Escalating federal and state regulations continue to confront many U.S. industries and their operations. Woods Rogers’ Administrative and Regulatory group represents both public and private clients in a variety of regulated industries such as utilities (also encompassing environmental compliance), healthcare, telecommunications, and the financial sector. Our Antitrust and Trade Regulation team offers counseling and litigation experience for clients involved in complex commercial issues. Under a strategic alliance, we partner with Innovista Law regarding national telecommunications matters.
Within the utility sector, our attorneys conduct proceedings before the State Corporation Commission, including traditional regulation and deregulation of utility rates, provision of service, construction of facilities, and certification and adjustment of service territories. The firm also provides assistance with mergers and acquisitions involving regulated companies, as well as enforcement proceedings initiated by the Commission and related state and federal agencies.
Woods Rogers’ environmental team helps companies, municipalities, and individuals understand, 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. Environmental attorneys also litigate all manner of state and federal permitting and enforcement proceedings.
Our Health Law group navigates the complicated federal and state regulatory systems that directly impact the entire U.S. healthcare industry. We assist our clients in interpreting current laws and proposed legislation and regulations, and in spotting industry trends. We represent health care systems, physician practices, individual healthcare providers, long term care facilities, dentists, pharmacists and other providers in the areas of compliance, training, response to civil and criminal investigations, administrative appeals and licensure actions.
Our Antitrust and Trade Regulation team offers counseling and litigation experience to guide our clients through the intricacies of the state and federal antitrust, fair trade practices and related administrative laws, rules, and regulations. These requirements can affect sales, marketing and other aspects of business operations. Decisions and failure to comply can result in not only crippling monetary damages and injunctions, but criminal liability as well. Our experienced attorneys can provide assistance in marketing, distribution, sales, pricing and trade association contexts as well as in mergers, acquisitions, and other combinations that may have antitrust risk. The process of assessing when regulatory notice is necessary, such as pre-merger notifications under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, can be complex. We provide advice, training, and overall assistance in all areas in this regard, including administrative and court litigation, as well as civil and criminal investigations.
Finally, in the financial sector, Woods Rogers works with the Virginia Credit Union League to staff a regulatory compliance hotline. A Certified CUNA Credit Union Compliance Expert attorney manages this program.