Joseph K. Reid III Partner

Joe is a lead regulatory and trial attorney for some of the country’s largest energy companies and he has served as national trial counsel for one of the world’s largest automakers. He spends several weeks each year in front of judges, commissioners and juries in complex, high-stakes proceedings. As a first-chair trial lawyer, he has tried dozens of cases to resolution across the United States, including in some of the country’s most challenging jurisdictions.

Joe’s practice over the past 25 years at McGuireWoods has covered a spectrum of civil and administrative litigation and has involved client partnerships across industries, including energy, manufacturing, agricultural, financial services and other enterprises.

For the past 10 years, Joe has been a leader of an outstanding and growing team of energy regulatory lawyers practicing before state public utility commissions, in Virginia and elsewhere, in matters involving electric and gas utilities.

In 2015, The National Law Journal named Joe one of the 50 regulatory “trailblazers” across the country. He has played a major role in the successful re-regulation of Virginia’s electric utilities and associated ratemaking proceedings; secured approvals for the development of new electric generating facilities and other infrastructure projects; helped facilitate utility mergers in several states; defended against notable gas pipeline safety enforcement claims; and otherwise assisted public service companies in achieving their strategic priorities.

Joe sits on the firm’s Executive Committee of its Board of Partners and previously served in a number of other internal leadership roles. In the community, Joe is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater Richmond and serves as its annual campaign co-chair. He also is a former president of Rebuilding Together of Richmond.

  • University of Virginia, MA, 1993
  • University of Virginia School of Law, JD, 1993
  • University of Virginia, BA, with Distinction, 1989

Board of Directors and Executive Committee Member and Annual Campaign Co-Chair, YMCA of Greater Richmond

Past President and Board of Directors Member, Rebuilding Together/Christmas in April

Member, Defense Research Institute

Member, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

Member, Administrative Law Section, Virginia State Bar

Member, Virginia Bar Association

Member, Richmond Bar Association

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

Named "Lawyer of the Year," Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 2018

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Energy Litigation: Conventional Power, Legal 500 US, 2018

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Energy: Regulatory, Legal 500 US, 2016-2017

Named a "Regulatory and Compliance Trailblazer," The National Law Journal, 2015

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2010-2012, 2014-2019; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, 2016-2019; Energy Regulatory Law, 2018-2019, Woodward/White, Inc.

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

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