Troutman Sanders adds energy litigation lawyers in Charlotte

Kiran Mehta, a veteran litigator with broad experience in the energy industry representing operating utilities of the nation’s largest electric power holding company, has joined Troutman Sanders LLP as a partner in the litigation practice in the Charlotte office. He will be joined by associate Molly McIntosh. Both Mehta and McIntosh are joining the firm from K&L Gates.

Mehta concentrates much of his practice in representing energy utilities in significant matters before state regulatory commissions, including rate proceedings, energy efficiency and wholesale and or retail power interface proceedings and other regulatory matters. He has particular experience in the financial aspects of the industry, including rate of return and capital structure.

Troutman Sanders first announced the opening of its Charlotte office in May, with five partners with significant real estate and corporate practices. The firm quickly added two additional partners and three associates. With the arrival of Mehta and McIntosh, this brings the number of Troutman Sanders lawyers in the office to 12. The firm’s Charlotte office is located uptown in the One Wells Fargo Center.

“When we opened our Charlotte office eight weeks ago, we said that we would quickly become a full-service law firm in this market, and the addition of these outstanding litigation lawyers to complement our corporate and real estate lawyers is a giant step forward in that process,” said Robert W. Webb Jr., chairman of Troutman Sanders. “Kiran has a proven track record of success on major litigation matters and is widely recognized as one of the top litigators in the market. We are excited to put his experience to use for our clients – particularly those in the energy industry.”

Walter Fisher, managing partner of the firm’s Charlotte office, has worked with Mehta for a long time, he said.

“We are thrilled to welcome him to Troutman Sanders,” Fisher said. “He is a fantastic addition to the Charlotte office because of his recognized track record handling sophisticated cases in North Carolina and around the country.”

Mehta said he looks forward to re-joining Fisher and the other Charlotte partners.

“The firm’s energy platform and its impressive roster of utility clients dovetails nicely with my practice, and the ability to expand the litigation work we handle for our clients makes this a great move for both Molly and me,” Mehta said.

Mehta received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his undergraduate degree from Cornell University. He is a member of several committees of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section, including the Energy Litigation Committee, the Construction Litigation Committee and the Business Torts Committee. He also is active in civic organizations in Charlotte. Mehta was named Guardian of the Environment by the Charlotte Observer in 2005 for his successful pro bono work in challenging the Navy’s decision to site an outlying landing field next door to the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in eastern North Carolina.

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