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Energy development expert Tracey LeBeau joins practice

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PHOENIX – Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP recently announced that energy development expert Tracey A. LeBeau, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, has joined the national law firm as a senior managing director in its Energy and Regulated Industries Practice. LeBeau will work out of Sonnenschein’s Phoenix office and lead the firm’s renewable energy practice. She comes to Sonnenschein from Red Mountain Energy Partners, a Phoenix-based energy technical consultancy firm of which she was and is a partner and co-founder.

“Tracey’s background in energy investment and development will significantly expand the scope of services that we offer to our clients,” said Clinton A. Vince, chair of Sonnenschein’s Energy & Regulated Industries Practice. “With 60 attorneys and other professionals working on energy projects and policy nationwide, we are now leading the way in this very important area, including more recently also helping clients access funds authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.”

LeBeau advises clients on a wide range of energy issues, including wind, solar and transmission development, oil and gas exploration, midstream projects, and conventional electric generation. Much of her work involves renewable and conventional energy infrastructure projects, and she has years of experience with energy development management and advisory, development agreement and site control negotiations, permitting and transmission interconnection advise.

Prior to founding Red Mountain, LeBeau was vice president of the private equity firm Innovation Investments, where she originated and managed initial development of several large-scale wind projects in the Midwest. Earlier in her career, LeBeau served as vice president of Earth Energy Environment, managing natural gas, gas processing and wind development projects in the United States and Canada. She also was a director at Kansas Pipeline Company, an interstate pipeline operating company, and previously a director at American Energy Solutions, a national gas and electricity marketing firm.

“The combined strength of Sonnenschein’s energy, energy tax, project finance and tribal law practices is unmatched anywhere else,” LeBeau said. “I am thrilled to be part of the Sonnenschein team as it expands its footprint across the country.”

LeBeau is the author of numerous articles on energy and tribal law and serves in leadership capacities with several national renewable energy consortia, councils and organizations. She received a J.D. degree from the University of Iowa – Boyd School of Law and an A.B. degree from Stanford University.