Averill Harrington Conn
Averill Harrington Conn is Senior Counsel at Vitol Inc., in Houston, Texas, where she supports Vitol’s power and renewables businesses. Prior to joining Vitol in 2021, Averill was counsel at Sidley Austin LLP. At Sidley, Averill represented clients in all phases of the financing and development of energy projects, including renewable energy projects (wind, solar and storage), thermal power generational facilities, and carbon capture facilities, with a particular emphasis on complex structured commodity and hedging arrangements and offtake agreements.
Averill began her legal career as an associate in the energy finance group at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP (now Bracewell LLP). In 2008, Averill left private practice to join Reliant Energy as Counsel, supporting origination and commercial operations. Following NRG’s acquisition of Reliant in 2009, Averill spent nearly a decade at NRG where held various roles within NRG’s legal department, including acting as primary legal counsel for EVgo, a nationwide electric vehicle services company, and Petra Nova, NRG’s innovative carbon capture and enhanced oil recovery project in Fort Bend County. In 2014, Averill’s work on Petra Nova was recognized by the Texas General Counsel’s Forum, who named her as a finalist for the Magna Stella Awards in the Major Transaction category.
Averill graduated with a B.A. cum laude from Yale University, where she majored in Classical Civilization, and received her J.D. with honors from the University of Texas.
Averill and her husband David have two young sons, Graham (age 11) and Jamie (age 9). In her limited free time, Averill enjoys reading, playing tennis, and binge-watching English period dramas like The Crown and Bridgerton.