Lynda Cooney

lynda cooney energy recruiting practice lead

Director - Energy Practice

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Lynda is the Director of Variant Partners’ Energy practice. Our practice has been exclusive to legal positions in energy companies since 2003, and, due to client demand, our practice has expanded to service the regulatory functions, as well.

Through the years we’ve built an extensive proprietary legal network: we know more energy industry attorneys than there are on LinkedIn. When we start a search we use our connections to systematically and confidentially reach out to each and every individual in the country who has the background we’re searching for while our research team simultaneously makes sure we haven’t missed anyone – our goal is to leave no stone unturned!

Lynda has been nationally recognized year after year for her performance and her team’s excellence. What sets her apart is her genuine interest in each person’s professional and personal motivations. She partners with general counsels and legal team managers to find the specific person to align with the Company’s legal strategy and broader industry trends.

Lynda is a Certified Senior Account Manager (CSAM) through MRINetwork. She is also an active member of the Energy Bar Association (EBA) and Advancing Women in Energy (AWE). In August 2020, she was added to the AWE Board of Directors. She is also the board member of Ohio Community Initiatives for the Women’s Energy Network (WEN).

Lynda earned her MA degree in History from Eastern Michigan University. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, performing arts, and spending time with family.

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In-House Legal Search


  • Upstream Exploration & Production
  • Oil & Gas Pipelines
  • Midstream
  • Investor owned utilities
  • Transmission Owners
  • RTO/ ISO
  • Merchant Generators
  • Energy Trading and Marketing
  • Infrastructure Developers
  • Renewable Energy


  • In-house Legal Practice Areas:
    • FERC Regulatory and Compliance
    • State Regulatory and Compliance
    • Energy Commodity Trading
    • Commercial Transactional
    • Project Development and Project Finance
    • Oil and Gas Transactions
    • Nuclear/NRC
    • PHMSA
    • SEC Reporting and Governance
    • Environmental
    • Labor and Employment
  • Regulatory Functions:
    • Regulatory & External Affairs
    • Government Affairs & Lobbying
    • Regulatory Accountants & Economists
    • Forecasting
    • Market design
    • State and FERC rates and tariffs
    • Cost of service & Return on Revenue
    • Finance & Financial reporting
    • Project Certificates & Permitting
    • NERC standards and compliance
    • Environmental & ESG

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