Kathy Patton is the vice president, associate general counsel - regulatory for GridLiance, an independent electric transmission utility company. In this role, she oversees GridLiance regulatory attorneys and takes the lead role in California Independent System Operator Corp. (CAISO) and Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) matters.
Patton has extensive experience in the energy industry. Patton served as senior director of trading compliance at Calpine Corporation prior to joining GridLiance. Before that, she served as vice president and general counsel for Clean Line Energy Partners, LLC, where she was lead counsel for development and regulatory approval of its transmission projects. Patton joined Clean Line after serving as deputy general counsel for Allegheny Energy, Inc. There she shepherded the development and regulatory approval of a $1 billion 500-kV transmission line in PJM Interconnection LLC, a regional transmission organization (RTO). Patton gained additional experience working with RTOs as senior vice president and general counsel for Illinois Power Company.
Patton earned a Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Admitted to practice in Washington, DC and Texas, Patton also is a certified public accountant in Texas. Patton serves as vice president of the Houston Chapter of the Energy Bar Association.