DALLAS — The law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to recognize Katherine L. Coleman as this year’s recipient of the emPOWERing Young Professionals Award, presented annually by the Gulf Coast Power Association (GCPA). The award was established to recognize an individual under the age of 40 who has demonstrated leadership, excellence, and success in serving the electric power industry.
Ms. Coleman, a Partner in the Firm’s Austin office and Leader of the Government and Regulatory Practice Group, has been active in the power industry for more than a decade. She practices regulatory and administrative law with a focus on state and federal energy regulations, energy markets, energy litigation, and government affairs and appeals. With significant experience regarding rate regulation under the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as well as the competitive energy market within the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), Ms. Coleman provides clients with solutions to managing their electric costs and participating in the wholesale market.
A frequent speaker on electric regulatory and market design issues, she currently serves as Vice President of the GCPA Board of Directors. Ms. Coleman has been recently recognized in Chambers USA by Chambers and Partners for Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation in Electricity (2015-2019), as “Lawyer of the Year” for Energy Regulatory Law (Austin) in The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (2019), in Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters for Legislative & Governmental Affairs (2016-2019), and in The Legal 500 US by Legalease as a Recommended Attorney in Energy Regulatory – Conventional Power (2017-2019). She also previously served as the President of the State Bar of Texas Public Utility Law Section (2016-2017).
Ms. Coleman earned her J.D., with honors, from The University of Texas School of Law and her B.A., with high honors, from The University of Texas at Austin.
The Gulf Coast Power Association is a non-profit organization of individuals and corporations mostly dedicated to promoting and sustaining a healthy competitive power market. The organization represents a broad spectrum of segments within the electric power industry and provides a forum for its membership of 120 corporate and 250 individual members to discuss wide-ranging issues pertaining to the evolving electric market in Texas, the Gulf Coast region and Mexico. For more information, visit www.gulfcoastpower.org.