Mr. Kershner focuses his practice in energy and corporate law, including acquisitions and divestitures of energy assets and other commercial matters for national and international corporations.
Serving 25 years as in-house counsel, he most recently was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of CMS Energy Corporation, a Fortune 500 energy holding company. Mr. Kershner's experience includes many aspects of the energy industry, including electric power production, oil and gas, and federal and state regulation.
Mr. Kershner has led acquisitions and divestitures of enterprises valued in excess of $1 billion and has managed corporate and project finance transactions and formation and financing of new business enterprises. He has supported businesses in 20 foreign countries and has extensive experience in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. As a member of the executive management team of CMS Energy, Mr. Kershner advised its Board of Directors and sat on boards of the company's largest subsidiaries. Mr. Kershner's present practice focuses on production of conventional and alternative energy, energy infrastructure investment, formulation of energy policy and representation of energy consumers before regulatory agencies.
Mr. Kershner is a vice chair of both the Electricity Committee and the Renewable Energy Committee of the American Bar Association's Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law Section and a member of the Section's Council Group. He is a member of the Section Council of the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and chairs that section's Energy Committee. Mr. Kershner is a former member and Chairman of the Board of Control of Michigan Technological University, as well as chair of its finance and audit committee.
Mr. Kershner has been invited to speak on topics such as raising capital for renewable energy projects, partnership and joint venture formation, energy opportunities in the U.S. for foreign investors, utility deregulation, project finance, privatization, and valuation of utility property. He holds a B.S. in finance from Wayne State University and a J.D., cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law.