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Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP is pleased to announce that Kari Evans Bennett has joined the firm's Energy and Utilities Law practice group in the Indianapolis office.

Kari brings a wealth of experience serving clients in the areas of energy, utilities, and related environmental law issues gained through a variety of significant roles in the private and public sectors over the past 30 years.

"We are thrilled to have Kari join the group," said Phillip A. (Phil) Casey, Co-Chair of Calfee's Energy and Utilities practice group and Partner-in-Charge of the Indianapolis office. "With Kari’s impressive experience comes an incredible perspective few others can offer. Her expertise is a solid value-add for our clients."

Calfee's Energy and Utilities Law practice group provides clients with strategic support based on decades of experience, a track record of success at the state and federal levels, public policy advocacy, and deep transactional experience. Our clients have included a broad range of investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities, regional transmission organizations, telecommunication entities, pipeline companies, coal companies, investors, lenders, renewable resource developers, and utility customers.

"I’m confident our present and future clients in the Midwest will benefit from Kari’s excellent regulatory experience and government relations acumen, and I’m looking forward to working with Kari at Calfee," stated James F. (Jim) Lang, Co-Chair of the Energy and Utilities practice group.

Prior to joining Calfee, Kari served as Commissioner for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, General Counsel for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Policy Director for Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, and as an attorney and Environmental Manager for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. In the private sector, she previously served as President of Aqua Indiana, Inc. Executive Director of External Affairs and Senior Corporate Counsel and Senior Director of Program Strategy at the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. (MISO), and as an attorney with Barnes & Thornburg LLP. In the nonprofit sector, Kari serves as Director of Land Development and Production for Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County. She volunteers and serves as a board member with Indiana Canine Assistant Network and on the Land Acquisition Committee for Brown County Habitat for Humanity. An avid hiker and kayaker, Kari spends most weekends exploring southern Indiana's forests and creeks.

Kari earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School and her bachelor's degree in Environmental Science and Philosophy, cum laude, from Miami University (Ohio). 

"I'm excited by the opportunity to expand on the solid foundation Calfee has built in Indiana and further grow the Energy and Utilities practice throughout the Midwest," said Kari Evans Bennett.

About Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP is a full-service corporate law firm with 160 attorneys and professionals and six offices in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, New York, and Washington, D.C. Calfee serves clients in the Midwest, nationally and globally in the areas of Business Restructuring and Insolvency, Corporate and Finance, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, Energy and Utilities, Estate and Succession Planning and Administration, Government Relations and Legislation, Intellectual Property, Investment Management Law, Labor and Employment, Litigation, and Real Estate Law. Calfee has been recognized as a leading law firm by the Chambers USA 2023 Legal Guide nationally in Government Relations: State & Local; in Indiana in Energy & Natural Resources; and in Ohio in Antitrust, Banking & Finance, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Corporate/M&A, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, Energy & Natural Resources, Environment, Insurance: Policyholder, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Litigation: General Commercial, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, and Real Estate Law and by Chambers 2022 High Net Worth Guide in Private Wealth Law. A founding member of Lex Mundi, Calfee offers international representation through a network of independent law firms with access to 22,000 attorneys located in more than 125 countries. Additional information is available at


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