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Colette is a member of Reed Smith’s Energy and Natural Resources Group resident in the Washington, D.C. office.* Colette is a highly regarded thought leader and practitioner in domestic and international energy sectors. Colette recently served as Commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She was nominated by President Barack Obama in August 2014, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December 2014 for a term that expired in June 2017. At the firm, Colette is a trusted advisor and counselor to several Fortune 500 energy companies, investor- owned utilities, renewable energy and technology companies.

At FERC, Honorable focused on reliability oversight of the bulk power system, cyber and physical security, oversight of wholesale markets, transmission planning and cost allocation in regional transmission organizations, gas-electric coordination, renewables integration, energy storage integration and valuation, ratemaking, infrastructure development and enforcement matters. Colette joined the FERC from the Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC), where she served beginning in October 2007, and led as Chairman from January 2011 to January 2015.


  • University of Memphis
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, J.D.

  • Arkansas

  • All State Courts - Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Eighth Circuit

  • Former Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution's Initiative on Energy and Climate 
  • Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Institute 
  • Ambassador of the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative (U.S. Department of Energy and the MIT Energy Initiative; International Clean Energy Ministerial)
  • Chair of the DC Office's Women's Initiative Network (WINRS)
  • Selected to serve as a Reed Smith Client Inclusion Leader 
  • Member of the Energy Bar Association
  • Member of the National Bar Association
  • Member of the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment
  • Member of Sustaining and Training African American Attorneys at Reed Smith (STAARS)
  • Past President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners 

Awards & Recognition

  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Energy Regulatory Law, 2020-2022
  • Ranked in Chambers USA for Nationwide Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation), 2020-2021
  • 2019 Women's Council on Energy and the Environment Woman of the Year
  • 2018 National Women in Law Award for Collaborative Leadership  
  • 2018 FRI Crystal Award for Distinguished Contribution to Energy Sector 
  • 2017 American Association of Blacks in Energy James E. Stewart Award
  • 2016 Women’s Foundation of Arkansas Inaugural Woman in Public Service Award
  • 2016 Alumnus of the Decade by the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law
  • 2015 National Bar Association Congressional Black Caucus Leadership Award
  • 2014 Induction into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame
  • 2013 Just Communities of Arkansas Humanitarian Award