Energy Law

Industry Veterans and Leaders

Members of our Energy team, including more than 100 interdisciplinary lawyers, have been serving energy and utilities clients for nearly 50 years. As technology, energy and power usage, regulation and environmental policy have evolved, our attorneys have been on the front lines — taking a leadership role in shaping one of the most powerful and ongoing influences on the U.S. and global economies.

We represent 20 energy companies listed on the Fortune 500, and many of our energy clients have been with our firm for a decade or longer. Collectively our Energy team has decades of experience representing industry participants. On Law360’s 2012 Largest Law Firms list, McGuireWoods’ Energy practice group was ranked 12 out of 100 top firms.

Policy Leadership

Our Energy lawyers have taken active roles in many of the major policy decisions of the last decade, among them — the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Energy Independence and Security Act (2007) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (2009). Our Energy team includes former members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, former energy regulators and energy company CEOs and GCs — most in career-spanning, energy-specific roles.

Business and Industry Leadership

Of the more than 80 lawyers focusing on this industry, many have been active at the state and the national levels — i.e., a former president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), a former branch chief for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and a former president of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), the latter of whom now serves one of the United States’ largest coal companies on both federal and state matters.

In the United States alone, we have established energy-related concentrations in all major industry hubs — California; North Carolina; Ohio, Pennsylvania; Texas; Washington, DC; and West Virginia.

Growing Presence in the Global Economy

In emerging markets, McGuireWoods has a growing presence, from crossing borders with clients to R&D. We have substantial energy-related experience spanning Europe, Scandinavia and the former Soviet republics. We represent clients throughout North, Central and South America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Because energy has always been a leading market in the global economy, our energy experience derives from work with emerging sources of production such as shale gas production, solar and wind power.

Access to All Firm Resources

As an international firm, we do business where you do business. Each client retains the full resources of our international law firm. Where your industry intersects others, we bring to bear our experience in those areas as well — regulated and deregulated utilities, renewable energy, corporate finance, environmental solutions, venture capital, tax, employee benefits and commercial litigation.

Practice, Industry and Business Experience

We bring energy-specific transactional and regulatory experience, combined with the business and industry knowledge, which enables us to approach your business and industry from your point of view. As a result, we can align our services with your strategic objectives.

CONTACTS

Joanne Katsantonis Partner T: +1 804 775 1017 Email
Joseph K. Reid III Partner T: +1 804 775 1198 Email
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RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR OUTCOME.

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Advised Dominion Resources in $4.4 Billion Acquisition to Expand Company’s Natural Gas Assets

Representation of Dominion Resources Inc. in its $4.4 billion acquisition plus the assumption of debt for an enterprise value of approximately $6 billion of Questar Corp. The deal expands Dominion’s natural gas assets into the western United States and will create a combined company to serve 4.8 million electric utility and natural gas customers in seven states.
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Manufacturing company

Developed argument for a manufacturing client as to the inapplicability of the Clean Air Act provisions on aggregating certain sources as a single source due to proximity and other factors.
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Power and Energy Company

Assisted Client in analyzing emission trading issues under Title V,  CSAPR and the Clean Power Plan associated with the potential closure of a coal fired power plant.  
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Energy company

Negotiated the cooperative research and development agreement for the development of geothermal electricity production on the military base at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen, Maryland.
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Power provider

Advising a power provider on its use of NMTCs and other federal subsidies for construction of a new power plant, and explaining the differences between federal tax subsidies and their impact on the structuring of financing for the project.
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Solid waste company

Advising a solid waste company on the use of NMTCs for expansions at several landfills.
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One of the largest producers and transporters of energy in the United States

Representation of purchaser in the acquisition of seven project companies for the development of six separate solar energy projects, and a transmission line to serve two of those projects.
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Natural gas and oil company

Representation of a natural gas and oil company in a breach of contract and promissory estoppel case. Plaintiff alleged that client offered to enter into an oil and gas lease with plaintiff, plaintiff accepted the offer, and client later refused to enter into the lease. The alleged lease bonus payment was well above the going rate for bonuses. McGuireWoods' attorneys deposed former plaintiffs’ counsel, plaintiff, and a third-party. After uncovering detrimental facts to plaintiff’s case in these depositions, plaintiff agreed to immediately discontinue the lawsuit.
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Solar power solutions provider

Representation of BBOXX Limited, a provider of solar power solutions to off-grid consumers in the developing world, in relation to the Series A funding from Khosla Impact Fund 1, LLC and Synergy Growth Nominee Limited, and related matters.
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Diversified energy producer

Representation of a diversified energy producer in a multi-count case in the Western District of Virginia alleging that defendant dumped contaminated water into mine voids when they did not have a legal right to do so.
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Energy-focused merchant bank/private equity fund

Represented an energy-focused merchant bank/private equity fund in the stock acquisition of an investment research firm. As a result of the acquisition, the company is able to serve as a broker-dealer for energy transactions.
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Owner/operator of facilities that convert recyclable materials to power

Represented an owner/operator of facilities throughout North America that covert recyclable materials and biomass to power in the $44 million acquisition of two biomass industry companies.
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Publicly-traded master limited partnership

Represented a publicly-traded master limited partnership in the acquisition of petroleum and refined products storage tanks, terminal assets, real estate and logistics assets from an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products.
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A leader in mine safety solutions

Lead counsel for a leader in mine safety solutions in patent infringement and breach of contract.
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Diversified energy producer

Representation of a diversified energy producer in civil investigative demand (CID) for information and documents from the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia regarding the company's exploration, production, transportation and sale of coalbed methane gas in Virginia and whether the company may have violated the Virginia Antitrust Act. The CID was ultimately withdrawn.
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Oil and gas corporation

Obtained a favorable defense verdict on behalf of client in a complex commercial dispute and successfully recovered attorneys' fees via counter-claim.
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One of the largest producers and transporters of energy in the United States

Representation of one of the largest producers and transporters of energy in the United States in litigation claiming that global warming and Hurricane Katrina were the result of activities related to energy industry companies.
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Private equity fund

Representation of private equity fund in the acquisition of two landfill gas-to-energy (LFGTE) facilities from the investment vehicles managed by another fund. The facilities are located in California and Rhode Island and have an existing generating capacity of 26.0 MW.
Case Study

Team represents Dominion Resources in debt offering

A team of lawyers recently represented Dominion Resources Inc., one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, in the issuance of $500 million 2011 Series C 4.90% senior notes due 2041.

Representative Matter

Distributor of propane and related equipment and supplies

Representation of a publicly-traded propane provider in the acquisition of an independent propane retainer for $3.1 million.
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Scott E Adams Scott E. Adams
Associate
1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons, VA 22102-4215
Email
T: +1 703 712 5461
F: +1 703 712 5278
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Anne Hampton Andrews
Associate
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916
Email
T: +1 804 775 4365
F: +1 804 698 2083
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Heather M Welch Heather Welch Arbogast
Associate
7 Saint Paul Street
Suite 1000
Baltimore, MD 21202-1671
Email
T: +1 410 659 4459
F: +1 410 659 4599
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Joel Bannister Joel Bannister
Associate
2000 McKinney Avenue
Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75201
Email
T: +1 214 932 6412
F: +1 214 932 6499
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Kevin Boardman J. Kevin Boardman
Partner
2000 McKinney Avenue
Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75201
Email
T: +1 214 932 6403
F: +1 214 932 6499
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E. Brett Breitschwerdt E. Brett Breitschwerdt
Associate
434 Fayetteville Street
Suite 2600
Raleigh, NC 27601
Email
T: +1 919 755 6563
F: +1 919 755 6579
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Anthony Carna Anthony J. Carna
Associate
EQT Plaza
625 Liberty Avenue
23rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3142
Email
T: +1 412 667 7932
F: +1 412 667 7948
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Charles D. Case
Partner
434 Fayetteville Street
Suite 2600
Raleigh, NC 27601
Email
T: +1 919 755 6698
F: +1 919 775 6675
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David Martin Connelly David Martin Connelly
Partner
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040
Email
T: +1 202 857 1717
F: +1 202 828 2979
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Lisa Crabtree Lisa R. Crabtree
Associate
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916
Email
T: +1 804 775 1327
F: +1 804 698 2222
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Jennifer Daglio Jennifer D. Daglio
Counsel
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916
Email
T: +1 804 775 1221
F: +1 804 698 2001
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Kristian M Dahl Kristian M. Dahl
Senior Counsel
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040
Email
T: +1 804 775 4730
F: +1 804 698 2004
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T:+1 202 857 1723
F: +1 804 698 2004

Katlyn Davis Katlyn A. Davis Farrell
Associate
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040
Email
T: +1 202 857 1735
F: +1 202 828 2994
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Becky Diffen Becky H. Diffen
Associate
816 Congress Avenue
Suite 940
Austin, TX 78701-2442

JPMorgan Chase Tower
600 Travis Street
Suite 7500
Houston, TX 77002-2906
Email
T: +1 512 617 4516
F: +1 512 617 4589
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Sonali Dohale Sonali Dohale
Associate
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040
Email
T: +1 202 857 2471
F: +1 202 828 3305
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Nelli Doroshkin Nelli Doroshkin
Associate - Not admitted to the D.C. bar, works under the supervision of licensed D.C. attorneys; Admitted in New York
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040
Email
T: +1 202 857 1747
F: +1 202 828 2988
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Julia English Julia D. English
Senior Counsel
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040
Email
T: +1 202 857 1706
F: +1 202 828 2993
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Hanna Frank Hannah Thompson Frank
Partner
EQT Plaza
625 Liberty Avenue
23rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3142
Email
T: +1 412 667 7936
F: +1 412 402 4194
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M. Melissa Glassman M. Melissa Glassman
Partner
1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons, VA 22102-4215
Email
T: +1 703 712 5351
F: +1 703 712 5228
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Jeffrey Gollomp Jeffrey A. Gollomp
Partner
JPMorgan Chase Tower
600 Travis Street
Suite 7500
Houston, TX 77002-2906
Email
T: +1 832 214 9945
F: +1 832 214 9922
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Mark Griffith W. Mark Griffith
Partner
434 Fayetteville Street
Suite 2600
Raleigh, NC 27601
Email
T: +1 919 755 6616
F: +1 919 755 6587
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Mary Lynne Grigg Mary Lynne Grigg
Partner
434 Fayetteville Street
Suite 2600
Raleigh, NC 27601
Email
T: +1 919 755 6573
F: +1 919 755 6590
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James Gross James E. Gross
Associate
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916
Email
T: +1 804 775 4701
F: +1 804 698 4672
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Bo Heath D. Bowen Heath
Partner
434 Fayetteville Street
Suite 2600
Raleigh, NC 27601
Email
T: +1 919 836 4009
F: +1 919 755 6699
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Patrick T Horne Patrick T. Horne
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916
Email
T: +1 804 775 1387
F: +1 804 698 2064
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Speaking Engagement

Renewable Energy Law Conference

January 31 - February 1, 2017
Austin, TX
Speaking Engagement

Energy and Mineral Law Foundation Thirty-Seventh Annual Institute

June 14, 2016
Charleston, SC
Speaking Engagement

PACENation Summit 2016

March 1, 2016
Denver, CO
Speaking Engagement

RNG 2015: Fuel, Heat, Power & Policy Conference

December 8, 2015
San Diego, CA
Event

Electric Transmission in the East

Life Cycle of a Transmission Project

September 24-25, 2015
Washington, DC
Event

FERC Enforcement Reporter: An Innovative Legal Research Tool

May 21, 2015
Complimentary Webinar
Speaking Engagement

Understanding the Appalachian Basin Midstream Industry

April 20, 2015
Speaking Engagement

LMOP National Landfill Gas Energy Workshop

March 19, 2015
New Orleans, LA
Speaking Engagement

Institute for Energy Law’s 66th Annual Oil and Gas Conference

February 20, 2015
Houston, TX
Speaking Engagement

Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite

Warren-Alquist Act at 40: Four Decades of Cutting-Edge Energy Policymaking in California

October 19, 2014
Speaking Engagement

2014 National Regulatory Conference

The Changing Regulatory World: Taking Stock of the Past 10 Years While Looking to the Future

May 15-16, 2014
Event

YPE-Pitt Law Spring Energy Symposium

April 25, 2014
Pittsburgh, PA
Speaking Engagement

Energy and Climate Change: California's Efforts to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Through Renewables, Fuels, and Markets

Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of California

Thursday, November 14, 2013
Berkeley, CA
Speaking Engagement

2013 National Development Finance Summit

August 6-9, 2013
Washington, DC
Speaking Engagement

7th National Forum on Energy Trading Compliance and Regulatory Enforcement

Achieving Compliance, Avoiding Investigation and Managing Regulatory Actions in an Era of Heightened Scrutiny

June 6-7, 2013
Houston, TX
Event

SEC Compliance and Enforcement Update

September 25, 2012
Event

11th Annual Coal Industry Briefing

September 19, 2012
Pittsburgh, PA
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Legal Alert

To BREXIT or Not to BREXIT? That is the Question.

But What are the Consequences?

June 21, 2016
Legal Alert

R&I Update: Hot Topics in Oil and Gas Restructurings, Volume 3

Yes, Gathering Agreements Can Be Rejected as Executory Contracts (At Least Under One Court’s Interpretation of Texas Law)

May 19, 2016
Legal Alert

McGuireWoods Succeeds in Obtaining the Annulment of Anti-Dumping Duties for China Solar Co.

The Energy & Environment Investor
March 23, 2016
Legal Alert

R&I Update: Hot Topics in Oil and Gas Restructurings, Volume 2

Can Gathering Agreements Be Rejected as Executory Contracts?

March 10, 2016
Legal Alert

2016 Water Outlook

January 27, 2016
Legal Alert

Financial Entity Update

CFTC’s Proposed Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps – Cross-Border Matrix

November 30, 2015
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