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James Patrick Guy II

815 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 620
Washington, District of Columbia 20006
Phone:  202.659.6731
4201 Dominion Boulevard
Suite 200
Glen Allen, Virginia 23060
Phone:  804.968.2984


Mr. Guy leads the Firm's Energy Industry Team. He represents energy infrastructure companies in regulatory, transactional, corporate and legislative contexts. His work has supported the construction of over 4,500 MW of electric power generation, and he does substantial work in wholesale power transactions. Mr. Guy also has significant experience in the formation and governance of electric cooperatives. He leads the Firm’s Utilities Regulation and Governance Practice team and its Innsbrook Office.

In 2016, Mr. Guy served as the 128th President of the Virginia Bar Association.

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Glen Allen, Virginia, 1994 – present
  • Miller & Hern, Glen Allen, Virginia, 1990 – 1994

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Virginia Bar Association: Immediate Past President (2017), 128th President (2016), Law Practice Management Division Chair (2012), Board of Governors Chair (2014), Administrative Law Section Former Chair
  • Energy Bar Association: Southern Chapter President (2011), Southern Chapter Board of Directors (2009-2017)
  • Virginia State Bar: Former Chairman, Administrative Law Section
  • Nineteenth National Regulatory Conference: Chair
  • Electric Cooperative Bar Association, member
  • American Bar Association, American Bar Foundation Fellow


  • Virginia Law Foundation Fellow
  • Recognized as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named Best Lawyers' 2016 & 2019 Richmond Energy Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Named Best Lawyers' 2015 Richmond Communications Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Listed among The Best Lawyers in America® for Administrative/Regulatory Law, Communications Law, and Energy Law since 2008 
  • Recognized as a Virginia Super Lawyer in Energy & Natural Resources, Utilities, Administrative Law and Business/Corporate since 2006
  • Recognized by Virginia Business’ Legal Elite in the areas of Legislative, Regulatory and Administrative Law since 2010
  • Appointed by the Virginia Code Commission in 2007 to the Administrative Law Advisory Committee. Chaired the "Incorporation by Reference" Work Group 2007–2008

Related Industries


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
  • B.A., Modern Studies, Echols Scholar, University of Virginia

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia