Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Jim Gallegos is Executive Vice President – General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Alliant Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: LNT). He joined the company in 2010, with more than 20 years of experience practicing in the legal, legislative and regulatory areas.

Jim started at Alliant Energy as Vice President and General Counsel and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2014. A year later, he was also named the Corporate Secretary. In 2020, Jim was named Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. His expanded responsibilities also include oversight of business planning, strategy development, environmental services, new resource development, energy supply and generation markets.

At the company, Jim is responsible for ensuring Alliant Energy can successfully implement its legislative and regulatory strategic plans. Under his leadership, the regulatory, public affairs and legal team plays a pivotal role in the company’s rate case discussions, the company’s Clean Energy Blueprint plans and overarching corporate Strategy.

Prior to joining Alliant Energy, Jim served as the Vice President and Corporate General Counsel for one of North America’s leading freight transportation companies. Previous to that role, Jim attained extensive regulatory and legal experience as legal counsel for one of the largest telecommunications carriers in the United States. In addition, Jim has extensive litigation experience starting when he was a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice and law clerk for a Federal District Court Judge.

Jim takes great pride in the company’s focus on diversity and its commitment to investing and developing employees. Jim serves as the Executive Sponsor of the Equality Alliance Employee Resource Group, which promotes a safe and inclusive workplace, enabling all employees to bring their authentic self to work to reach their full potential. He seeks to understand employee-identified obstacles and define solutions that remove institutional barriers. This enables employees to be themselves and feel comfortable in their work environment.

At Alliant Energy, Jim chairs the Foundation Board of Directors. Outside of work, Jim serves as Chair on the Clean Lakes Alliance Board of Directors. Previously, he was on the Board of Urban League and on the Board of Edgewood College. Jim is passionate about the synergies between the organizations’ missions and the work at Alliant Energy, including protecting natural resources, education and ensuring a diverse point of view.

Jim received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of Colorado and a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law Center, where he graduated Cum Laude.


2020 – Present Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

2015 – 2020 Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

2014 – 2015 Senior Vice President and General Counsel

2010 – 2014 Vice President and General Counsel

2003 – 2010 Vice President & Corporate General Counsel, Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Corporation

1995 – 2003 Positions Held – Qwest Communications International Inc.

  • Vice President, Legal Affairs; Global Wholesale Markets, Consumer Mass Markets, Bankruptcy
  • Corporate Counsel
  • Interconnection Wholesale Advice and Transactions
  • Director, Public Policy
  • Senior Attorney, Regulatory Section

1991 – 1995 Trial Attorney, Criminal Section, Civil Rights Division, Honors Program, U. S. Department of Justice

1990 – 1991 Law Clerk to the Honorable Richard M. Bilby, U.S. Federal District Court, District of Arizona

1986 – 1987 Market Analyst, SOO Line Railroad

1983 – 1986 Market Analyst, Burlington Northern Railroad

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