Sheila Slocum Hollis is chair of the Washington, D.C. office and serves on the firm's Executive Committee and Partners' Board. Ms. Hollis practices in the areas of energy transactional and regulatory law, and international and administrative law before government agencies, Congress and other entities. She specializes in domestic and international energy, water and environmental matters, representing governmental bodies and the power and natural gas industries. She was recently named one of the 50 Key Women in Energy. Ms. Hollis was the first director of the Office of Enforcement of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, establishing the office and its policies and procedures, serving from 1977 to 1980, and was a trial lawyer at the Federal Power Commission from 1974 to 1975. Over the course of her career, she has played a key role in the formation and implementation of energy law and policy.
She is the past chair (2001-2002) of the Section of Environment, Energy and Resources of the American Bar Association, representing 11,000 ABA members. She serves on the Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. She served in the ABA's House of Delegates from 1993 to 2001 and served for several years on the Nominating Committee of the ABA. In addition, she served as chair of the Standing Committee on Environmental Law from 1997 to 2000 and served two terms as chair of the ABA's Coordinating Group on Energy Law. A Fellow of the ABA, Ms. Hollis serves on the Editorial Board of the ABA Journal and was a member of the ABA's Standing Committee on Gavel Awards. Ms. Hollis was the first woman to serve as president of the Federal Energy Bar Association (1991 to 1992). She served as president of the Women's Council on Energy and the Environment from 1997-2002. She is the first person to serve as both president of the Federal Energy Bar Association and chair of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources. She is a board member of the United States Energy Association and a member of the Advisory Committee of the North American Energy Standards Board. Ms. Hollis served as a professorial lecturer in the law on the subject of energy law at The George Washington University Law School from 1979 to 1999. She serves on the Board of the American Friends of the Royal Society and on the Board of the Foundation for Veterans' Healthcare.
Admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Colorado, she is a member of the American Law Institute and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Center for American and International Law and as vice chair of its Institute for Energy Law. With an extensive background in international energy law, Ms. Hollis is admitted as an honorary, international member of the Commercial Bar of England and Wales. She is a member of the Energy, International, Women's and Federal bar associations and the Bar Association of the District of Columbia. Ms. Hollis is widely published in energy law and policy matters, having co-authored two energy law texts and numerous articles on energy policy, energy enforcement, natural gas, independent power and cogeneration, and hydroelectric energy regulation. She was ranked by the National Law Journal as one of the Nation's top 20 energy lawyers and is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World and other biographical directories.
A Colorado native, she is a 1973 graduate of the University of Denver College of Law and a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, cum laude in general studies, honors in journalism.