Finding Her Own Path to the Finish Line
Unlike many of her peers, whose careers were mostly linear, Lynn Fountain explored a path marked by zigzags before settling into her current role. After earning a master's degree in library science, she began her first career as a computer services librarian at Santa Clara University School of Law. Working in the heart of Silicon Valley, Lynn embraced what was then a new frontier in technology, eventually becoming the law school's director of information technology.
"Computer technology was just emerging as an important tool for law schools. I fell into tech because I was one of the few people at the law school willing to teach myself how to use it," Lynn says. After a decade in California, she returned to the Northeast and became IT director at the University of Connecticut School of Law. "One of the best benefits of working at UConn was the free tuition, so I decided to attend law school part time while continuing my day job, just to see if I liked it." Finishing at the top of her part-time class that first year allowed her to land a summer position at Day Pitney.
Lynn completed several energy-related assignments during that summer internship and fell in love with the energy space. She decided to quit her job and returned to law school full time, joining Day Pitney after graduation and staying with the firm until 2010. As a new associate at Day Pitney, she worked on matters ranging from a $1 billion divestiture to the development of new nuclear and renewable energy facilities.
Ready for the next zigzag, Lynn returned to UConn School of Law as faculty, where she launched the Center for Energy and Environmental Law and taught several energy-related law classes. Then came a seven-year hiatus in northern New York, where she lived on a hobby farm and worked for a small general practice law office. "It was like going back to law school again, doing work completely unrelated to anything I'd done previously, including estate law, foreclosures, real estate transactions and municipal law matters."
In 2018, Connecticut beckoned once again, and Lynn rejoined Day Pitney. Her practice today focuses on the development, acquisition and financing of energy projects and distributed energy resources. Lynn's transactional experience includes drafting and negotiating power and renewable energy credit purchase agreements; engineering, procurement and construction contracts; and operation and maintenance and other service contracts, as well as purchase and sale, joint venture and financing agreements.
"Working as a new associate in nuclear and renewable energy spurred my interest in climate change and its many implications. I now have the privilege of working in an industry that can provide solutions to what in my opinion is the defining issue of our time. I can't think of anything else I'd rather be doing."
Lynn is also passionate about client service, and she works hard to provide timely and responsive solutions for her clients.
Kathleen Carrigan, New York Transco's Vice President General Counsel and Regulatory Affairs, notes, "Lynn is very responsive to our needs, and she understands and appreciates the time pressures of the work—as well as the ever-changing needs of our company. It's been wonderful to work with her."
ENERGY AND UTILITIES
University of Connecticut School of Law, with Honors, J.D.
University of Rochester, cum laude, B.A.
Admissions: Connecticut, New York