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Kathleen Cooper Lake
Vinson & Elkins

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Kathleen C. Lake is a partner with the law firm of Vinson & Elkins LLP. For over 30 years, Kathy’s practice has 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.

Before practicing law in Houston, she 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 Best Lawyers in America in energy law, in 2010 and 2011; Legal Media Group’s (Euromoney’s) Expert Guide to the US Best of the Best in energy and natural resources law, 2010; Legal Media Group’s (Euromoney’s) Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Women in business law in 2011; and Legal Media Group’s (Euromoney’s) Guide to the World’s Leading Energy and Natural Resource Lawyers in 2003, 2007, 2009 and 2011.