Mr Herschmann served as counsel for Southern Union since 1996, was named national litigation counsel for the company in 1999 and served as the company’s interim general counsel from January 2005 through October 2007.

Mr Herschmann has been involved in the company’s transactional activity since Southern Union’s sale of its Texas local distribution company to Oneok in 2003. In particular, Mr Herschmann worked on the company’s Panhandle Energy and CrossCountry Energy pipeline acquisitions in 2003 and 2004, respectively, and the acquisition of the Sid Richardson gathering and processing business in 2006.

George Lindemann, chairman and CEO of Southern Union, said: Eric’s business and legal acumen, coupled with his deep knowledge of the company and the natural gas industry, have added tremendous value to Southern Union. We look forward to his future contributions in this critical leadership role.