Vince Duane, senior vice president, general counsel, Law, Compliance and External Relations, has named Chris O’Hara as vice president and deputy general counsel. In this role, O’Hara will provide legal support for PJM regulatory and commercial business needs and oversee and manage attorneys and staff in those areas.
“Chris has extensive in-house and private law firm experience in energy, litigation, regulatory affairs, compliance and other areas relevant to the work we do at PJM,” said Duane. “I’m confident that Chris will be a great addition to the individual and collective talent that makes up the Legal department.”
O’Hara comes to PJM most recently from NRG Energy where he spent 12 years in leadership positions. He held positions of increasing management responsibility within the law department of NRG Energy and as a member of the senior management teams of NRG Energy and various subsidiaries, including serving as general counsel for the company’s two largest business units – Gulf Coast Region and Reliant Energy. As general counsel of these divisions, O’Hara managed 20 attorneys and paralegals. He also has expertise in legal support for regulatory affairs, business solutions, corporate supply chain and engineering, procurement and construction.
O’Hara received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland. He is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.