Justin C. Bird
Vice President & Gas Infrastructure Special Counsel
Justin C. Bird is vice president and gas infrastructure special counsel for Sempra Energy, a San Diego-based Fortune 500 energy services holding company whose subsidiaries provide electricity, natural gas and value-added products and services. The Sempra Energy companies' 17,000 employees serve more than 32 million consumers worldwide.
In this position, he leads the company’s response to regulatory and litigation activity related to the operation of SoCalGas’ Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field.
Previously, Bird served as vice president, compliance and governance and corporate secretary for Sempra Energy, where he directed the company’s ethics and compliance programs and also acted as chief governance officer and corporate secretary.
From 2012 to 2014, he was director of project finance for Sempra Energy, where he managed the successful $7.4 billion financing of Cameron LNG, the proposed liquefaction export terminal in Hackberry, Louisiana, as well as several other significant financings.
From 2004 to 2012, Bird held positions as counsel, senior counsel and principal attorney, working on a wide range of business transactions for Sempra Energy and its subsidiaries. Prior to joining the company in 2004, he was an attorney at Latham & Watkins LLP, where he specialized in energy project development and finance.
Bird serves as a board member of the Corporate Director’s Forum, which provides board-focused peer networking and director education in corporate governance.
Bird earned a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a member of the school’s Law Review, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Arizona State University, where he graduated summa cum laude.