Vishwa Link, chair of the firm’s Regulatory & Compliance Department, was named to The National Law Journal’s list of
Energy/Environmental Law Trailblazers.
Link was recognized for representing Dominion Energy in groundbreaking
renewable energy projects before the Virginia State Corporation Commission.
She assisted Dominion in state proceedings to approve a first-in-the-nation
offshore wind demonstration project. The two turbines 27 miles off
Virginia’s coast are the first installed in federal waters under a federal
In 2020, after the state passed the Virginia Clean Economy Act, Link
further represented Dominion Energy Virginia in state proceedings to
approve the program’s first three battery energy storage systems. Link told
the NLJ she expects more states to implement net-zero or zero
carbon emissions programs.
“The challenge will be in making sure there are enough resources of all
types to achieve these goals almost simultaneously, all while honoring and
preserving social and environmental resources,” she said. “It’s an exciting
time to be an energy lawyer because we are directly building a better
Link focuses on administrative litigation before state public utility
commissions. She represents electric and gas utilities in rate, energy
conservation and integrated planning proceedings, and helps electric
utility clients secure permits for generating plants and transmission lines
before state regulatory agencies.
Link was recently named to the inaugural
Lawdragon 500 Leading Environmental & Energy Lawyers list.
“Vishwa has excelled at helping clients advance innovations that are
reshaping the energy industry,” said
Richard Viola, deputy managing partner of McGuireWoods’ corporate practice. “She is an
outstanding lawyer and leader and we are proud to see her receive this
McGuireWoods lawyers and consultants represent clients across the energy
spectrum, including utilities, conventional oil and gas investors and
operators, leading sponsors and developers of solar, wind and thermal
generation, and financial institutions. The firm was named a finalist for
best energy practice in The American Lawyer’s inaugural
Corporate Departments of the Year awards.