diversity in the legal profession by teaching business law to grade school children.
University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1991
Northwestern University, B.S., 1988
Selected Speaking Engagements:
- "The Smart Grid: What It Means for You and Your Business," Gateway to Success Conference, Jackson, Mississippi, October 18, 2012
- "Smart Meter Best Practices: Public Relations and Managing Expectations," Webinar, EUCI, July 31, 2012
"Smart Meters and Current Regulatory Concerns," 35th Annual National Conference of Regulatory Attorneys, Indianapolis, Indiana, May 23, 2012
- Smart grid privacy issues, Smart Energy International 2011 Conference, San Francisco, Calif., October 24-26, 2011
"Smart Meters and Customer Concerns," Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Power Law 2011 Conference, October 13-14, 2011
"Smart Meters and PR Wars: Best Practices," Webinar, EUCI, May 12, 2011
Invited Participant: "Building Better Lawyers," Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, The Southern California Innovation Project, University of Southern California Gould School of Law, Stanford, California, May 2010
Administrative Law Judge Presentation, Public Utility Bench Bar Conference, May 11, 2010
"Who Else Is Under Fire? Ethical Issues and Liability for Non-General Counsel, In-House Counsel," co-presenter, Second Annual In-House Counsel Conference, Association of Corporate Counsel, Delaware Valley Chapter, May 6, 2010
"Electric Bill 101 and How to Shop for Electricity," Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce, March 2010
“Economic Opportunities for Minorities in the ‘Green’ Market,” 22nd Annual Pennsylvania Bar Association Minority Attorney Conference, Philadelphia, March 2010
Professional Associations/Civic Affiliations:
Corporate Counsel Women of Color®
Energy Association of Pennsylvania, Electric Regulatory Committee, Affiliate Member
American Association of Blacks in Energy
Energy Bar Association, Vice Chair of Demand-Side Resources & Smart Grid Committee
The Forum of Executive Women
Epsilon Sigma Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
National Bar Association
American Bar Association
Barrister's Association of Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Minority Bar Committee
Berks County Bar Association, Lawyers in the Classroom Volunteer
Glad Services, Board of Directors, Pro Bono Director