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Considering A Career in Energy?

February 26, 2015, 12:00 pm1:30 pm EST

Have you ever considered a career in energy law or policy? Curious about what opportunities might exist in the field? Join us for lunch with two NYU Law alumni who are at the forefront of the profession.

Please RSVP here. Students and alumni only

Thursday, February 26th, 12 to 1:30PM

New York University School of Law

Vanderbilt Hall Room 201


  • Francesca Odell ’96, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
  • Jacob Jay Worenklein ’73, Chairman and CEO, US Grid Company

Speaker’s Bios:

Francesca Odell 

Ms. Odell’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity transactions and other financing transactions (including capital markets, restructurings and project finance). Her practice is primarily cross-border, focusing on Latin America, and particularly Brazil.

Ms. Odell was recognized by The American Lawyer as a “Dealmaker of the Year,” and is internationally distinguished as one of the best corporate lawyers practicing by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Chambers Latin America, The Legal 500 U.S., The Legal 500 Latin America and Latin Lawyer 250: Latin America’s Leading Business Law Firms. In 2013, Ms. Odell was nominated for the “Finance Lawyer of the Year” award at the Chambers USA Women in Law Awards, and was also highlighted in Latin Lawyer’s “Women In Law” issue celebrating the most inspiring women in the Latin American legal profession. She has also been named one of “Latin America’s Top 50 Legal Stars” by Latin Business Chronicle. Ms. Odell currently serves on the board of the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, and on the advisory board of Legal Outreach. She also serves as a board member and as the Secretary-Treasurer of Volunteers of Legal Service.

Ms. Odell joined the firm in 1996 and became a partner in 2005.  She received a J.D. degree from New York University School of Law, where she was a staff editor of the Journal of International Law & Politics.  She received an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Ms. Odell is a member of the Bar of New York.  Her native language is English, and she is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.


Jacob Jay Worenklein

Jay is Chairman and CEO of US Grid Company. Prior to founding US Grid Company, Jay served as a partner and co-head of Global Projects at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. He founded and served from 2003 to 2008 as Chairman and CEO of US Power Generating Company. From 1993 to 2003, he served as global head of project finance at Lehman Brothers and then as global head of the energy, power, infrastructure and project finance sectors at Société Générale (which was named by Euromoney, during the period of his leadership, as the “World’s Best Project Finance Bank”). Jay practiced law at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy from 1973 to 1993, where he founded and headed the firm’s project finance and utility practices and served as a member of its three-person executive committee. Jay served on the Boards of Directors of numerous public and private companies in the U.S. and chaired the audit committees of several boards.In 2002, Infrastructure Journal in London awarded him its inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the energy, infrastructure and project finance sectors. Jay has served as an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the NYU Stern School of Business. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Committee for Economic Development (CED), a leading business organization.


February 26, 2015
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm EST


NYU School of Law, Vanderbilt Hall, Room 201
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012 United States
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