Careers in Energy Panel #4 – November 2, 2021

Careers in Energy
12-1 pm EDT November 2, 2021

EMLF’s Annual Careers in Energy Program will be held virtually this year to accommodate COVID-19 guidelines.  Panelists will discuss their educational and career path, and what the day to day duties are in their current role, as well as take questions from those in attendance.  Law students at EMLF member schools may join this free opportunity to hear from and network with current energy practitioners. Each of the four programs features a different panel!  Scroll down to read the bios for the November 2 panel.

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Anna Girard Fletcher, Executive Director at EMLF, Lexington, KY

Anna Girard Fletcher has been the Executive Director of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation since 2018.  Previously, she was an attorney with the Commonwealth of Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet practicing environmental protection and natural resources law, and law clerk to the Honorable Phillip J. Shepherd.  She is a former national Chair of the Conference of Government Mining Attorneys and was chosen for the Kentucky Bar Association’s inaugural leadership class in 2018.  She currently serves as Treasurer of her local Women’s Lawyers Association, and is a member of the Women’s Energy Network.  She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law where she served as Student Bar Association president and was a member of Phi Alpha Delta. Her writing has been featured in such publications as the National Law Journal, and she is a former editor of the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, & Natural Resources Law, and current Editor-in-Chief of the Energy & Mineral Law Institute, the flagship publication of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation.  She resides in beautiful Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and son.   


Renee V. Anderson, Partner at Cassidy, Anderson and Kane, Greensburg, PA

Renee Anderson is a Partner at Cassidy Anderson & Kane, in Greensburg, PA. Renee grew up in Titusville, Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the oil industry. In 2016 she was inducted into the Titusville High School Athletic Hall of Fame, and today her athletic pursuit involves golf and horseback riding. Renee is currently on the Executive Committee of the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation and a frequent speaker for energy conferences across the country.  Her practice is focused on all phases of the Marcellus Shale Industry, including certified title opinions and contracts and agreements (such as farm-in and farm-out agreements and joint venture agreements).  

Lauren A. Bachtel, Senior Attorney at Hunton Andrews Kurth, NY, NY

Lauren Bachtel is a Senior Attorney at Hunton Andrews Kurth. A former US Department of the Interior and American Wind Energy Association lawyer, Lauren draws on her diverse experience to navigate clients through complex permitting and compliance issues that arise under a host of federal environmental statutes and regulations. She also advocates for clients during related administrative rulemakings and litigation. Lauren has extensive experience with permitting and litigation under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Mineral Leasing Act (MLA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA) and Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA). She also has significant experience representing clients on Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and hazardous waste matters. She has represented energy industry coalitions on various regulatory and administrative matters before the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Lauren has deep experience drafting comments on administrative rulemakings, advising clients on policy and regulatory clarifications and negotiating proposed legislative bills as well as with federal permitting and litigation. She also has advocated on behalf of energy clients regarding carbon policies and the repeal and replacement of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. As an Attorney-Advisor for DOI’s Office of the Solicitor, Lauren worked with BLM, FWS and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) on rulemakings, administrative actions and litigation that impacted the oil and gas and coal industries. That experience includes working on the oil and gas venting and flaring rules, the coal leasing moratorium and its associated programmatic environmental impact statement, and instruction memoranda implementing the agencies’ regulations. Along with assisting with DOI regulation implementation, Lauren also worked with BLM and DOJ on the environmental review and associated litigation for high-profile coal leasing matters throughout the country and counseled agencies on matters concerning the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA), CERCLA, OCSLA, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Bankruptcy code. 

Armando Benincasa, Member at Steptoe & Johnson, Charleston, WV

Armando Benincasa combines state agency experience, real-world business perspective, and deep understanding of complex environmental issues in a practice focused on energy and environmental law, environmental litigation, administrative law, government affairs, and lobbying. He manages cases involving permitting and regulatory requirements for natural resources, including coal, oil, and gas, solid waste, water resources, underground storage tanks, voluntary remediation, and the drafting of rules and statutes related to the environment. He has extensive experience in governmental matters, as well as in representing energy companies before state agencies and the West Virginia Legislature.

Stefanie Burt, Assistant General Counsel at EQT, Pittsburgh, PA

Stefanie Burt is Assistant General Counsel at EQT Corporation, where she manages the company’s litigation docket and provides counsel on litigation risk and avoidance, pre-litigation claims, and procurement, indemnity and insurance. Prior to joining EQT, Stefanie was a partner at Reed Smith. She is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School and the University of Pittsburgh and is on the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium.

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