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Recent GreeneHurlocker News

Electric Utility Regulation Plain and Simple

As the 2018 General Assembly heats up, we expect energy issues to be front and center once again. That’s one of the reasons we just published Principles of Electric Utility Regulation in Virginia, a guidebook designed to provide a plain-English explanation of some of the state laws regulating Virginia’s two largest monopoly electric utilities.

Do you have questions about the role of the State Corporation Commission in setting rates? Wonder why you’re not getting a refund from your electric utility this year? Curious about whether energy companies are incentivized to invest in clean energy? This booklet answers these questions and provides a starting place for exploring Virginia’s complex regulatory system.

We hope this document will be a useful tool for legislators and their staff, the media, and all citizens who want to gain a better understanding of energy policy in Virginia. The link at the top will get you the electronic version immediately. If you would prefer your copy be a printed one, just contact Will Reisinger or any of our Virginia energy lawyers.

Jared Burden Opens New GreeneHurlocker Harrisonburg Office

Eric Hurlocker welcomes Jared Burden to the firm.

Eric Hurlocker welcomes Jared Burden to the firm.

We’ve expanded our footprint by bringing on a new partner, Jared Burden, based in Harrisonburg to open the firm’s second Virginia office as of January 9, says co-managing partner Eric Hurlocker.

“Our expansion into the Valley and the I-81 corridor with the addition of a talented lawyer like Jared are examples of GreeneHurlocker’s client-driven strategy at work,” says Brian Greene, co-managing partner.

“We will be able to provide clients with greater depth and reach of representation in matters relating to corporate, business, project development, and commercial real estate, among others,” he concludes.

“Jared adds a seasoned practitioner to the firm’s business and corporate law practice and also brings the firm a strong commercial real estate attorney.  He represents sophisticated and diverse business clients that dovetail nicely with our clients.  He’s an exceptional fit for our firm,” says Eric Hurlocker.

Burden will oversee the opening and ongoing operations of GreeneHurlocker’s Shenandoah Valley office, the firm’s first office outside of Richmond. He is a graduate of Duke University and UVA Law School.

Burden brings more than 27 years of experience as a corporate lawyer encompassing acquisitions, joint ventures, venture capital, and thousands of contracts of all sizes and types.   Burden’s commercial real estate practice is based in experience both as an attorney and as an executive with a DC-area retail real estate development company.

Additionally, through Burden’s innovative OPENgc service, GreeneHurlocker will be providing outside general counsel services to businesses in a custom-designed program for a flat fee.

“The fixed fee general counsel service is one of the many unique offerings that Jared brings to the firm. This will be a key value proposition for our clients in emerging markets,” says Eric.

“While I enjoyed practicing law in large law firms in Washington, DC and San Francisco, I’m most proud of the success of the solo law practice I founded here in Harrisonburg in 2015,” Jared explains.

“It leads perfectly to joining GreeneHurlocker, because the firm is a dynamic practice that is focused, as I am, on growth-stage businesses in innovative industries,” he says.

GreeneHurlocker’s Harrisonburg, VA office is located at The Hub, 128 W. Bruce St. in downtown Harrisonburg, VA, across the street from the Ice House and minutes from James Madison University.

Top Lawyers Make the Virginia Legal Elite

Eric Hurlocker and Will Reisinger, of our business, energy law and regulation practices, are listed among the Virginia Legal Elite, published in the December issue of Virginia Business magazine, publisher Bernie Neimeier has announced.

Eric Hurlocker at his desk

Eric Hurlocker is co-managing member of GreeneHurlocker

“Will and I are honored and pleased to be counted among the lawyers that our peers consider experienced and trustworthy, and to be recognized for the continued growth of the firm’s business and energy practices,” said Hurlocker.

Named to the list in Business Law, Hurlocker is a co-founder and co-managing member of the firm, with over two decades of practice in business and energy law. He has focused on advising clients in the areas of energy law as well as commercial transactions and general corporate work for energy and technology companies, manufacturers and services providers. After working in large law firms and for utility firms, Hurlocker joined with Brian Greene five years ago to form the GreeneHurlocker firm, which concentrates on work in energy law and for businesses operating in the mid-Atlantic.

Lawyer Will Reisinger

Will Reisinger is counsel in the energy and regulatory law practices.

Named to the list in Legislative/Regulatory/Administrative law, Reisinger, before joining GreeneHurlocker in 2016, served in the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia representing ratepayers in energy and utility matters before the Virginia State Corporation Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Supreme Court of Virginia. Earlier, he was a staff attorney for a non-profit environmental organization, where he worked to enforce state and federal environmental standards.

The Virginia Business Legal Elite list is compiled from nominations and votes submitted by the members of the Virginia Bar Association and Virginia State Bar. It has been published annually since 2000 by the magazine.

Virginia Energy Laws and Regulations Demystified

The GreeneHurlocker law firm has just published Principles of Electric Utility Regulation in Virginia, a guidebook designed to provide a plain-English explanation of some of the state laws regulating Virginia’s two largest monopoly electric utilities, explained co-managing member Eric Hurlocker, one of the firm’s energy law attorneys.

“The statutes governing Virginia’s electric utilities, found in Title 56 of the Code of Virginia, are extremely complex, but we’ve made our best effort at helping citizens who must do business with and purchase energy from Dominion Energy Virginia and Appalachian Power Company understand the rules in plain English,” said Hurlocker.

Co-Authored by regulatory lawyer Will Reisinger at the firm, the guidebook and its glossary of key terms is intended to be a reference tool for those who want to gain a better understanding of utility regulation and energy policy in Virginia.

“We hope this document will be useful for legislators and their staff, lobbyists, the media, as well as all citizens,” stated Reisinger.

Hurlocker has focused for more than two decades on advising clients in the areas of energy law as well as commercial transactions and general corporate work for energy and technology companies, manufacturers and services providers. After working in large law firms and for utility firms, Hurlocker joined with Brian Greene five years ago to form the GreeneHurlocker firm, which concentrates on work in energy law and for businesses in the energy space.

Reisinger, before joining GreeneHurlocker in 2016, served in the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia representing ratepayers in energy and utility matters before the Virginia State Corporation Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Supreme Court of Virginia. Earlier, he was a staff attorney for a non-profit environmental organization, where he worked to enforce state and federal environmental standards.

Persons interested in a copy of the guidebook can contact Hurlocker, Reisinger or download the complete guidebook here.

Back at Solar Focus!

We are very proud to be among the great sponsors of Solar Focus 2017 here in Washington DC!  We are looking forward to another great conference and supporting the continued growth of solar generation in the Mid Atlantic!

If you are here, please join us for coffee this morning.

Will Reisinger On Faculty for Renewable Energy CLE

Will ReisingerWill Reisinger energy lawyer, counsel in energy law and regulation, will be one of the faculty for the Renewable Energy in Virginia CLE, co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Section of the Virginia State Bar and produced by the Virginia CLE section of the Virginia Law Foundation, on Friday, September 22.

The two-hour session will be a live web broadcast on the Virginia CLE website on Friday, September 22 at 10:00 a.m. and will be rebroadcast Tuesday, October 24 with a live question and answer session.

Virginia CLE said the educational program will be a “primer on the regulatory environment for renewable energy in the Commonwealth” [and] “will spotlight the most pressing issues new projects face, offer must-knows to advise a client in this space, and take a look ahead at the evolving landscape.” In addition to Reisinger, faculty will include Will Cleveland of the Southern Environmental Law Center and Matt Gooch of the Office of Attorney General of Virginia.

Before joining GreeneHurlocker in 2016, Reisinger served in the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia representing ratepayers in energy and utility matters before the Virginia State Corporation Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Supreme Court of Virginia. Earlier, he was a staff attorney for a non-profit environmental organization, where he worked to enforce state and federal environmental standards. Reisinger is a frequent speaker on energy law and environmental regulation.

If you want informaiotn on this CLE, or on any issues in renewable energy law, please contact Will or one of our energy regulatory lawyers.

 

Journey to Japan

Each summer, teams from Richmond Little League play teams from Saitama, Japan.  My son Avi and I are excited to be in the Richmond contingent traveling to Japan this year. All in, there are 23 11- and 12-year-olds and 11 chaperones. My goal is to use this blog to keep everyone updated about our Japanese adventures. So, please check this blog periodically and allow me to share my adventures with you!

Helping Cancer Patients and Families with Legal Issues

Our firm was pleased to host a July 12 Life Planning Workshop for CancerLINC, a non-profit that connects cancer patients and their families with legal assistance, financial and community resources. The workshop was headed up by Andy Nea of Williams Mullen and staffed by Capital One attorneys including Robbie Basset, Graham Rollins and Nick Klaiber.  Legal services included preparing wills, Powers of Attorney (POAs) and Advanced Medical Directives (AMDs) for CancerLINC clients free of charge.

Some photos below include the volunteer lawyers and a few of the clients they served. For more information on CancerLINC, go to their website.

lawyers at Life Planning Workship 7-12

CancerLINC Volunteers at the Life Planning Workshop

Life Planning clients 7-12

CancerLINC clients

35th Annual National Regulatory Conference!

National Regulatory Conference logoGreeneHurlocker lawyers attended the 35th Annual National Regulatory Conference on May 18-19, 2017, in Williamsburg, Virginia. GreeneHurlocker attorneys Eric Wallace and Will Reisinger served on the conference planning committee for the past several months. This year’s agenda featured excellent speakers lined up to discuss important issues affecting utility regulation, including: (1) opportunities and obstacles for renewable energy markets; (2) the future for utilities in the capital markets; (3) the role of public-private partnerships in infrastructure development; (4) the pros and cons of subsidies; and (5) current issues in natural gas supply and production.

The attorneys of GreeneHurlocker look forward each year to the opportunity to meet new energy industry stakeholders and reconnect with industry friends and colleagues at the National Regulatory Conference – we hope to see you there! If you will not be able to attend this year and would like to learn more about the issues being discussed at the conference, or if you have any other questions regarding energy regulation in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, or elsewhere in our region, please contact one of GreeneHurlocker’s regulatory and energy attorneys.