WASHINGTON, DC – Bracewell LLP’s Catherine P. McCarthy has been elected Chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section (IRIS). She previously served as the section’s Chair-Elect.
Established in 1917, the ABA’s Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section is the third oldest ABA section. IRIS is a leading professional organization for those interested in the rapidly changing legal environment in the electricity, gas, oil pipelines, communications, cable TV, internet, aviation, motor carriers, railroads and water industries.
“Being involved with the ABA and IRIS has been an important part of my career, and I am very enthusiastic about serving as Chair of IRIS,” said McCarthy. “My involvement with IRIS over the years has provided me with the opportunity to share ideas on legal issues affecting regulated industries with other practitioners. That has helped me to understand challenges and issues faced by Bracewell’s energy clients, and in turn, provide enhanced support to clients and become a better lawyer. I recommend that young lawyers participate in the organized bar.”
McCarthy chairs Bracewell’s energy regulatory practice. For more than two decades, she has represented power generation and electric transmission owners and others on energy regulation and policy matters, including before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy, the Federal Communications Commission and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. She is consistently recognized as a top energy lawyer by independent legal directories such as Chambers Global (2014–2020), Chambers USA (2010–2020) and The Legal 500 United States (2011–2013, 2016–2020).