Senior Vice President and General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at CenterPoint Energy
Dana O’Brien is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of CenterPoint Energy. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, CenterPoint is a Fortune 500 Company that includes electric transmission and distribution, natural gas distribution, and energy services operations. Ms. O’Brien and her team oversee the company’s legal affairs, regulatory and government, as well as audit services, ethics and compliance, and records management.
Ms. O’Brien came to CenterPoint Energy from CEVA Logistics, a global logistics company, where she served as chief legal officer and chief compliance officer and was a member of the executive board. She previously served as the general counsel for EGL, Inc., a predecessor company of CEVA Logistics, and Quanta Services, Inc., a leading construction and service provider to the energy and utility industries.
After completing law school, Ms. O’Brien clerked for then Justice Nathan Hecht of the Texas Supreme Court and began her legal career as a corporate associate at Weil, Gotshal and Manges, LLP.
She currently serves on the boards of Ronald McDonald House Houston, Child Advocates, Inc., and the Association of Women Attorneys (Houston) Foundation. In 2013, Ms. O’Brien received the Texas General Counsel Forum’s Magna Stella Award for Outstanding General Counsel of a large company. In 2016, Ms. O’Brien was named Best General Counsel of a Large Legal Department and was honored at the Women in Energy Leadership Awards, by the Houston Business Journal. She was also named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Oil and Gas by the Oil and Gas Diversity Counsel.
Ms. O’Brien received a bachelor’s degree cum laude from Trinity University and her law degree with honors from the University of Texas.