New top lawyer named at ConocoPhillips

ConocoPhillips has a new general counsel, announcing the appointment of Baker Botts corporate transactional partner Kelly Brunetti Rose of Houston to the job.

Prior to the appointment, Rose had represented ConocoPhillips and other major oil and gas companies in numerous billion-dollar mergers,  acquisitions, joint ventures and securities offering.

Rose replaced Janet Langford Carrig who retired as the general counsel to ConocoPhillips. Carrig joined ConocoPhillip as deputy general counsel in 2006 and became the chief legal officer a year later.

As general counsel, Rose will control nearly 80 lawyers in the company’s corporate legal department. She is a 1991 graduate of the University of Florida Fredric Levin College of Law. She spent her entire 27-year career at Baker Botts.

Rose is also the latest in a growing trend of firms hiring general counsels from outside the firms rather than promoting someone from within the company.