McGinnis Lochridge is pleased to announce that Melissa Salhab Sykes has been elected to the Board of Directors for SCG Legal, a worldwide network of 122 leading independent law firms serving clients in major commercial centers and capitals in more than 62 countries, every U.S. state capital city and the District of Columbia. Firms in SCG’s network are unified by a culture of premier legal practices and industry leadership; an elevated dedication to client service and responsiveness; a commitment to diversity and inclusion; and a devotion to transparent, innovative, and fair billing practices.

Melissa was elected to the 15-member Board from among 12,000+ attorneys in the SCG global community and will serve a three-year term. As a Director, she will play a key leadership role in strategic planning, program development, and firm recruitment and retention. Her efforts will ensure SCG Legal continues to grow strategically, enabling members to best serve clients through a trusted referral system of experienced and politically connected attorneys and professionals including former government officials such as ministers, members of congress, governors, mayors, attorneys general, and legislative and administrative agency leaders.

“Melissa is a proven leader in SCG Legal’s network, offering first-hand experience to member firms and their clients on how to operate seamless across borders,” said Alina Gorokhovsky, CEO of SCG Legal. “As a member of our Board of Directors, Melissa unique perspective will underpin the continued growth and innovation of benefits the network offers to its members and their clients.”

Melissa has more than 25 years of experience in the electric energy industry. She has extensive experience representing electric cooperatives and municipally-owned utilities across the state of Texas in business transactions, including developing and negotiating wholesale and retail power supply contracts, electric facilities purchase and sales transactions, electric utility product supply chain alliance agreements, municipal franchise agreements, wind and solar lease transactions, and debt financing and restructuring transactions. Melissa also advises electric cooperatives on corporate governance matters and cooperative policies and tariffs.


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