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James Gallegos
James Gallegos, Esq.
James Gallegos
Vice President and General Counsel
Alliant Energy Corporation
James Gallegos Jim Gallegos joined Alliant Energy in 2010 as its Vice President and General Counsel. Prior to Alliant, Gallegos served as Vice President and Corporate General Counsel for Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Corporation, and was responsible for corporate compliance and transactions, financings, public disclosure, and governance and board matters.
Gallegos started his career with Burlington Northern as a market analyst after graduating from the University of Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in business in 1983. After graduating from the University of Minnesota School of Law in 1990, Gallegos clerked for U.S. Federal District Court Judge Richard Bilby in Tucson, Arizona. In 1991, he joined the U.S. Department of Justice as a trial lawyer in the criminal section of the Civil Rights Division. He tried cases before federal juries and grand juries throughout the country.  

In 1995, Gallegos left Washington D.C. for Denver to join US WEST Inc. as a senior attorney, responsible for regulatory and legislative activities in Colorado and New Mexico. He was promoted to director of public policy in 1997, and after the company merged with Qwest in 2000, he was named associate general counsel. In 2002, he was promoted to serve as Quest's vice president of legal affairs.  

Hispanic Business magazine selected Gallegos as one of its "2009 Corporate Elite," made up of 25 top executives who maintained their professional leadership throughout the nation's financial crisis. The magazine also recognized Gallegos in 2007 as one of its "100 Most Influential Hispanics."