Paul Kaleta, First Solar

Executive Vice President & General Counsel


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Since March 2014, Paul Kaleta has served as Executive Vice President & General Counsel of First Solar, one of the leading solar manufacturers, developers, and EPC Contractors worldwide.

Prior to joining First Solar, Mr. Kaleta was Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Shared Services & Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer, for NV Energy, Inc., which was acquired by Berkshire Hathaway’s Energy Group in December 2013. Previously, he served as Vice President and General Counsel for Koch Industries, Inc., one of the world’s largest privately held companies with diverse businesses worldwide, including refining, petrochemicals and commodity trading. He also served in a number of legal and leadership roles for Koch companies. Before joining Koch, Mr. Kaleta was Vice President and General Counsel of Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation (now part of National Grid). In private practice, Mr. Kaleta was an equity partner in the Washington D.C. law firm Swidler & Berlin and an associate in the Washington D.C. office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. He also served as a federal judicial law clerk.

Mr. Kaleta is the founding Chair of the Las Vegas Chapter of the “I Have a Dream Foundation” and has served as an adjunct professor of energy law and business ethics and leadership, among other professional and community activities. He holds a juris doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor's degree from Hamilton College.