Practice Areas

What we do

As former government attorneys with almost 20 years of combined experience, we are well suited to help you or your business advance a project, secure a permit, or find relief in the courts of the Commonwealth. Please see a short description of our core practice areas below.

Energy law and public utility regulation

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Environmental law

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Administrative law

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Appeals

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Government affairs

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What we do

Practice Areas

Energy law and public utility regulation

Energy law and utility regulation is a core focus of our firm. Our attorneys are experts on Virginia’s electricity market and its unique laws and regulations, and we regularly represent clients in regulatory proceedings at the Virginia State Corporation Commission and other state public utilities commissions. Our attorneys have represented citizens, government agencies, renewable energy trade associations, competitive service providers, and regulated public utility companies in numerous rate cases, rulemakings, transmission line siting proceedings, and other regulatory matters.

 

We also assist energy companies, including distributed generation installers and utility scale renewable developers, in all aspects of their business. We advise project developers and buyers and sellers of energy with respect to regulatory and transactional matters, including responding to requests for proposals, negotiating leases and power purchase agreements, government compliance, and interfacing with incumbent utilities.

Environmental law

Whether you are facing an enforcement action, seeking a permit from a state or federal agency, or find yourself the victim of an environmental violation, we can help. We offer years of experience representing government agencies, citizens, and non-profit organizations in a wide range of environmental regulatory matters. In recent years, our attorneys have been involved in many of Virginia’s most complex and high-profile environmental proceedings, including climate change litigation and greenhouse gas rulemakings, natural gas pipeline permitting, and water quality enforcement.

 

Our deep knowledge of state and federal agency processes can often resolve an environmental problem before it becomes a legal dispute. As former state government attorneys, we offer unparalleled knowledge of Virginia’s key environmental regulatory agencies and their procedures, including the Department of Environmental Quality, the Division of Mines, Minerals and Energy, and the Virginia Department of Health. Our attorneys also have experience resolving disputes on the federal level with the federal Environmental Protection agency and Army Corps of Engineers.

Administrative law

Administrative law is often broadly defined as the body of law governing the operation of government agencies. Regardless of the nature of your business, it is very likely that you will have to work with state and federal agencies from time to time. When you do, we can help.

 

Our attorneys are expert agency practitioners and serve in leadership positions in several state and local administrative bar associations. Our knowledge of the Virginia Administrative Process Act and the procedures at state federal agencies can help you or your business solve or avoid regulatory problems. As former counsel to many of Virginia’s regulatory agencies, we know the procedures at each forum and can provide effective counsel when an issue arises.

 

We can assist you or your business with regard to state and local permitting matters, including responding to notices of violations or other compliance issues. We also monitor all Virginia rulemaking proceedings affecting energy and environmental matters.

Appeals

If it becomes necessary to appeal the decision of a court or administrative agency, we can help. Our attorneys have handled numerous appeals in the courts with successful outcomes. With clerkship experience at both the trial and Supreme Court levels in Virginia, we know how to craft winning arguments, and we understand the factors that can make or break your case on appeal.

 

Appellate practice requires both careful strategy and superior oral and written communication. At the trial or evidentiary stage of a case, our attorneys know how to shape and preserve the most salient legal arguments for a potential appeal. And if we were not counsel during the trial stage, we can provide an honest assessment of the merits of your case and your chances for success on appeal.

 

With an emphasis on energy, environmental, and regulatory matters, we have handled numerous appeals before state and federal appellate courts, including the Virginia Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Virginia, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Government affairs

Sometimes success for a client requires a public affairs strategy, not just a legal one. As former state government attorneys and counsel to many of Virginia’s regulatory agencies, we can offer sound strategic advice and policy development services to our clients. We leverage our relationships with agency staff, legislators, and other government officials to ensure that the concerns of our clients are considered by the appropriate decision makers.