Interview with Annual Institute Chair Martha A. Wiegand

Current association: CONSOL Energy Inc.
Past associations: Reed Smith, Buchanan Ingersoll
Law School: Duquesne University
Undergraduate: Cornell University
Spouse: No thanks!
Children: Gemma age 13, Royce age 11
Home: Pittsburgh PA
Favorite restaurant: Louisiana Lagniappe
EMLF Involvement: member and Board of Trustees member

You have spent most or all of your career in the energy sector and have had a lot of success.  How did you get involved in this area of law? I started as a finance attorney and assisted on various financings for the benefit of energy companies.  Eventually I was offered an in house position at an energy company.

Over the years, you have been very active in various organizations.  You have particularly committed a lot of time to EMLF, even though you had a busy career. I think it’s important to stay involved with groups such as EMLF that lead the way.

What has EMLF meant to you? Excellent industry legal knowledge and experienced members; great CLEs and conferences.

Has your involvement had a positive effect on your career? Yes – in networking.

Do you find time to travel for fun? Yes, as often as possible. Do you have a favorite place to visit? We like to go to the same beaches each year (Destin or Hilton Head) and ski out west once per year.

Do you have any hobbies? Skiing, golf, travel, tennis, puzzles.

You have been practicing law for a while and have had success. Is there any advice you would give to new lawyers and law students who are about to become lawyers? Keep in touch with old and new friends and colleagues. Continue learning and developing your areas of expertise and management skills.

Annual Institute:

It looks like there are a lot of great topics that will be addressed at the Annual Institute.  That said, which topic are you most looking forward to hearing? Energy market update.

Some people are just getting back to traveling and attending conferences in person. Are you hearing feedback from people who are excited about catching up with old friends that they have met at EMLF events in past years? We are just getting back to the office in-person recently and are still getting excited about seeing people at in-person meetings here. Attending the EMLF conference will take this to a whole other level.

Amelia Island is a great place to visit. Outside attending the conference itself and visiting with EMLF friends, what are you most looking forward to doing in Amelia Island? Checking out the beach and local restaurants.

Join EMLF!

Membership in the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation is open to anyone who is concerned with issues pertaining to the energy industry.

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