Edwards to serve as new GRDA General Counsel


Vinita – Grand River Dam Authority Chief Executive Officer/Director of Investments Dan Sullivan has announced that Ellen Edwards has joined GRDA as the Authority’s new General Counsel. She began her duties on December 1.

 Edwards comes to GRDA from the Oklahoma Insurance Department where she had served as Deputy General Counsel since January 2011. Prior to that, she was Of Counsel with the Conner & Winters firm. She has also served as a member of the Oklahoma Workers Compensation Advisory Council and, from 1996 to 2008, served as an Oklahoma Workers Compensation Court Judge.

“We are honored to have someone with the breadth of experience that Ellen Edwards brings to GRDA as general counsel,” said Sullivan. “As an experienced litigator, worker’s compensation judge and Counsel for the Oklahoma Insurance Department, Ellen brings the background and experience needed to successfully lead our legal department. I am grateful for her service to the State of Oklahoma and look forward to her significant contributions as GRDA General Counsel.”

 Edwards earned her Juris Doctorate from the University Of Oklahoma College Of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from Colorado College. She replaces outgoing GRDA General Counsel Gretchen Zumwalt-Smith whose resignation was effective December 1. Zumwalt-Smith had led the GRDA Legal Department since 2006.

 Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is a non-appropriated state agency, funded by revenues from the sale of electricity and water. GRDA generates, transmits and sells electricity to Oklahoma municipalities, electric cooperatives and industrial customers, as well as off-system customers across a four-state region. GRDA also manages nearly 70,000 surface acres of lake waters in Oklahoma (Grand Lake, Lake Hudson, and W.R. Holway Reservoir).

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