April M. Jones Associate

April focuses her practice on advising electric and gas utility clients in complex regulatory litigation before state utility commissions, primarily representing regulated utilities before the Virginia State Corporation Commission. She represents utilities in proceedings involving affiliate transactions, applications for transmission line certificates of public convenience and necessity, and demand-side management and energy efficiency programs.

She also advises utility clients in emerging areas within the energy industry. For example, representing a client in a groundbreaking state court proceeding to seek approval of Virginia’s first battery energy storage system program. Additionally, April supplements her practice by counseling clients on environmental regulatory compliance matters.  

April assists clients with every aspect of an administrative proceeding including preparation for initial filings, discovery, and public hearings. Outside of her practice, she maintains an active pro bono practice and represents clients in various family law matters including guardianship, protective orders, and child custody and visitation cases.    

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, April served as a law clerk to the Honorable Raymond A. Jackson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

April obtained her Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law, where she completed the Family Law Certificate Program. She was also the recipient of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated’s Endowment Scholarship and the Olender Foundation’s Earl H. Davis Advocacy Award. While in law school, April served as a Senior Staff Editor for the Howard Human & Civil Rights Law Review, a student attorney in the Criminal Justice Clinic, and the Vice President of the Black Law Students Association.

“Success is not just about what you accomplish in your life, but what you inspire others to accomplish.”

Experience

Represented an electric utility in a proceeding to seek approval of Virginia’s first battery energy storage system program.

Advised and assisted a major utility with the development of a regulatory compliance model for the internal reorganization of the utility’s gas business units.

Represented an electric utility in proceedings for approval involving energy efficiency and conservation programs.

Assisted with representation of an electric utility in proceedings for approval of affiliate agreements.

Counseled an electric utility in proceedings for approval of transmission line certificates of public convenience and necessity.

Advised clients on compliance with and the implications of state and federal regulatory statute violations.

Assisted clients with environmental regulatory compliance matters.

  • Howard University School of Law, JD, Senior Staff Editor, Howard Human & Civil Rights Law Review, 2017
  • Hampton University, BA, Political Science, Spanish minor, summa cum laude, 2014

Member, Virginia State Bar

Member, Virginia Bar Association

Member, Hill-Tucker Bar Association

Member, Old Dominion Bar Association

Member, American Association of Blacks in Energy

 

  • 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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