John L. Spilman Jr. Partner

Jake focuses his practice on transactional and advisory matters, primarily involving renewable and conventional energy (particularly solar, wind and energy storage) as well as electric vehicles and EV technologies.

Jake represents and advises purchasers and sellers, both private and public companies, in project M&A transactions, mergers and acquisitions of platforms and operating companies, and joint ventures. In addition to his mergers and acquisitions work, Jake advises clients on general corporate matters.

Before joining McGuireWoods, Jake was an associate at a leading international law firm in New York. While in law school, Jake served on the editorial board of the Virginia Journal of International Law, was a chair for diversity of the Student Bar Association and was the pro bono coordinator for the Virginia Environmental Law Forum. In addition, Jake interned with the Honorable Jerome B. Friedman, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.


Representation of Dominion Energy, Inc. in the $13.4 billion merger with SCANA Corporation.

Representation of Dominion Energy, Inc. in the $4.4 billion acquisition, plus the assumption of debt for an enterprise value of approximately $6 billion, of Questar Corporation.

Representation of Dominion Energy, Inc. in the acquisition of Southern Co.’s 5% stake in the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a 600-mile pipeline and gas transmission assets which run through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina, moving Appalachian Basin gas to Mid-Atlantic markets.

Representation of Dominion Energy, Inc. in the acquisition of Southern Co.’s Pivotal LNG, a wholly owned subsidiary which distributes liquefied natural gas for marine and road transportation.

Representation of a utility in the negotiation of contracts and procurement matters for a pilot program with 15 Virginia school districts to deploy 50 electric school buses with V2G (“vehicle-to-grid”) technology, replacing old diesel buses in their fleets and preventing almost 3 million pounds of carbon emissions per year.

Representation of developer in the project development and sale of a 400 MW wind farm in Fisher County, Texas.

Representation of a global renewable energy asset manager in acquiring 70% ownership rights of a 280 MW and a 285 MW development-stage solar projects in Mohave County, Arizona.

Representation of solar developer in sale of six solar projects located in Oregon totaling approximately 65 MW.

Representation of unregulated utility affiliate as acquirer in connection with the acquisition and development of a 60 MW solar PV project in Currituck County, North Carolina.

Representation of solar developer in sale of two 20 MW solar projects located in Oregon.

Representation of solar developer in sale of 20 MW solar project located in Connecticut.

Representation of solar developer in sale of three solar projects (each totaling approximately 15 MW) in North Carolina.

Represented a United Kingdom based entity in the acquisition of a U.S. based data management solution with offices in India and Ukraine.

Represented oil field services manufacturing, fabrication, assembly and integration company in bolt-on acquisition of oilfield and marine drilling rig power control manufacturer.

Representation of a global institutional investment management firm in its subsidiaries’ sale of a 66 MW development-stage wind project in Nebraska to a subsidiary of a Canadian public electricity power generator and marketing company.

  • University of Virginia School of Law, JD, Editorial Board, Virginia Journal of International Law, 2013
  • The College of William & Mary, BA, 2010
Member, Association of Corporate Growth, Richmond Chapter
  • New York
  • Virginia

Named to "Pro Bono Service Honor Roll," Virginia Access to Justice Commission, 2022

Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Corporate Law, Energy Law, 2022, 2023

Named to “Virginia Legal Elite”, Business Law, Virginia Business Magazine, 2020

Recognized for outstanding work and dedicated pro bono service, New York State Courts Access to Justice Program, the New York County Lawyers’ Association and the New York State Bar Association, October 23, 2014

Pro Bono Honor Roll for Legal Services NYC, 2014

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