Lynda Cooney directs the award-winning energy legal search team at Variant Partners. In addition to the energy industry, Variant’s Executive Search practice is national in scope and addresses many industry sectors.

Lynda’s team is the only one in the country exclusive to in-house legal roles in the energy industry. The energy industry’s legal needs are unique. Lynda’s team has dedicated itself to knowing every energy practice attorney in the US. Over the past fifteen years the team has grown to include additional support recruiters and its own admin staff.

As they say, it’s who you know more than what you know. What sets Lynda apart is her genuine interest in each person’s professional and personal motivations. She partners with GC’s and legal team managers to find the specific person to align with the Company’s legal strategy and broader industry trends. 


Lynda is also part of the Executive Team at Variant Partners that collaborates on the company’s strategy.

She serves as Events Chair of Advancing Women in Energy and is on the Education Counsel of the Energy Bar Association.

Lynda holds a Master of Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University and Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University.

Lynda Cooney

Energy Practice Leader, Variant Partners

Events Committee Chair, AWE