Steptoe & Johnson Enhances FERC Practice



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Addition of Gayleen Smith Adds to FERC & Energy Practice

Steptoe & Johnson is pleased to announce that Gayleen Smith, CPA, CCEP, has joined the firm and will assist the Energy and Natural Resources Practice Teams.

As a Certified Public Accountant, Ms. Smith has 20-plus years of broad-based experience in various aspects of internal audit, FERC, SOX and general compliance, finance and public accounting. She was the former FERC Compliance Manager for a Fortune 500 energy company with FERC-regulated natural gas and electric businesses. She obtained her Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP) certificate in 2006.

As a FERC Compliance Manager for a Fortune 500 energy company, Ms. Smith was responsible for identifying the need for and developing compliance policies and procedures, conducting compliance audits, assessing compliance risk, implementing training on various compliance topics, monitoring FERC audit and enforcement developments and reviewing those developments with relevant company personnel. Experienced in working with company senior management, counsel and all levels of employees, she was responsible for coordinating overall company FERC-compliance activities, including managing the need to train thousands of employees and contractors on numerous topics using internet-based training tools. Ms. Smith has also provided guidance to companies on compliance with Section 404 of the Sarbanes?Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX), documented key financial controls and performed testing of those controls to ensure they are operating as intended and in compliance with SOX.

?We are very pleased to have Gayleen in our practice to provide another component to the comprehensive legal services delivered to the energy industry,? began Kurt L. Krieger, a member of Steptoe & Johnson?s Energy Regulatory & Midstream Services Team. ?Gayleen?s FERC experience provides a level of expertise and insight that our clients will find most valuable,? he said.

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