Sherry Quirk serves as executive vice president and general counsel for TVA. Quirk has responsibility for directing TVA’s legal affairs, serving as corporate secretary for the board of directors, and leading TVA as a member of the executive leadership team. Quirk is TVA’s designated agency ethics official, responsible for the administration of the enterprise ethics program. As TVA’s chief legal officer, Quirk heads the Office of General Counsel (OGC), which serves TVA through legal, regulatory, and policy support.
Hand in hand with her leaders, Quirk engaged in a top-to-bottom reorganization of the legal department to better assist business partners and to help the OGC function more like a modern corporate legal office. She is spearheading a pro bono program called Generating Justice, which is here to serve Valley residents who can’t afford legal counsel on a variety of matters, including assisting in resolving civil issues such as domestic violence, eviction, and debt relief in order to help them get (and keep) good jobs and housing. This work builds on her extensive pro bono experience prior to joining TVA. And she is currently working with her leadership to establish Contracting and Litigation Centers of Excellence. These will help TVA attorneys and business partners do their work better and more consistently across the organization.
She is leading TVA through a period of increased focus on Ethics & Compliance and has instituted more rigorous training for employees and contractors. Quirk is also unwavering in her commitment to Diversity & Inclusion, having helped establish a Diversity and Inclusion Committee to help the enterprise improve in both areas.
Prior to joining TVA, Quirk served as an equity partner in the law firm of Schiff Hardin LLP, which specializes in federal energy regulation, legislation and power supply transactions. As head of Schiff Hardin’s energy and public utilities practice group, she led a staff of over 20 attorneys in counseling energy companies on a variety of complex matters, and worked with public power entities, investor-owned utilities, rural electric cooperatives, alternative energy developers and large consumer groups.
Quirk holds a J.D. degree from the Washington College of Law at American University, and a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College. She has previously served on the board of directors for the Energy Bar Association and has been recognized as a Best Lawyer in America by Energy Law; a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer by the Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law; and a Washington, D.C., Super Lawyer by the Top 50 Women Lawyers Group.