Sarah R. Bennett Associate

Sarah advises electric and gas utilities in complex regulatory litigation before state utility commissions. Her experience includes proceedings involving certificates of public convenience and necessity for generation and transmission projects, integrated resource plans, rate increases, and affiliates approvals. Sarah assists clients with every facet of an administrative proceeding, from initial filings through discovery and public hearings.

Sarah also advises utility clients in emerging markets in the energy industry, representing utility clients in first-of-its-kind proceedings in Virginia on grid modernization and battery energy storage systems.

Outside of the regulated space, Sarah dedicates her time to representing individuals on a pro bono basis. She is also a member of McGuireWoods’ Richmond office Pro Bono Committee. 

Before joining McGuireWoods, Sarah served as a law clerk to the Honorable John A. Gibney, Jr., of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. While in law school, Sarah served as the Manuscripts Editor for the University of Richmond Law Review and Chancellor of the Walter Scott McNeill Law Honor Society. She graduated first in her law school class.

Experience

Representation of a major gas local distribution company in base rate proceeding.

Representation of an electric utility in proceedings involving certificates of public convenience and necessity for generation projects, including for 340 MW of utility-scale solar projects.

Representation of an electric utility in first-of-its-kind proceeding in Virginia on grid modernization, with a focus on advanced metering infrastructure (“AMI”), transportation electrification, and cost-benefit analyses. 

Representation of an electric utility in first-of-its-kind proceeding seeking approval of utility-scale battery energy storage systems, the largest of their kind in Virginia.

Representation of pro bono client in federal habeas appeal, drafting merits briefing and presenting oral argument before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • University of Richmond School of Law, JD, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, Manuscripts Editor, University of Richmond Law Review, 2015
  • The College of William & Mary, BS, Chemistry, 2008

Board Member, Rebuilding Together Richmond

Member, Administrative Law Section, Virginia State Bar

Member, John Marshall American Inn of Court

Member, Richmond Bar Association

  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
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