Greg Butler '88, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Northeast Utilities System, will visit campus as this semester's Alumnus in Residence on Tuesday, April 5.
Butler is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Northeast Utilities System, a utility holding company for the Connecticut Light & Power Co., Western Massachusetts Electric Co., Public Service Co. of New Hampshire and Yankee Gas Services Co. with approximately 1.9 million customers, revenues of approximately $5.8 billion and 6,200 employees. Late last year, Northeast Utilities announced it was merging with NSTAR, a Massachusetts-based utility, in a $4.3 billion deal that created the New England's largest utility.
Butler heads a team of 40 lawyers and 18 staff. Nearly 60 percent of the utility's legal work is handled in-house, with the rest performed by outside counsel.
"We are a full-service law firm, and we have the full range of cases," said Butler.
He outsources matters that demand extra resources or present legal issues the department hasn't handled before.
While a student at Albany Law School, he was the recipient of the Best Brief Award, Gabrielli Moot Court Competition. He is also a former member of the Government Law Center Advisory Board.
Butler was a member of the Transition Steering Committee for Connecticut Governor-Elect Dan Malloy this fall, and he is a board member of the Northeast Utilities Foundation; Connecticut Corporation for Public Broadcasting-New England Council; Mark Twain House and Museum; Connecticut Health Foundation; and the Naismith National Basketball Hall of Fame. He is Vice Chairman, Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity and a Member of the Energy Bar Association.
Butler was named Humanitarian of the Year, Greater Waterbury National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), in 2002.
Butler is married to the Rev. Nancy Carroll Butler and has two daughters, Elizabeth (Liza), 23, and Sarah, 20.