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Sherry Quirk, a partner in a Washington D.C. law firm that specializes in federal energy regulation, will join TVA next month as the agency's top lawyer.

The Tennessee Valley Authority announced today that Quirk will succeed Ralph Rodgers as general counsel, effective Feb. 2. Rodgers, who held this role since 2010, is retiring from TVA after 34 years of service.

Quirk will be responsible for directing TVA's legal affairs and serving as corporate secretary to the TVA board of directors. She will also serve as the designated agency ethics official, responsible for the administration of TVA's ethics program.

"I'm confident that Sherry has the legal background, public power experience and leadership attributes to serve TVA well as our general counsel," TVA President Bil Johnson said.

Quirk joins TVA with extensive experience as legal counsel to the energy sector. She most recently served as an equity partner in the law firm of Schiff Hardin LLP, which specializes in federal energy regulation, legislation and power supply transactions, and has had responsibility for 40 lawyers in her role as the coordinating partner for the firm's Washington, D.C., office. Headquartered in Chicago, the firm has approximately 400 lawyers serving both domestic and international clients.

At the law firm of Schiff Hardin LLP, Quirk was s head of the Energy and Public Utilities practice group, leading more than 20 attorneys in counseling energy companies on issues before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy, Congress, regional power marketing administrations and various state agencies.

Prior to joining Schiff Hardin, Quirk worked as a partner in the Energy Group of Sullivan & Worcester LLP, a 200-attorney, Boston-based law firm exclusively focused on public utility industry work.

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