Kinder Morgan Inc. (stock ticker: KMI) said that the company’s general counsel, James Curtis “Curt” Moffatt, passed away on December 28th. Moffatt suffered a cardiac arrest while spending the holidays with his family, according to a statement by Kinder Morgan.

“Curt was a leading figure in the energy bar, and his contributions to the energy sector and to federal law and policy are legion,” said KMI CEO Steve Kean. “Curt served KMI well for decades, both as an outside adviser and, for the last five years, as a full-time employee. More importantly, he was a dear friend and a mentor to many. He will be greatly missed.”

Kean said that Moffatt had announced his retirement previously and the company had started a search for his successor.

Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Adam Forman will serve as Interim General Counsel, the company said.

J. Curtis Moffatt

J. Curtis Moffatt

Kinder Morgan General Counsel Curt Moffatt passed away Dec. 28, 2018.

Curt Moffatt is the Vice President and General Counsel of Kinder Morgan, one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America. Mr. Moffatt joined the company in January 2014 assuming general counsel responsibilities for Kinder Morgan’s Natural Gas Pipelines Group, which includes approximately 70,000 miles of gas-related transportation infrastructure. Prior to joining the company, he was a partner at the Washington, D.C. based law firm Van Ness Feldman and represented the Kinder Morgan transmission companies as outside counsel for many years.

Mr. Moffatt began his legal career as the legal advisor to the Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Throughout his career, he has represented energy clients before state and federal regulatory commissions, courts and legislative bodies. He combines a political background with strategic thinking and a thorough understanding of the legal issues involved in project development, regulatory compliance and corporate restructuring. Substantive areas of focus for Mr. Moffatt’s legal career have involved energy development projects and public policy issues facing natural gas, electricity, renewables and energy efficiency industries.

Working directly with senior management at Kinder Morgan, Mr. Moffatt continues to provide not only counsel in rulemaking, individual rate and certificate, and confidential enforcement proceedings, but also strategic advice on a variety of issues faced by energy companies today.

Mr. Moffatt received a J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University.

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