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Schiff Hardin and Bruder, Gentile & Marcoux Combine, Expanding National Energy Regulation Practice

January 7, 2013

Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that Bruder, Gentile & Marcoux, L.L.P. (BGM) combined its law practice with Schiff Hardin’s law practice on January 1, 2013, and will operate under the name Schiff Hardin LLP. BGM is a Washington-based law firm focused on regulatory issues affecting the electric energy and natural gas industries and represents clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), other federal agencies and the U.S. Courts of Appeals. BGM attorneys and staff are joining Schiff Hardin’s Washington office. The experience and knowledge of the combined group of attorneys give Schiff Hardin a powerful capability to represent clients in regulatory matters before federal agencies and state utility regulatory commissions. Schiff Hardin now totals nearly 400 attorneys across the firm’s nine offices located throughout the United States.

“Schiff Hardin’s focus remains—as it has historically—on a commitment to exceptional client service. We are a national law firm and it is imperative that we continue to grow in regions and industries where we recognize and anticipate client needs,” said Schiff Hardin’s Managing Partner, Ronald S. Safer. “Our colleagues from Bruder, Gentile & Marcoux are outstanding attorneys in the field of energy law and regulation. We are proud to have them as colleagues and to have them carry the Schiff Hardin name. This combination demonstrates our commitment to the Washington, D.C., market and our focus on delivering the highest level of client service to the energy industry nationwide.”

Sherry A. Quirk, leader of Schiff Hardin’s Energy and Public Utilities Group and coordinating partner in the Washington office, facilitated the BGM combination. “Energy industry stakeholders face unprecedented challenges as they seek to comply with changing market rules, evolving compliance obligations and potential enforcement actions. The attorneys from BGM with whom we are combining forces have a deep knowledge of energy law and great breadth of experience with the FERC. They have represented clients before the FERC for nearly 40 years and are recognized leaders in this practice.”

Carmen L. Gentile, a BGM founding partner, also emphasized the benefits of the combination. “We’ve worked with several Schiff Hardin attorneys over the years and have come to know the very high caliber of their work and client service philosophy that has allowed Schiff Hardin to maintain its fine reputation for nearly 150 years.”

“It is obvious to my BGM partners and me that Schiff Hardin’s existing national energy practice combined with our emphasis on matters before the FERC are perfectly complementary. Also, the combination of our two practices creates an outstanding NERC electric reliability practice. Equally important, Schiff Hardin emphasizes a firm culture that is compatible with our philosophy. They are a talented and dedicated group of attorneys who are also great people. It’s a natural fit,” added Mr. Gentile.

Thomas L. Blackburn, a BGM partner who has been with the firm for 25 years, also expressed enthusiasm for the combination of the two firms. “At BGM, we have always placed great emphasis on serving our clients with the highest quality representation and with close attention to the details of our complex field of law,” he said. “The combination of the two firms will allow us to maintain and improve the quality and breadth of the services we provide to clients.”

Schiff Hardin established its Washington office in 1977, which provides an array of key legal services in addition to energy law work. The office address is 901 K Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20001, and the main telephone number is 202.778.6400.