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  • University of Richmond School of Law, JD, cum laude, 1993
  • University of Virginia, BA, 1990
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  • Virginia
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Member, Virginia Energy Council

Member; Board of Governors, 1997-2001; Chair, 2009-2010; Vice Chair, 2008-2009 (Organizer, National Regulatory Conference, 2009); Secretary, 2007-2008, Administrative Law Section, Virginia State Bar

Council Member, Administrative Law Section, Virginia Bar Association, 2009-present

Member, Board of Trustees, Children's Museum of Richmond, 2010-present

Chair, Governance Committee, Children's Museum of Richmond, 2013-present

Chair, Board of Trustees, Children’s Museum of Richmond, 2016-present

Firm Affiliations

Co-Chair, McGuireWoods Women's Lawyers Network (Richmond)

Department Liaison to the Associates Committee, McGuireWoods LLP

Co-Chair, Utilities Sector Industry Team, McGuireWoods LLP

Vishwa is chair of the firm's Regulatory and Compliance practice. Her practice involves administrative litigation before state public utility commissions, primarily before the Virginia State Corporation Commission. She has served as lead counsel in proceedings for electric and gas clients involving securing transmission-line certificates of public convenience and necessity, demand-side management program and cost recovery, integrated resource plans, affiliates act and securities act approvals. She has also been actively involved in generation-plant certificates of public convenience and necessity proceedings, and base-rate and rider cost recovery proceedings under the Virginia Regulation Act. While serving as in-house counsel, Vishwa was responsible for counseling her utility client on federal and state codes and standards of conduct, including creating and delivering training programs, and designing and implementing controls and procedures for compliance.

Vishwa has practiced before the State Corporation Commission of Virginia, North Carolina Utilities Commission, and New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.

From 1995 to 1997, Vishwa served as a law clerk for the Chief Staff Attorney’s Office, Virginia Supreme Court, Richmond, Virginia, 1993-1995, and from 1995-1997, as assistant general counsel for the Office of General Counsel, Virginia State Corporation Commission, Richmond, Virginia.

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Lead outside counsel for major electric utility applicant in electric transmission line siting proceedings at voltages of 500 kV and 230kV, including multistate 500 kV lines.

Lead outside counsel for major electric utility applicant in obtaining state commission approvals to implement multiple state-wide demand-side management programs resulting in rider cost recovery of over $100 million of electric utility program costs and utility incentives.

Lead outside counsel for major electric utility applicant in obtaining state commission approvals for integrated resource plans.

Lead outside counsel for major electric utility and gas local distribution applicant in obtaining affiliates act approval of multiple applications for exchange of parts, equipment and services.

Outside counsel for major electric utility applicant in obtaining securities act approval for authority to issue up to $2.5 billion of common stock to corporate parent.

Lead outside counsel for major gas local distribution company applicant for rate recovery and approval of demand-side management programs and rider recovery.

Outside counsel for major electric utility applicant in obtaining state commission approval to construct $1.2 billion, 1300 MW combined cycle electric generation facility which is currently under construction.

Outside counsel for major electric utility applicant in obtaining state commission approval to construct $600 million, 600 MW combined cycle electric generation facility which is currently operational.

Outside counsel for major electric utility applicant in going-in base rate and biennial review proceedings.

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Energy Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2010-2017

Program co-chair, "Life Cycle of a Transmission Project," Electric Transmission in the East, McGuireWoods, CLE International and Natural Resources Group, September 24-25, 2015
Speaker, Southeastern Electric Exchange, Rates and Regulation Committee, April 2014
Moderator, "The Outlook for Renewable Energy in Virginia," 16th Annual Administrative Law Conference, Virginia Bar Association, November 4, 2010