Kristin M. Athens Associate

Kristin focuses her practice on representing electric and natural gas clients in complex regulatory proceedings before the North Carolina Utilities Commission and other regulatory agencies.

Kristin has represented clients in regulatory litigation before administrative agencies including contested avoided cost proceedings, base rate cases, and renewable energy interconnection complaint cases. As part of her practice, she counsels clients on a broad range of issues including PURPA compliance, prudency, cost recovery strategies, affiliate transactions, and regulatory certifications.

Before joining McGuireWoods, Kristin received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Juris Doctorate from the University of North Carolina School of Law. During law school, Kristin served as a staff member on the First Amendment Law Review and an oralist on the Environmental Appellate Advocacy Team. While serving on the Environmental Appellate Advocacy team, Kristin was awarded Runner-Up Best Brief at the 2016 WVU Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition. Additionally, during law school, Kristin externed for Justice Sam J. Ervin IV of the North Carolina Supreme Court.

  • The University of North Carolina School of Law, JD, with Honors, Staff Member, First Amendment Law Review Journal, 2017
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BS, Psychology, with Distinction, Dean’s List, 2013

Member, Wake County Bar Association

Member, North Carolina Bar Association

Member, Wake Women Attorneys

  • North Carolina
  • Author, Residential Generated Solar Energy in North Carolina – Benefits, Viability and Issues, NC Bar Association Environmental News, Summer 2015
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