James J. Dixon, vice president for legal and compliance services for ConEdison Development and ConEdison Energy, has been elected energy committee chairman of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), a global bar association representing more than 35,000 in-house lawyers in 90 countries.
ACC promotes the common professional and business interests of the in-house bar through information, networking opportunities, advocacy initiatives and education and sponsors 18 practice-area committees, including the ACC Energy Committee. The committee focuses on raising awareness of corporate domestic and international energy law. The committee also spearheads the development of energy-focused educational resources for in-house counsel.
As ACC Energy Committee chairman, Dixon will develop and implement the committee’s strategic plan, propose and organize energy-related programs for the 2015 ACC Annual Meeting in Boston, lead the development of written and broadcasted resources, and help oversee membership development.
ConEdison Development develops renewable and energy infrastructure assets, and ConEdison Energy is a wholesale energy company. Both are subsidiaries of Con Edison Inc.
Dixon previously served as vice president of energy services for ConEdison Solutions, an energy services company that is also a Con Edison Inc. subsidiary.
“The energy industry is one of the most rapidly changing business sectors in America today,” Dixon said. “Organizations like ACC play a critical role in ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of in-house counsel serving energy-related businesses. It is a privilege to be able to play a role in helping energy firms fortify their legal infrastructures.”
Before joining ConEdison Solutions, Dixon held positions at Con Edison Co. of New York – the utility commonly known as Con Ed – as an electrical engineer in its construction, operations and design organizations. He also was an attorney in the company’s Nuclear Regulatory and Commercial Litigation Services sections, eventually becoming assistant corporate secretary. Dixon also served as ConEdison Solutions’ first dedicated legal counsel.
He is a registered professional engineer in New York and a retired major from the U.S. Army Reserve, where he commanded a combat heavy engineer company and was executive officer for an engineer battalion. Dixon is an honors graduate of both the basic and advanced officer courses at the U.S. Army Engineer School.
Dixon received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Manhattan College and a law degree from New York Law School. He is admitted to practice law in New York and Washington, D.C., and is a member of the New York State Bar Association.
Dixon also served as chairman of NAESCO, the National Association of Energy Service Companies, from 2010-2012, the leading energy services industry trade organization that promotes energy efficiency nationwide on behalf of more than 80 member companies.