Title: Of Counsel
Company: Duane Morris LLP
Location: Washington, D.C., United States
Sheila S. Hollis, Of Counsel at Duane Morris LLP, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in energy and environmental law.
Upon receiving a Bachelor of Science in journalism, cum laude, from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1970, Ms. Hollis went on to attain a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Denver College of Law in 1973. Today, she is admitted to practice in Washington, D.C. and Colorado, as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court. Specializing in energy and environmental law and policy, Ms. Hollis has excelled as of counsel and chair of the Washington, D.C. office for Duane Morris LLP since 2020 and 2004, respectively. She previously served the firm as the managing partner from 1997 to 2004, a member of the partner’s board from 1997 to 2017 and a member of the executive committee from 2003 to 2013.
At the start of her legal career, Ms. Hollis was a trial attorney for the Federal Power Commission in 1974 and 1975 and was an associate at Wilner & Scheiner from 1975 to 1977. Until 1980, she served as the first director of the enforcement office at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission before taking on the role as a partner at Vinson & Elkins in 1987, remaining until 1992. From there, Ms. Hollis flourished as a senior partner at Metzger, Hollis, Gordon & Alprin from 1992 to 1997 and as the founder and chair of the Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources Practice Group.
A fellow of the American Bar Association, Ms. Hollis is chair of the standing committee to the Law Library of Congress through the American Bar Association and acting executive director of the U.S. Energy Association. Presently, she also holds membership with numerous organizations, including the American Law Institute, American College of Environmental Lawyers, Federal Bar Association, D.C. Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association and Energy Bar Association. Ms. Hollis is also a member of the International Women’s Forum, Women’s Foreign Policy Group, International Bar Association, Commercial Bar of England and Wales, Center for American and International Law and Oil and Gas Educational Institute.
Finding great success throughout the course of her career, Ms. Hollis was identified as a Trailblazer by the American Bar Association and One of the Women Who Changed American Law in 2015. To add to her feats, she was the recipient of the Paul Nordstrom Service Award from the Energy Bar Association and the Outstanding International Law Alumni Award from the Nanda Center for International Law and Policy of the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver Law School. To attest to her legacy, Ms. Hollis can also be found in numerous editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who In Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in the World.
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