AABANY congratulates Clara J. Ohr, General Counsel at East Coast Energy Group, on being named as a 2018 First Chair Awards Top General Counsel. The annual First Chair Awards program honors in‐house counsel from some of the country’s most recognized companies, for their accomplishments in the past year and their contributions to the legal community.

Clara J. Ohr is the General Counsel of the East Coast Energy Group, a group of energy companies covering retail natural gas and electricity supply (East Coast Power & Gas, LLC and East Coast Power Gas of New Jersey, LLC); steam boiler service (East Coast Mechanical Contracting Corp.), heating oil supply (East Coast Petroleum, Inc.), fuel oil environmental services (East Coast Environmental Services of NY Inc.), and steam boiler manufacturing (Industrial Steam Boiler Corporation).  Prior to joining East Coast, Clara was Legal Counsel and Compliance Officer for LUKOIL Pan Americas, LLC, where she oversaw all legal and compliance matters relating to the trading of crude oil and petroleum products in the Americas and Caribbean for the US-based subsidiary of LITASCO SA, the exclusive marketing and trading arm of PJSC “LUKOIL.”  Clara has also served as Assistant General Counsel – Trading at Hess Corporation; Counsel at Axiom supporting the Energy Commodities Group at Deutsche Bank AG; an Associate in the Project Finance Group at Chadbourne & Parke LLP; Transactional Counsel at the Export-Import Bank of the United States; and an Associate in the Finance Group of Kutak Rock LLP.

Clara is a past President, Treasurer, Director, and In-House Counsel Committee Co-Chair of AABANY and is currently a member of AABANY’s Advisory Committee.

Clara received her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, which included an international comparative law exchange at Uppsala University in Sweden; a Masters of Music in Piano Performance from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelors of Arts in East Asian Studies from Harvard College.

Please join us in congratulating Clara on this well-deserved recognition.