Woods Rogers’ Administrative and Regulatory group represents clients in a variety of regulated industries, including electric, water, gas, and telecommunications companies; insurance agents and brokers; financial institutions; and healthcare companies. We also serve unregulated companies and other clients in:

  • Proceedings before the State Corporation Commission, including traditional regulation and deregulation of utility rates, services, facilities, and territories (certificates of public convenience and necessity); mergers and acquisitions involving regulated companies; and enforcement matters brought by the commission
  • Environmental, land use, mining and minerals, workplace safety, professional licensing, and other regulatory matters before state, local, and federal agencies. These include Virginia Department of Environmental Quality; Virginia Marine Resources Commission; Virginia Department of Health; Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy; Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control; Virginia Department of Transportation; Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; U.S. Department of Interior, Office of Surface Mining; Occupational Safety and Health Administration; and Mining Safety and Health Administration
  • State and federal litigation and appeals related to, or arising out of, State Corporation Commission and other administrative agency regulatory requirements and decisions
  • Matters involving legislative and public policy issues before the Virginia General Assembly, its committees, and its subcommittees

Our environmental practice group helps companies, municipalities, and individuals analyze, apply, and comply with the evolving array of state and federal environmental laws and regulations. We provide comprehensive compliance counseling, including environmental audits, due diligence, targeted assessments, and the development and implementation of environmental compliance assurance plans.

Woods Rogers’ attorneys have authored handbooks advising businesses on dealing with state and federal administrative agencies, and have conducted seminars on specific compliance areas — such as stormwater runoff management, erosion and sediment control, alternative environmental dispute resolution, and wetlands preservation and development.

Our attorneys assist clients in all stages of the environmental permitting process, including preparation and submission of permit applications, negotiations with regulatory officials, and representation of clients in permit issuance proceedings, as well as in actions regarding the renewal, modification, and transfer of permits or in appeals of permitting decisions in state and federal courts.