Power industry pro joins Manatt

South California Edison managing attorney Beth Fox has left the electric utility to join Manatt, Phelps & Phillips as a partner in the firm’s LA office.

US law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips has expanded its energy and natural resources practice with the addition of Beth Fox, who has joined the firm as partner and will be based in Los Angeles.

Having spent more than 17 years at Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the largest electric utilities in the US and the main power supplier in the southern part of the state, Fox has extensive experience in power procurement and energy storage contracts, Manatt said in a statement.

While at SCE, Fox oversaw a team of lawyers, advised on a multibillion-dollar portfolio of power contracts and negotiated renewable, conventional power, energy storage and gas contracts. She also provided strategic advice to senior management on the conduct of energy procurement solicitations and on the resolution of contractual disputes.

In her new role, Fox will focus primarily on transactional and regulatory work related to energy and energy storage projects, a spokesperson for the firm told Infrastructure Investor.

“Beth's long-time experience helping to guide a traditional utility in a new age of energy will be an immediate asset to clients, while her focus on electricity distribution and storage will nicely complement our practice's deep experience,” said Craig Moyer, chair of Manatt's land, environment and natural resources division.

In addition to its Los Angeles office, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips has another four outposts throughout the state: Orange County, Palo Alto, San Francisco and Sacramento. It also has offices in New York City, Albany and Washington DC.