News Release
Oct. 29, 1998

DUKE ENERGY: LARA SIMMONS NICHOLS NAMED COUNSEL

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Lara Simmons Nichols has been named counsel in the legal department of Duke Energy.

Nichols will be responsible for advising the company on corporate compliance matters on behalf of the corporate divisions and the business units of the energy services section of Duke Energy.

A native of Charlotte, Nichols earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania and her law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Nichols had previously been an associate in the law firm of Kennedy Covington Lobdell and Hickman, LLP, where she practiced in the area of commercial and regulatory litigation.

Nichols serves as a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar Executive Committee and is an officer of the Friends of the Charlotte Repertory Theatre. She and her husband, Steve, live in Charlotte.

Duke Energy is a global energy company with more than $24 billion in assets. Duke Energy companies provide electric service to approximately 2 million customers; operate pipelines that deliver 12 percent of the natural gas consumed in the United States; and are leading marketers of electricity, natural gas and natural gas liquids. Globally the companies develop, own and operate energy facilities and provide engineering, management, operating and environmental services. Contact Duke Energy on the World Wide Web at http://www.duke-energy.com

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