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Kathy Lake

Kathleen C. Lake is a retired partner of the law firm of Vinson & Elkins LLP. For over 32 years prior to her retirement at the end of 2012, Kathy’s practice focused on state and federal utility law and energy regulation, energy transactions, and administrative law and litigation. Kathy has broad experience with all segments of the domestic energy industry, having represented producers, interstate and intrastate gas pipelines, electric cooperatives, electric utilities, marketers, end-users, and financial institutions active in the industry. Kathy is an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Bates Law Center, where she has taught courses on various energy regulatory topics since 2011.

Before practicing law in Houston, Kathy earned her A.B. magna cum laude, from Middlebury College, and her J.D. with high honors from the University of Texas School of Law, where she served as associate editor of the Texas Law Review, and was selected for membership in the Order of the Coif and Phi Kappa Phi..

Kathy has been recognized in various legal rankings, including Best Lawyer
in America in energy law, in 2010, 2011 and 2013; Legal Media Group’s (Euromoney’s) Guide to the World’s Leading Energy and Natural Resource Lawyers in 2003, 2007, 2009, and 2011; Legal Media Group’s (Euromoney’s) Expert Guide to the US Best of the Best in energy and natural resources law, 2010; and Legal Media Group’s (Euromoney’s) Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Women in business law in 2011. Kathy is a founding member of the Center for Women in Law, an educational institution at the University of Texas School of Law, which is devoted to advancing women in the legal profession.