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Battle Joins DC Water as General Counsel

Marc Battle, a former Pepco vice president, recently joined DC Water as its executive vice president, legal affairs and general counsel.

Battle had worked for Pepco, the electric utility for the District and the Maryland suburbs, since December 2013 as the vice president for government and external affairs, handling public policy and stakeholder relations with government officials, community leaders and business, consumer and non-profit organizations on behalf of the company. He transitioned to DC Water, the agency that provides drinking water, sewage collection, sewage treatment and maintains more than 9,000 public hydrants to the District and services wholesale wastewater treatment to adjoining municipalities in Maryland and Virginia, in November.

David L. Gadis, DC Water’s chief executive officer, said Battle will be an asset.

“We are thrilled to have Marc and his expertise here at DC Water,” Gadis said. “Marc will provide strong, fresh leadership for our legal department and help us continue to provide world-class service to our customers.”

Battle holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of the District of Columbia and a juris doctorate from the Howard University School of Law. He has worked as the senior counsel and press secretary for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), the D.C. Council’s Committee on Government Operations counsel, a litigation associate for the law firm of Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson in its New York office, assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc., and as Pepco’s associate general counsel.

Battle served on the Haledon, N.J., township council, as an appointed and then elected member.

Battle said he joined DC Water to “get back into the practice of law.”

“I also wanted to stay in the utility space and I wanted to remain local,” he said. “I think DC Water is an innovative company that has great employees that provide excellent service to its customers in the District of Columbia.”

Battle said as the general counsel, he will deal with a “breadth of legal issues.”

“Those issues include water quality, employment and real estate law as well as dealing with civil rights matters,” he said.

A board member of several nonprofits, Battle said changing employers hasn’t changed his commitment to community service.

“I recognize the importance of having an active relationship with the community and will continue to serve on boards that I am invited to join and those whose interests are similar to mine,” he said.

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