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News Release: September 1, 2015


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Chairman Bay Names Max Minzner as General Counsel

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Norman Bay has named Max Minzner as general counsel to the Commission.

Minzner, who joined Chairman Bay’s staff as an advisor in June, has taught law at the University of New Mexico School of Law and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. From 2009 to 2010, Minzner was special counsel to Bay, who at that time was director of the FERC Office of Enforcement. At UNM, he served as associate dean for Academic Affairs and was awarded the 2013-2015 University of New Mexico Presidential Teaching Fellowship, a lifetime achievement award given annually to a single professor university-wide to recognize excellence in teaching. A graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School, Minzner’s scholarship has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Texas Law Review, and the William & Mary Law Review, among other journals.

“I have known Max for almost 20 years, beginning when he was a law clerk at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Mexico,” Chairman Bay said. “I have full confidence that Max will bring a high level of excellence to his work in the Office of the General Counsel.”

Also today, Chairman Bay named David Morenoff, who has been serving as FERC general counsel, to the position of deputy general counsel. Morenoff has served in several capacities in the Office of the General Counsel, including acting general counsel, deputy general counsel and special counsel, and served as senior legal and policy advisor to former Chairman Jon Wellinghoff. Before joining FERC, Morenoff worked on electric industry matters in the Washington, D.C., office of Troutman Sanders, LLP, and also served as a legislative assistant on energy and other issues to U.S. Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island. He is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School.

“It is a testament to the high regard in which David is held that he is one of the few general counsels who has served three different chairmen as either the acting general counsel or as general counsel,” Chairman Bay said. “I deeply appreciate his dedication, professionalism, and tireless efforts on behalf of FERC, and I look forward to continuing to work with him here.”

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