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Energy Regulatory Attorney Sandra Rizzo Joins Arnold & Porter

May 8, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, May 8, 2014 -- Arnold & Porter LLP announced today that energy regulatory attorney Sandy Rizzo has joined the firm as a partner in the Washington, DC office. Ms. Rizzo counsels energy sector clients on regulatory and compliance matters and represents them in enforcement and administrative proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), federal and state courts, and other agencies. With more than 20 years of experience as an advisor to major market participants in the electricity industry, her clients include utilities, power marketers, independent power producers, and funds with energy holdings.

"Sandy has emerged as a leader in her field, and we are excited that she has chosen to join us," said firm Chairman Thomas H. Milch. "Her deep regulatory knowledge and experience enhances our ability to meet the needs of our energy clients and will help us continue to broaden our energy practice."

Ms. Rizzo joins a growing energy practice focused on transactions, litigation, and regulatory work affecting utilities, including matters before the U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). In recent months, Arnold & Porter has expanded its Energy team with a number of strategic moves. In January, the Firm opened an office in Houston, Texas, which is headed by Thad Dameris, who has experience representing international energy companies in complex commercial litigation. Joe Tirone also joined Arnold & Porter's Washington and Houston offices in February; his practice focusing on energy project and infrastructure development and project finance. Joshua Berick, who has deep experience in energy and infrastructure transactions, joined the firm's New York office in 2013. Additionally, a number of Arnold & Porter partners have held high-level positions in key regulatory agencies that directly affect the energy and utility sectors, including a former General Counsel of the CFTC.

"I am excited that I have joined Arnold & Porter. My energy regulatory and FERC practice and my litigation background makes Arnold & Porter's premier regulatory platform and energy team a natural fit for me," said Ms. Rizzo. "I look forward to being part of this preeminent firm as it continues to expand its services within the energy sector."

Ms. Rizzo earned her J.D. degree from The College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law and her B.A. from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Arnold & Porter LLP is an international law firm of nearly 800 lawyers with offices in Brussels, Denver, Houston, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D. C. The firm, founded in 1946, maintains more than 25 practice areas spanning a broad spectrum of the law, with a primary focus on litigation, transactional matters, and regulatory issues.

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