Could you share a little on your background and how did you get into Vistra?
I knew I wanted to be a lawyer since I was about 9 years old. Growing up, I always looked for opportunities to experience the practice of law (mock trial, teen court in Tampa, where I went to high school, classes in college even though there wasn't a pre-law major). I went to Duke undergrad and William and Mary Law School.
I started in private practice in the corporate and securities group at Gardere, where I worked for almost eight years after law school. In 2005, I decided to make a move from a firm to in-house and started with the company in November of that year, supporting the retail and wholesale businesses as counsel (the entry-level attorney position at the company). I was promoted to senior counsel in 2006. In 2008, when the company went private, I moved with my boss and the wholesale business to Luminant and began supporting the generation and mining organizations in addition to wholesale. Then, in 2012, I became the general counsel of Luminant. And in October of last year I took on the role of general counsel of the parent company over all of Vistra's competitive businesses.
As General Counsel and EVP, what are your responsibilities and how do you manage them?
We have several broad categories of responsibility in our department--compliance (responsible for centralized reporting on all compliance matters across the company and primary compliance assurance for wholesale and retail operations); corporate secretary's office (corporate governance, including coordination of our board of directors); litigation (including labor and employment counseling, commercial litigation and regulatory administrative matters); commercial/operational support (supporting all of our operations teams in commercial transactions); corporate, securities and M&A; and environmental services (reporting, permitting and compliance).
We have a very experienced and knowledgeable team of attorneys and professionals who provide these support services to our internal...