Martha Wyrsch

“Take advantage of the terrific team of professors and professionals available to you at GW Law to help you network and build relationships in the energy industry.”
Martha Wyrsch
“Take advantage of the terrific team of professors and professionals available to you at GW Law to help you network and build relationships in the energy industry.”

Martha Wyrsch

JD ’86

Martha Wyrsch, JD ’86, has had an enviable career in the field of environmental and energy law. Currently, she serves as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Sempra Energy, a San Diego-based Fortune 500 energy holding company whose subsidiaries provide electricity, natural gas, and value-added products and services. She has been President of Vestas American Wind Systems and Chair of the Vestas North American Regional Council. Before that, she served nearly 10 years at Duke Energy and its spinoff, Spectra Energy Corporation, in positions ranging from Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs and Deputy Counsel to Group Vice President and General Counsel. In 2005, she moved to Duke Energy Gas Transmission as its President and CEO, and subsequently, she became President and CEO of Spectra Energy Transmission. Previously, she held positions at a law firm and with Senator Alan K. Simpson as his chief liaison and legislative assistant to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Ms. Wyrsch advises students looking to pursue a career in energy law to “find an area of the energy industry that you are passionate about and learn everything you can about the companies and businesses that support that segment of the industry. This will help you understand where you can be of value to those companies and to the law firms and other businesses that provide services to those energy companies. Then, take advantage of the terrific team of professors and professionals available to you at GW Law to help you network and build relationships in the energy industry—they are very well respected and can help you. Finally, be flexible and open minded about considering opportunities and possibilities—you never know how the dots may connect over the course of your career!”