Joseph K. Reid III


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  • University of Virginia, MA, 1993
  • University of Virginia School of Law, JD, 1993
  • University of Virginia, BA, with Distinction, 1989
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit

Board, Executive Committee Member and Annual Campaign Co-Chair, YMCA of Greater Richmond

Past President and Board Member, Rebuilding Together/Christmas in April

Member, Defense Research Institute

Member, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

Member, Administrative Law Section, Virginia State Bar

Member, Virginia Bar Association

Member, Richmond Bar Association

Joe is currently a member of the firm’s Executive Committee of its Board of Partners and has previously served as chair of the Regulatory & Compliance Department, hiring partner for the Richmond Office, and as a member of the Associates Committee.

His practice over the past twenty-five years at McGuireWoods has covered a broad spectrum of civil and administrative legislation and has involved client partnerships across many industries, including energy, manufacturing, agricultural, financial services and other enterprises.

Joe is a first-chair trial lawyer who routinely spends several weeks each year in front of judges, commissioners and juries in complex, high-stakes proceedings.  He has tried dozens of cases to resolution across the United States, including in some of the country’s most challenging jurisdictions.  He is a lead regulatory and trial attorney for some of the country’s largest energy companies, has served as national trial counsel for one of the world’s largest automakers, and has led litigation teams in a variety of contexts defending defective product, environmental contamination, nuisance, fraud and commercial claims.

For the past ten years Joe has lead a growing and class-leading team of energy regulatory lawyers practicing before state public utility commissions, in Virginia and elsewhere, across the full spectrum of matters involving electric and gas utilities.  He has had extensive involvement with the successful re-regulation of Virginia’s electric utilities and associated ratemaking proceedings; has secured multiple approvals for the development of new electric generating facilities, as well as utility mergers in several states; has defended against notable gas pipeline safety enforcement claims; and otherwise has assisted regulated entities in achieving their strategic priorities as both investor-owned utilities and public service companies.  In 2015 he was named one of the fifty regulatory “trailblazers” across the country by the National Law Journal.

In the community Joe presently sits on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater Richmond and serves as its Annual Campaign Co-Chair.  He is also a former President of Rebuilding Together of Richmond.

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Joseph K Reid III
T: +1 804 775 1198F: +1 804 698 2146Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

Named "Lawyer of the Year," Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 2018

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Energy Litigation: Conventional Power, Legal 500 US, 2018

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Energy: Regulatory, Legal 500 US, 2016-2017

Named a "Regulatory and Compliance Trailblazer," National Law Journal, 2015

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation, 2010-2012, 2014-2018; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, 2016-2018; Energy Regulatory Law, 2018, Woodward/White, Inc.

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell