EMLF Member Spotlight: Rebecca Kennedy

Current law firm or association: K&L Gates  

Past associations: EQT Production Company  

Law School: University of Pittsburgh School of Law  

Undergraduate: University of Pittsburgh 

Spouse: Frank Posega  

Children: Hannah Lilly Posega (2 years old) and Frank Norman Posega (6 months) 

Current home town: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania   

Favorite bar or restaurant in current home city?  Why? My favorite restaurant is Girasole in Shadyside, I can’t get enough of the spinach ravioli and lemon cake.  

EMLF Involvement: I’ve been part of the Young Lawyers Committee and helped out with the Annual Institute Planning Committee as well. I always try to attend the EMLF Annual Institute  

Where did you grow up? Lansdale PA – A small rural suburb outside of Philadelphia. Its claim to fame is Merrymead Farm 

What is your area of practice? Energy Law – Primarily Oil and Gas  

How did you get involved in that area of law? I started working at a couple of energy related startups prior to law school where I became interested in nexus between access to innovative energy technologies and global development. I wanted to be part of providing solutions toward energy equality and decided to focus on becoming an Energy attorney.   

How much of your time is spent representing clients in the coal, oil and gas, or other energy industries? While most of my time is currently spent working on oil and gas clients, I do have some transactional experience with solar and wind project development.   

You have attended a few EMLF events and have been involved in EMLF committees. Has that involvement benefitted you? If so, how? EMLF has played a huge role in building my foundational knowledge of energy law, specifically in oil and gas. Additionally, EMLF has allowed me to develop a vast network full of people who have helped to foster my career development and growth. Many of these people are now my close friends.   

Now that some of the COVID-related restrictions on restaurants, gatherings, and travel are ending, is there anything in particular that you have done or look forward to doing soon, that you were able to do during the shutdowns? I’m looking forward to getting out and reconnecting with friends and family in person. Also, we have not had the opportunity to have many playdates for the kids, so I’m looking forward to having some of those, hopefully soon. Most of all I’m excited for the 43rd EMLF Annual Institute set for Amelia Island, of course! 

You’re still a young lawyer, but have been practicing for a few years.  Looking back, what two or three things have been most helpful to you in developing as a lawyer and as an attorney at your firm?  Is there any advice you would give to new lawyers and law students who are about to become lawyers?   

  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions, it’s the only way to learn. 
  • The best things happen if you go outside of your comfort zone! Put yourself out there when it comes to networking, taking on assignments, etc. 
  • Goal setting is key. Making short, medium and long-term goals not only sets you up for success, but it helps keep you motivated and ensures that what you’re doing is aligned with what you want out of life.

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