Helfrich, Austin join OEC to form new legal department

Helfrich, Austin

Kurt Helfrich and Michael Austin have been named general counsel and senior counsel, respectively, at Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives. Together, Helfrich and Austin form OEC’s new internal legal department.

Helfrich comes to OEC following a 19-year tenure at Thompson Hine LLP, during which he served as outside counsel to OEC. In his new role, he will oversee OEC’s legal department.

In his position, Austin will advise Buckeye Power and Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives and their affiliated companies on a variety of matters, including financing, regulation, and corporate governance. He served as an associate at Thompson Hine LLP from 2014 to 2017, and worked for ReliabilityFirst Corporation from 2009 to 2013.