The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) has named Jackson Walker partner Amy L. Baird to its 2017 Diversity & the Bar Rainmakers list.
This annual publication highlights ten diverse lawyers who demonstrate excellent skills in business development. Each of the lawyers is profiled in the Spring 2017 issue of MCCA’s Diversity & the Bar publication.
In her profile, Amy discussed how she became one of the energy industry’s most prominent female attorneys. Her career began at a major interstate natural gas pipeline where she worked as an in-house lawyer. She explained how this position laid the groundwork for the rest of her career:
“They really wanted the new lawyers to understand the energy business. So part of our job was to learn about the business, like pipeline operations and marketing and regulatory issues, from the senior business executives. It’s much harder to learn the business if you start out as an outsider lawyer. I was fortunate to have had this invaluable experience before going to a firm.”
When asked about the toughest part of practicing energy law, Amy explained that keeping up with market dynamics is an ongoing challenge. She says:
“The energy industry is always evolving. Prices for gas, oil and liquids are cyclical, meaning different opportunities and problems arise for clients as a result. And the industry changes enormously in response to changes in the regulatory structure. It can be a lot of work, but the evolution of the energy business is part of what makes it interesting—it would be so dull to do the same thing over and over again.”