Nicole Russell

Trading Counsel Solutions

Owner, Director and Trading Counsel

About

Nicole W. Russell is Owner, Director and Trading Counsel at Trading Counsel Solutions, a firm focused on providing innovative, practical and affordable legal advisement to energy trading clients.

Ms. Russell has practiced law in-house with a variety of commodity trading market participants including a utility, a large energy trader with the largest power and gas footprint in the Northeast, an investment bank, an oil major and several large trading houses.   With 15 years of in-house experience Ms. Russell provides real-time pragmatic and knowledgeable advisement to trade-floor clients. 

Ms. Russell has a wide depth of transactional experience ranging from structured supply and trading and asset management arrangements, joint ventures, project and trade finance facilities to master agreement negotiation.  Ms. Russell has experience with multiple commodities including natural gas, power, crude oil, refined products, natural gas liquids, emissions credits and derivatives products.  Ms. Russell’s multi-commodity background extends to infrastructure and operational advisement including transmission, pipeline, storage, truck, rail and demand response products.  Ms. Russell has built global compliance programs for Hess Corporation, Mitsui Energy Risk Management and Mercuria Energy Trading, Inc. and its affiliates.

Ms. Russell has experience with a variety of power markets including ERCOT and PJM and with global natural gas transactions.  Ms. Russell has drafted template documentation and negotiated ISDAs, NAESBs, EEIs, LEAP Purchase and Sale Agreements and EFET Agreements, including NBP and ZBT annexes, internationally. 

In addition, Ms. Russell has extensive experience with oil and refined products general terms and conditions and related transportation and structuring issues.

Ms. Russell is a graduate of Tulane University Law School, Cum Laude and is barred in New York, Georgia and Louisiana.    She is a founding member of the Women’s Network for Energy Environment and Transportation, a founding board member of the Chicago Chapter of the Women’s Energy Network and the annual co-chair of the American Conference Institute’s Women Leaders in Energy and Environmental Law Conference.