This year, the Government Practice Section is producing a series called Take Ten: Q+A in an effort to learn more about each other and what each section member does. Check out the first installment below from section chair Matthew Klein, and submit your own responses to be featured in the series to Rachel Beachy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Name, firm and position at firm:
Matthew Klein, Executive Director of Technical Operations, Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor
2. What is the focus of your practice?:
Currently, I don’t practice. I oversee a team of 35 utility professionals, including accountants, economists, engineers and environmental professionals who review petitions filed with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC). In short, we’re the “public defender of utility ratepayers.”
3. How long have you been practicing?:
4. How long have you been in Indy?:
A long time.
5. What do you value most about the practice of law?:
Creativity and problem-solving. Also, anticipating clients’ needs.
6. What else do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work?:
7. What position do you hold on the executive committee?:
8. What are some of your goals for the section this year? What are you most excited about for the section?:
Identifying and developing CLEs with other sections on issues of mutual interest. The issue of “government” is pervasive and found within most legal disciplines.
9. What’s one piece of advice you’ve learned from your years of experience in the field?
Be a person of character.
10. Anything else section members should know about you?
Although my background is in environmental and energy law, the most rewarding aspect of my practice has been my work in the guardianship field. Helping people who often cannot help themselves. Very rewarding.
If you would like to be featured in the Take Ten Q+A series, send your responses to the above questiosn to Rachel Beachy at email@example.com and stay tuned for future installments!