Charles A. Attal III was promoted to Vice President-General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer for TECO Energy Inc. in July 2007. He joined TECO Energy as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel on September 17, 2001. In his current position, Mr. Attal is responsible for the legal affairs of the TECO group of companies. Aside from his management responsibilities, Mr. Attal performs legal work in the areas of general corporate, mergers and acquisitions, project development and finance, energy marketing and trading, derivative trading and general commercial matters.
Immediately prior to joining TECO Energy, Mr. Attal was Of Counsel to the Atlanta-based law firm of Troutman Sanders LLP from May 2000 until August 2001. While at Troutman, Mr. Attal focused his practice on Project Finance and Development in the energy industry as well as Energy Marketing and Trading and Derivatives.
Mr. Attal spent the first 15 years of his legal career in various positions at Mobil Oil Corp. He began as Corporate Counsel for Mobil at its headquarters in New York City and then in Fairfax, Virginia, before undertaking an assignment as Senior Legal Advisor for Mobil Oil Singapore Pte. Ltd. in Singapore, where he advised Mobil companies with regard to marketing, refining and transactional matters in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. He then was promoted to European Counsel for Mobil Europe Ltd. in London, England, where he advised Mobil's senior European Management regarding Mobil's operations in 19 European countries.
Mr. Attal then was promoted to Director and General Counsel for Mobil Oil Hong Kong Ltd., where he managed the legal department and advised the Board of Directors regarding transactions involving foreign investment in the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, as well as various commercial matters in the region. Mr. Attal returned to Mobil's headquarters in Fairfax to undertake a new assignment as Mobil's lead counsel for global oil trading, risk management and oil pipeline movements and transactions in the U.S., a position he held until joining Troutman Sanders LLP in Atlanta.
Mr. Attal received his J.D. in 1985 from the University of South Carolina, where he was an Articles Editor for the South Carolina Law Review, a member of the Order of the Coif and a member of the Wig and Robe. Mr. Attal was awarded an Eagleton Fellowship by the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University and received his M.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University in 1982. He received his B.A. in Political Science and in Philosophy in 1981 from the University of South Carolina, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Mr. Attal is admitted to practice law in New York and in Georgia and is an Authorized in House Counsel in Florida. He also is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and for the Northern District of Georgia. Since January 2004, Mr. Attal has served on the Board of Trustees of the Lowry Park Zoological Society.