James Gallegos ('90) to Head Alliant Energy Legal
NOVEMBER 5, 2010—James H. Gallegos ('90) has been selected the new vice president and general counsel at Alliant Energy Corp. He will replace Barbara J. Swan, who is retiring from the position, and assume oversight of the company's legal team on Nov. 8.
In Alliant's press release announcing his acceptance of the position, Gallegos said he was impressed with the company's operations and its "focus on what's important for customers and the staff of competent and dedicated lawyers" he will be leading.
Gallegos joins Alliant from Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Corp., where he was vice president and corporate general counsel since 2003, responsible for corporate compliance and transactions, financings, public disclosure, and governance and board matters. Earlier, he had worked for Burlington Northern for three years as a market analyst following his 1983 graduation from the University of Colorado with a B.A. in business.
After graduating from the Law School in 1990, Gallegos clerked for U.S. Federal District Court Judge Richard Bilby in Tucson, Ariz. In 1991, he joined the U.S. Department of Justice as a trial lawyer in the criminal section of the Civil Rights Division. He tried cases before federal juries and grand juries throughout the country.
In 1995, he left Washington D.C. for Denver to join US WEST Inc. as a senior attorney, responsible for regulatory and legislative activities in Colorado and New Mexico. He was promoted to director of public policy in 1997, and after company merged with Qwest in 2000, he was named associate general counsel. In 2002, he was promoted to Quest's vice president of legal affairs.
Hispanic Business magazine selected Gallegos as one of its "2009 Corporate Elite," made up of 25 top executives who maintained their professional leadership throughout the nation's financial crisis. The magazine also recognized Gallegos in 2007 as one of its "100 Most Influential Hispanics."
Alliant Energy Corp., headquartered in Madison, Wis., is a public utility holding company that provides electric and natural gas service to more than 1.4 million customers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. It employees nearly 6,000 people and at the end of 2009 had an operating revenue of $3.4 billion.