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Former U.S. Senate Committee Staff Director Karen K. Billups Rejoins Balch & Bingham’s Washington, D.C. Office

Balch & Bingham LLP is pleased to announce Karen K. Billups has rejoined the firm’s Washington, D.C., office as a partner in the Environmental & Natural Resources and Energy Sections. Ms. Billups brings invaluable federal policy experience to the firm gained from her most recent role as staff director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. 

“Karen brings to the firm a wealth of expertise regarding energy and environmental policy issues that are at the core of our law practice. We are pleased to welcome her back to Balch,” said Stan Blanton, managing partner. “Karen’s well-deserved credibility with policy-makers on both sides of the aisle and vast experience developing legislation over two decades that has been the foundation of the nation’s energy policy will be invaluable to our clients. She is a terrific addition to our energy policy team in Washington.”

Ms. Billups has 25 years of energy and environmental experience working with Congress, the federal government and the private sector, including drafting and negotiating complex energy, mining, forestry and environmental legislation and regulations.

Among her experience on the Hill, Ms. Billups was involved in the negotiation and drafting of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Additionally, she oversaw the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee that produced the bi-partisan Energy Policy and Modernization Act of 2016. In the area of natural resources, Ms. Billups was involved in the strategy and development of the public lands title of the Defense Authorization Act of 2015 and the 2009 Omnibus Public Land Management Act.

As a partner at Balch, Ms. Billups will provide strategic counsel related to environmental and energy policy to entities working through complex issues surrounding the development, transportation and sale of energy and natural resources. She will focus on the development of policy proposals, legislative and regulatory strategies, and communication with leaders in the private and public sectors.

Ms. Billups resigned from her position as staff director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in December 2015. Upon her resignation, Ms. Billups was honored by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) for her 25 years of service in the Senate with a tribute on the Senate floor. She worked for the U.S. Department of Energy and in the private sector, including practicing law in Balch’s Washington, D.C., office from 1991 – 1993 where she was involved in negotiations related to the Energy Policy Act of 1992. 

Ms. Billups earned her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1987. She received her B.A. from Southern Methodist University in 1984. Ms. Billups was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1987.