Smith hired as new NARUC assistant general counsel

WASHINGTON—The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners has hired Holly Rachel Smith as its new Assistant General Counsel.

Ms. Smith, a former principal of a national boutique energy law firm serving Fortune 50 companies and State government agency clients, will be responsible for NARUC’s legal relations on energy matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Department of Energy, the federal courts, and elsewhere as necessary. She will also assist in the development and implementation of NARUC’s Washington Action program, and will primarily serve the Association’s Committees on Consumer Affairs, Electricity, Energy Resources and the Environment, and Gas.

“Energy issues are on the front burner of the country’s domestic policy challenges, so we are fortunate to find someone of Holly’s caliber to head this office,” said NARUC President David Wright of South Carolina. “Holly has a strong background in utility legal issues, along with substantial experience with the regulatory world. We are excited to have her on staff.”

Ms. Smith began at NARUC on Aug. 21.

For the past six years, Holly Rachel Smith has managed her own national regulatory law practice and represented, among others, the nation’s largest private energy consumer on rate, energy conservation, renewable energy and environmental issues before State utility commissions. She has appeared before more than 20 State commissions in more than 50 energy regulatory proceedings.

Ms. Smith developed extensive experience in federal and State telecommunication and energy regulatory issues while working for six years in Washington at several large law firms, including Hogan & Hartson LLP and Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds. Ms. Smith also served as Senior Legal and Policy Advisor to the Director of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority and Law Clerk to the Administrative Hearings Division of Oregon Public Utilities Commission.

Holly Rachel Smith earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1999. She also holds a Masters of Public Policy from the College of William and Mary, and a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Colorado at Boulder.