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Collin Atkins Joins Business Practice

Collin Atkins, business lawyerCollin Atkins, a business attorney in private practice in Richmond, has joined the business, renewable energy and corporate law practice of GreeneHurlocker PLC, co-managing member Eric Hurlocker announced today.

“Collin joins us with significant experience working with corporate clients, as well as a number of years as in-house counsel for a manufacturer, which will enhance and expand the services that we provide to our business and renewable energy clients throughout the region,” Eric said.

Atkins focuses his practice on assisting clients who require advice in formation, contract drafting, and employment and regulatory concerns. In addition, he offers counsel on a wide variety of commercial agreements across different industries, including distribution, manufacturing, service, and technology related industries, which will contribute to the expansion of the firm’s OPENgc services.

“I’m excited about joining GreeneHurlocker and partnering with clients who are growing and expanding their businesses,” Collin explains.

Atkins will be based in the firm’s Richmond office, but will also have an office at the firm’s  Harrisonburg location to support the firm’s growing practice throughout the Shenandoah Valley.

Atkins earned his undergraduate degree in history from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. He earned his J.D. at the William & Mary Law School, where he was a graduate research fellow and a member of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal.

Capitol Mentor Program Includes GreeneHurlocker and Blair Powell

Blair PowellGreeneHurlocker and GreeneHurlocker energy lawyer Blair Powell were noted in the 2016-2017 winter newsletter of the Young Lawyers Division of the Virginia Bar Association (VBA) for their partnership with the Capitol Mentor Program (CMP). The CMP partners with Woodville Elementary School in Richmond, which serves a high percentage of students from low-income and disadvantaged families. The mission is to introduce students to community role models who emphasize the importance of goal setting, school attendance, academic performance and behavior on a student’s personal and professional future. Blair serves as the co-chair of the Program and volunteers each month at Woodville Elementary.

If you have questions about the Young Lawyers Division or Woodville’s involvement in the VBA CMP, or any issues in business law and energy law, feel free to call Blair to learn more.

Eric Wallace Helps Guide Undocumented Children to Lawful Residency

Children who flee the dangerous social conditions and crushing poverty of countries in Central America and Asia face another daunting challenge when they reach American soil, one with which they have no Eric Wallace at his deskexperience and for which they possess no functional skills: the United States immigration process.

Since joining GreeneHurlocker in 2014, associate Eric Wallace has given his pro bono time helping Commonwealth Catholic Charities and assisting undocumented children to navigate the path to legal residency in the United States.

“It takes a good amount of diligence to figure out the best way for these immigration cases to be addressed, diligence that can be difficult for attorney, much more so for a child who often cannot speak or read the language, and who does not understand the quirks and variables of the United States immigration system,” says Wallace.

Wallace says undocumented juveniles who are picked up by U.S. Customs and Border Protection can be connected with non-governmental agencies such as Commonwealth Catholic Charities, which then attempt to find foster families to care for the children while their cases makes their way through the courts. Many times the foster families live across the country from site where the child was taken into custody, which is why some children arrive in Virginia for placement.

The path for many of the children is lengthy.  In the cases of juveniles from volatile and unsafe backgrounds making their way to the United States, special immigrant juvenile status often affords them a path to residency. Typically, Wallace works with a social worker at Commonwealth Catholic Charities on behalf of a child, facilitating trips to the courts, working with the parents of the child, and often helping to translate for children that are only beginning to learn English.

“Over the years, we have been able to help a number of children remain in the United States and avoid the types of circumstances that originally drove them from their homes abroad,” said Wallace. These children come to the United States with no resources and no alternatives, so Wallace finds it very rewarding to be able to work with the skilled social work professionals of agencies such as Commonwealth Catholic Charities to provide these children some hope for a better future as they work their way along the complex legal path to residency.

“We applaud and whole-heartedly support the pro bono efforts of our lawyers, like Eric, who dedicate significant time, often without much fanfare, to enhance the lives of these children,” said Eric Hurlocker, co-managing member of GreeneHurlocker.

McAuliffe Announces Plan to Increase State Solar Use

McAuliffe speaking at Frying Pan Park in Hernd...

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On December 21, 2015, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that, as a way to continue momentum in Virginia’s solar industry, state agencies will derive eight percent (8%) of their energy from solar sources within the next three (3) years.  Governor McAuliffe’s plan will deploy the development of 110 megawatts of solar energy through agreements with Dominion Virginia Power (“Dominion”) and third party developers, with Dominion building up to seventy-five (75%) of the solar capacity, and third party developers developing twenty-five percent (25%) of the solar capacity.   The Commonwealth of Virginia is expected to purchase the solar-generated electricity through a long-term power purchase agreement with Dominion.  Dominion’s customers, however, are not expected to experience a rate change as a result of the long term agreement, as any costs associated with the solar initiative are to be paid by the Commonwealth.

If you have questions about this initiative or its effects, or on any issue in the solar energy industry, please contact one of our Virginia solar energy lawyers.

Blair Wortham Joins As Associate

Elizabeth Blair Wortham has joined the GreeneHurlocker law firm as an associate in Energy Law and Business Law, co-managing partners Brian Greene and Eric Hurlocker announced today.

Wortham’s experience includes serving as a clerk to Judge Stephani W. Humrickhouse, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of North Carolina. Most recently, she was an associate in the corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions group at the Virginia-based Hunton & Williams firm.

“Blair’s demonstrated skills in corporate finance, corporate governance and commercial transactions are ready-made for helping our clients in the energy industry, including renewable energy companies, energy project developers and demand-response providers,” said Hurlocker.

Wortham earned her law degree in 2012, with honors, from the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill and her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC Law, she was recognized with the Gressman-Pollitt Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy: Best Appellant.

Two years old and welcoming our newest associate.

Thanks to you, our clients and friends, GreeneHurlocker – within only two years – has doubled in size. We are grateful for the opportunity to represent companies in the energy and utilities industries, their partners, investors, executives and consumers in matters of regulation, finance, mergers and acquisitions, rates, agreements and, when necessary, litigation. It has been a great two years.

We’ve been gratified by the growth of our client base, which has allowed us to add new lawyers in the last seven months. In July, we welcome Leeron Avnery, an experienced corporate transactions and regulatory lawyer with whom we’ve worked in past years on energy matters.

Leeron will focus on work for renewable energy companies and investors, retail electricity producers and distributors, pricing agreements, procurement contracts, corporate finance and acquisitions. You can read all about Leeron here.