(March 15, 2021, Washington, DC) — Steptoe & Johnson LLP partner Monique Watson has joined the 2021 Fellows Program for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). As a fellow, Watson will participate in a landmark program created by the LCLD to identify, train, and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession.
Founded in 2009, LCLD is a growing organization of more than 350 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who are personally committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession. The LCLD Fellows Program, which has trained nearly 2,000 mid-career attorneys since 2011, is one of LCLD's most important initiatives.
According to LCLD President Robert J. Grey, Jr., the program offers participants "a year-long, in-depth program devoted to relationship-building, leadership training, and extensive contact with LCLD's prestigious members and the best teachers in the business."
Watson is recognized for her deep knowledge and understanding of energy law, policy, economics, and regulation, with particular focus on oil, refined petroleum products and natural gas pipeline industries. In her two decades of energy experience, including senior legal roles at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), she has managed legal and policy initiatives involving these industries. She counsels and defends clients in section 4 and 5 Natural Gas Act rate cases. She is also experienced in matters related to the certification of interstate natural gas pipelines, LNG terminals, natural gas storage and crude oil and refined product infrastructure development.
Watson is a member of the American Association of Blacks in Energy and a member of the Women's Council on Energy and the Environment. When not practicing law, she volunteers with the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.
For more information, visit www.lcldnet.org.
In more than 100 years of practice, Steptoe has earned an international reputation for vigorous representation of clients before governmental agencies, successful advocacy in litigation and arbitration, and creative and practical advice in structuring business transactions. Steptoe has more than 500 lawyers and other professional staff across offices in Beijing, Brussels, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington. For more information, visit www.steptoe.com.