Heather Grahame is General Counsel and Vice President – Regulatory and Federal Government Affairs for NorthWestern Corporation, d/b/a NorthWestern Energy (“NorthWestern”). NorthWestern is a mid-cap energy company dedicated to providing safe and reliable electricity and/or natural gas service to nearly 470 communities across Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska. NorthWestern also provides electric service to Yellowstone National Park. Ms. Grahame is responsible for NorthWestern Energy’s legal affairs including risk management and contract services; state regulatory affairs (Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska) and Federal Government Affairs. She is one of eight members of NorthWestern’s Executive Team.
Ms. Grahame is a graduate of Stanford University (Human Biology) and the University of Oregon School of Law where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Oregon Law Review. She practiced law in Anchorage, Alaska for 27 years. Three of those years were with the Alaska Legal Services Corporation where she litigated cases before the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and one case before the United States Supreme Court. She then spent 23 years in private practice, first for the Seattle-based firm of Bogle and Gates, and then with Dorsey & Whitney, a Minneapolis-based law firm. At Dorsey, Ms. Grahame was Co-Chair of the firm’s Telecommunications Practice and practiced public utility law before several state public utility commissions and the Federal Communications Commission. She moved to Helena, Montana in 2010 to join NorthWestern Energy.