Elaine Sanderlin Ryan Partner

Elaine devotes her practice to energy and utility regulation primarily before the Virginia State Corporation Commission.

She has assisted in representing utility clients in complex regulatory litigation, including numerous proceedings involving base rate and rider cost recovery, acquiring certificates of public convenience and necessity, and financing and affiliates act approvals. Elaine also advises clients on discovery issues, codes of conduct and affiliate transactions, customer promotions, and other regulatory compliance matters.

Elaine serves on the firm’s Recruiting Committee. While attending the University of Richmond School of Law, she served as chief justice of the Honor Council.


Assist with representation of electric and natural gas utilities in general ratemaking proceedings before state regulatory commissions.

Assist with representation of electric utility in proceedings to certify and recover costs of new generation and transmission facilities.

Assist with representation of electric utility in proceedings for approval of affiliate agreements, asset transfers, and financing applications.

Assist with representation of natural gas utility in proceeding for approval of decoupling mechanism and conservation programs.

Assist with representation of energy company in negotiation and sale of partnership interests in generation facility.

  • University of Richmond School of Law, JD, magna cum laude, Articles Editor, University of Richmond Law Review, 2009
  • Wake Forest University, BA, magna cum laude, 1997

Secretary, Board of Governors, Administrative Law Section, Virginia State Bar

Member, Richmond Bar Association

Board Member, Children’s Hospital Foundation Junior Board

Board Member, University of Richmond School of Law Young Graduates Association, 2010-2014

  • Virginia
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