John Wander joined Talen Energy in June 2023 as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. In this position he leads the Company’s Legal and Regulatory and External Affairs functions, oversees corporate governance, and serves as the primary point of contact for its Board of Directors.
Mr. Wander has nearly 30 years of experience in commercial law with cases primarily pertaining to finance, accounting, and shareholder issues. Prior to joining Talen, he served as Partner – Shareholder Litigation & Enforcement for Vinson & Elkins and as the firm’s General Counsel. Since joining the firm in 1994, he worked on some of its most high-profile, high-stakes litigation matters, and focused his practice on commercial litigation in the accounting, securities, manufacturing, and insurance industries, routinely representing issuers and accounting firms before the Securities & Exchange Commission. He also tried numerous corporate governance cases in the Delaware Chancery Court. Mr. Wander variously held several leadership positions, including Managing Partner of the Dallas office, Co-Department Head of Litigation and Regulatory, Co-Practice Group Leader of Complex Commercial Litigation, and a member of the Management Committee.
Throughout his career, Mr. Wander has received a variety of accolades including multi-year recognition from Chambers USA in the areas of Litigation: Securities (Texas) from 2014–2022 and Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations from 2017–2022. He also was named one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” by D Magazine, one of The Best Lawyers in America® Commercial Litigation (Dallas) by BL Rankings, LLC from 2013–2023, as a top attorney in Texas from 2011–2020 and 2022 by Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), and as a member of its Texas Rising Stars list from 2004–2006. He also was named to the Global Investigations Review (GIR) 100 in 2020.
A graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, Mr. Wander received his Juris Doctorate with honors in 1994. He also received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. He is a member of the American Bar Association and Dallas Bar Association. Mr. Wander is admitted to practice in Texas, all U.S. District Courts in Texas and Arkansas, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
In the community, Mr. Wander has served on the Board of Directors for Vogel Alcove, which provides services for Dallas’ homeless children and families, since 2009 and as its Chair from 2018- 2020. He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for The Center for American and International Law, the University of Texas School of Law Alumni Association Executive Committee, and the University of Texas Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee.