General Counsel (Feb 16-17)

This forum provides a unique, collaborative space for engaged dialogue between energy company General Counsels. Content includes challenges common to all executives including managing legal teams, budget pressures, succession planning and risk management. In addition to sharing best practices for the traditional executive role, the program regularly invites guest speakers to discuss specific contemporary legal issues relevant to the energy industry and the effective use of outside counsel. Specific topics are chosen directly by program participants in advance of each meeting.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Michael O'Connor, Associate GM and Chief Legal Executive, Salt River Project + Bob Smith, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation

    • Program Location
    • Salt River Project
    • Project Administration Building 1500 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85288
    • Who Should Attend
    • Participation is restricted to senior leaders responsible for management of legal functions at WEI energy member companies. The small size of this program provides a unique environment for collaborative thinking, open discourse and long-term relationship building. CLE and CPD credits are supported by this forum, depending on your state or province. Legal assistants should confirm with the WEI program manager for specific requirements

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $499 USD

    Registration includes access to all agenda items and digital program materials.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Due to contractual obligations, cancellations received 15 business days prior to the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 6 to 14 business days prior to the event will receive a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. No shows and last minute cancellations, 5 business days prior to the event or less, will be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the same event are always welcome.
  • Participation Policy
  • Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public. Recording is not permitted for any portion of the event.
  • For more information contact Amy Nye, Director of Programs at (971) 303-2119.


Thursday, February 16, 2023

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Networking Dinner

Join us for a WEI hosted networking dinner in downtown Tempe.

Caffe Boa
398 S. Mill Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85281

Friday, February 17, 2023

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration + Networking Breakfast

Arrive early to register and network with peers over a hot breakfast.

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Welcome + Introductions

The Program Chair will welcome the group and kickoff roundtable introductions. Come prepared to share a recent success story and the biggest challenges you and your team are facing right now.

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Networking Break

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Guest Speaker

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Networking Lunch

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Industry Topic

This time is designated for a focused roundtable discussion on a particular topic of interest. Topics will be guided based on member feedback and pre-polling.

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Networking Break

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Open Roundtable Discussion

We'll close out the day with an open roundtable discussion on top-of-mind issues. Topics will be guided based on the current challenges shared during introductions.

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Wrap Up + Future Planning

The meeting will conclude with a brief wrap-up as we set our sights on the Fall 2023 meeting.

Hotel + Travel

Please note, WEI does not have a group rate or discount arranged for a specific hotel. However, the following hotels in Tempe are a short drive from Salt River Project and are recommended for meeting guests that need accommodations the evening of Thursday, February 16, 2023.

The AC Hotel by Marriott Phoenix/Tempe Downtown
100 E. Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85281

Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown
108 E. University Drive
Tempe, AZ 85281