Former FirstEnergy Counsel Linda R. Evers Joins Stevens & Lee

READING, PA, January 11, 2010 – Stevens & Lee announced today that Linda R. Evers has joined the firm’s Energy, Regulatory and Public Utility practice as a Shareholder. She will reside in the Firm’s Reading office.

With over 16 years of experience as in-house counsel at major electric utilities, Ms. Evers brings significant and practical experience to bear in assisting clients to achieve favorable results that are cost-effective and make a positive impact on their financial conditions.

“We couldn’t be more pleased that Linda has chosen to join us,” said Ernie Choquette, President, Stevens & Lee. “Her many years of valuable experience in the electric utility industry will enhance our practice and better assist us in providing our energy and utility clients with a full range of industry-focused legal services.”

“In addition, her unique experience and insight gained from a career as in-house counsel will assist us in partnering with our clients to deliver the services they need to meet both their strategic and budgetary objectives,” said Mr. Choquette.

Prior to joining Stevens & Lee, Ms. 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, Ms. 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.

Ms. Evers was an active participant in the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards rulemaking process and spearheaded Met-Ed and Penelec’s Competitive Transition Charge Compliance filing that resulted in a significant increase in earnings.

In addition, Ms. Evers recently filed and obtained the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s approval of Met-Ed and Penelec’s Default Service Programs through a settlement with multiple intervenors. These programs determine how Met-Ed and Penelec will supply power to their customers in 2011 when rate caps expire.

While in-house, Ms. Evers was an active member of the Electric Regulatory Committee of the Energy Association of Pennsylvania and Corporate Counsel Women of Color®, an organization of women attorneys of color who serve as in-house legal counsel for corporations in the U.S. and around the world.

She is a member of the Minority Bar Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Berks County Bar Association, where she is a “Lawyers in the Classroom” volunteer. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Glad Services and coordinates its pro bono program, and volunteered in “Get Help Now,” a state-sponsored program that paired lawyers and financial professionals to provide advice to those affected by the economic downturn.

She holds a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law and a B.S. from Northwestern University.