NES Power Board Names New Chair, Vice Chair

NES Power Board Names New Chair, Vice Chair

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville Electric Service (NES) announces the appointment of Robert J. Mendes as chair of its Electric Power Board today. Irma Paz-Bernstein will serve as vice chair.

An attorney at Frost Brown Todd, LLC, Mendes concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, business bankruptcy and business transactions. He represents businesses and business owners in matters involving money, assets or control. Mendes also acts as outside general counsel for a number of clients.

Mendes has served on the Electric Power Board since 2011 and served on NES’ Audit & Ethics Committee for two years. Active in various professional and community activities, Mendes serves on Frost Brown Todd’s Member of Advancement Committee and Benefits/Retirement Committee, as well as the Nashville Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. He is also the Finance Committee Chair and serves on the Board of Trustees at Father Ryan High School. Mendes has been included in The Best Lawyers in America® for the past seven years, as well as recognized in the 2008 to 2013 editions of Mid-South Super Lawyers.

Mendes attended the University of Chicago Law School after receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1988.

A native of Guadalajara, Mexico, Paz-Bernstein is co-owner of Las Paletas Gourmet Popsicles in Nashville. She graduated with a communications science degree from Univa in Guadalajara before attending the University of California, Los Angeles to finish her education. She was a television producer for nine years before relocating to Nashville.

Paz-Bernstein has served on the Electric Power Board since 2013. Active in the Nashville community, she often gives her time to many
civic endeavors, including serving on the Board of Trustees for Nashville Children’s Theatre.

NES’ five member board is appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the council to serve five-year staggered terms without pay.

About NES

Nashville Electric Service is one of the 12 largest public electric utilities in the nation, distributing energy to more than 360,000 customers in MiddleTennessee. For more information about NES, visit