On July 9, the law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP said that former firm chair Lon Bouknight will return to the firm as a partner in the Electric Power Group. He will be based in Washington, D.C., the firm’s headquarters, Steptoe said.

Previously, Bouknight was a partner at the firm from 1994 to 2005, and from 2008 to 2009, Steptoe said.

Most recently, he was executive vice president and general counsel for Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE: PEG), the firm said, noting that from 2005 to 2008, he was executive vice president and general counsel for Edison International (NYSE: EIX).

Bouknight first joined Steptoe in 1994 and led the Electric Power Group, the firm added.

In the Electric Power Group, Bouknight’s clients included private-equity investors and international companies, the firm said.

“Lon is simply one of the best energy lawyers to have ever practiced in this field, with unmatched judgment and effectiveness. His reassuring presence, sound judgment and business acumen have made him a leader throughout his career,” said, Phil West, Steptoe’s chair.

“Lon’s tenure as general counsel at two of the most respected energy companies in the country provides him with a unique insight into the legal and business challenges faced by today’s energy industry,” he added.

“It is such a pleasure to be returning to Steptoe, which is like a second home to me,” said Bouknight.

“Steptoe’s energy practice is comprised of some of the most talented lawyers in the industry, and I am looking forward to reteaming with my old friends and colleagues as well as working with new partners who have joined the firm in my absence, such as former [Federal Energy Regulatory Commission] Commissioner Marc Spitzer,” Bouknight added.

Bouknight holds a law degree from Duke University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in history from Wofford College, the firm said.

Previously he was a chair of the Antitrust and Electricity Committees of the American Bar Association’s Public Utility Communications and Transportation Law section, the firm said.