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William L. Massey, former FERC Commissioner, to Join the Energy Practice at Covington & Burling

February 19, 2004

February 19, 2004 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Covington & Burling announced today that William L. Massey will join the firm as a partner on March 1.  Mr. Massey will be based in Covington's Washington office.   For the past ten years, he served as a Commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

During his tenure at FERC, Mr. Massey was actively involved in all aspects of the Commission's regulatory agenda and was an influential voice in shaping the Commission's efforts to restructure the electric and natural gas industries.  In the late 1990s, he served as lead Commissioner on merger policy during a period of significant consolidation within the electric and gas industries.  Mr. Massey has testified frequently before Congressional committees and has addressed numerous energy policy conferences in the U.S. and abroad.

"Bill is highly regarded in the energy industry and in the federal regulatory and legislative community," said Stuart Stock, chair of the firm's management committee.  "His legal, regulatory and policymaking skills, together with his sound judgment, will be a great benefit to our clients.  We are very pleased to have Bill join us." 

Before his tenure at FERC, Mr. Massey's private law practice focused on energy and environmental law.  From 1980 to 1989, he served as Chief Counsel and Legislative Director to U.S. Senator Dale Bumpers, a senior member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.  Prior to joining Senator Bumpers' staff, Mr. Massey served as law clerk to Judge Richard S. Arnold of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. 

"I am privileged to join the talented lawyers at Covington & Burling to work on the opportunities and challenges faced today by energy companies around the world," said Mr. Massey.  "In energy policy, issues related to a reliable infrastructure, fair market rules, and ensuring necessary energy supply continue to dominate the national debate.  I cannot imagine a more compelling time to join the firm."

Mr. Massey is a cum laude graduate of Ouachita University.  He holds a J.D. degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law and received an LL.M. degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Covington has long represented energy industry firms in a wide range of regulatory matters and transactions. Its regulatory work has encompassed industry restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, rate proceedings, and approval of new facilities.  In addition to mergers and acquisitions, the firm's corporate practice for energy companies  includes securities offerings, financings, restructurings, strategic alliances, and joint ventures.  The firm represents developers and financiers of power around the world and regularly acts as project counsel in connection with large energy projects.  Mr. Massey will be involved in these projects as well as expanding the firm's energy and legislative practice capabilities.  Two other recent additions include Marty Gold, former senior legislative counsel to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Frist, and Bob Fleishman, former general counsel of Constellation Energy Group.

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