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Energy and Telecom Attorney Joins Varnum's Lansing Office

June 18, 2012

Laura Chappelle has joined Varnum's Lansing office as counsel in the firm's energy regulatory practice.

Chappelle brings to the firm more than 20 years of regulatory and legal policy experience involving energy, telecommunications and advanced communications sectors. She has extensive experience in wholesale and regional energy issues.

In addition, Chappelle has served as counsel to various governmental branches, including serving as a member of Gov. Rick Snyder's legal transition team in 2011. She previously served as a regulatory policy advisor for both the Michigan House and Senate and was appointed by Gov. John Engler as the Chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission in 2001, and served as Commissioner from 2003 until 2007.

She was a key advisor in the drafting and implementation of Michigan's retail electric choice law, as well as Michigan's nationally-recognized "Broadband" law that, in part, coordinated and streamlined local and state right-of-way regulations for telecommunications and Internet providers.

Chappelle received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and obtained her J.D. from Cooley Law School.

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