General Counsel (Nov 05-06)

This forum provides a unique, collaborative space for engaged dialogue between energy company General Counsels. Content includes traditional 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.

General Details

Program Chair
David White, Assistant General Counsel, Portland General Electric

Program Location
Portland General Electric
13th Floor Legal Conference Room
121 SW Salmon Street
Portland, Oregon 97204

Who Should Attend
Participation is restricted to senior leaders responsible for management of legal functions at WEI energy member companies or their assignees. The small size of this program provides a unique environment for collaborative thinking, open discourse and building long-term relationships.

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: $449
This program is only available to energy company members and includes comprehensive meeting materials and all food events. Guest passes with a registration are available for $100 and includes dinner and breakfast. For more information contact Eric Christenson at 971.230.6984.


Thursday, November 5, 2015

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
WEI Hosted Networking Dinner
Meet fellow senior legal leadership in an informal setting, with discussions leading into topics for the following day.

Park Kitchen
422 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209

Meet at the Hotel Rose lobby at 5:50 for group transportation.

Friday, November 6, 2015

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Catered Continental Breakfast
Two World Trade Center
Oregon Room, Mezzanine Level
26 SW Salmon Street
Portland, Oregon 97205

Meet at the Hotel Rose lobby at 7:55 AM to walk over with the group.

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Participant Introductions and Current Issues
Facilitator: Jay Dudley, VP General Counsel & Corp Compliance Officer, Portland General Electric
Join this dynamic roundtable session to discuss the greatest challenges and opportunities attendees and their divisions have confronted over the last year. Attendees are also encouraged to share what case work they are currently working on and what work related concerns keep them up at night.

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM
Staffing the Legal Department of the Future
Speaker: Alisa Tazioli, Managing Director, Major, Lindsey & Africa

Alisa is Managing Director in Major, Lindsey & Africa’s Seattle office, where she focuses on the Pacific Northwest in-house market. Her search experience includes General Counsel, Director of IP, and other experienced level Corporate Counsel positions on behalf of clients in a broad range of industries in Fortune 500 to privately-held companies.  With more than 200 recruiting professionals in locations around the world, Major, Lindsey & Africa is the world’s largest and most experienced legal executive search firm and in 2015 voted Best Legal Recruiter by readers of The National Law Journal.

10:15: AM – 10:30 AM
Networking Break

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Changes in the Western Energy Markets
Speaker: Sarah Wallace, VP and General Counsel, Pacific Power
Starting with the expansion of the CAISO full network model in 2014 and continuing most recently with the announcement by PacifiCorp to explore joining the California ISO as a participating transmission owner, changes have begun in the US and Canadian western power interconnect.

Does this indicate an inflection point in power scheduling and electricity delivery? How will this affect electric and gas companies? Participants will discuss their opinions and learn how others are managing this potential phase shift.

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Morning Open Roundtable
We continue introductions and an open sharing of the current issues facing legal leadership.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Catered lunch will be served in the Oregon Room.

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Regulatory Roundtable Discussion
Facilitator: Karla Wenzel, Rates and Regulatory Affairs, Portland General Electric
Ms. Wenzel provides an update on Oregon regulatory policy and facilitates a discussion with all participants on state and provincial regulatory issues, along with common issues to Western North American gas and electric companies.

1:45 PM – 2:00 PM
Refreshments served.

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Afternoon Topical Roundtable
Significant time on the agenda is reserved for an Open Roundtable Discussion. Topics will be guided based on pre-polling, introductions and Thursday’s dinner discussion.

Hotel + Travel

Hotel Rose
50 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR 97204

Located Downtown, this hip, modern hotel across the street from the Waterfront Park Trail is one block from a MAX light rail station and two blocks from Portland General Electric.

Please contact the hotel directly at 866-866-7977. Identify yourself as part of a Portland General Electric event to receive the discounted rate of $130 plus state and local taxes. This rate is guaranteed only based on availability.

The Nines
525 SW Morrison St.
Portland, OR 97204

Occupying the former Meier & Frank department store building in downtown Portland, this imposing four-star luxury hotel is a minute’s walk from Pioneer Courthouse/SW 6th Ave MAX light rail station and five blocks from Portland General Electric.

The Western Energy Institute does not have a negotiated rate with the Nines but provides their hotel information for anyone looking for 4-star accommodations. Inquire with the hotel for current room rates.