The law firm of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP announced this month that it has added several public utility lawyers from Webking McClendon, PC. Joining Gardere’s Energy Group as partners in its Austin office are Shannon K. McClendon and Catherine J. Webking, each of whom brings more than 20 years of experience in the area of public utility law, and associate Andres Medrano.
The firm said that the additions will “bring valuable experience to Gardere’s national energy practice as well as complement the strong presence of the well-respected Austin office of Gardere.”
Steve Good, Gardere’s Managing Partner, said that “continuing to grow the Austin office and further enhancing our Energy Group are integral pieces of Gardere’s core strategy.”
A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Houston Clear Lake and the University of Houston Law Center, McClendon serves on the Board of Directors for the University of Houston Alumni Association. She has actively served on many electric industry-related boards, including prior service on the Electric Reliability Council of Texas Board of Directors. She also has more than 10 years of public service as a Governor Rick Perry appointee, most recently and currently serving as a Board Member of the Texas Appraisers Licensing and Certification Board.
A chemical engineering graduate of Texas A&M University and a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and member of The Order of the Coif, Webking serves as general counsel and executive director to the Texas Energy Association for Marketers, an association of competitive retail electric providers seeking to strengthen Texas’ competitive retail electric market. Webking also has legal experience in other competitive regulated industries including natural gas, telecommunications and water.