Jennifer O. Smestad

General Counsel and Vice President, Legal Affairs

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In 2018 Jennifer Smestad was named General Counsel and Vice President, Legal Affairs, at Otter Tail Power Company and Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary at Otter Tail Corporation. In this dual role, she is responsible for the legal affairs of both entities.

Smestad began her career at Otter Tail Corporation in 2001 as an Associate General Counsel, supporting the corporation's manufacturing companies. In 2005 she began focusing exclusively on the legal affairs of Otter Tail Power Company and was promoted to Senior Associate General Counsel in 2012, then to General Counsel in 2013.

Smestad earned her bachelor of science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, and her juris doctor degree from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin. She served as a U.S. Army Officer in the Medical Service Corps and Judge Advocate General Corps, attaining the rank of Major.

Smestad is a member of the North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota Bar Associations, the Minnesota Chapter of the American Corporate Counsel Association, and the American Bar Association. She is active in several local nonprofit organizations.