Cliona Mary Robb


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Professional Affiliations

Virginia State Bar
• Disciplinary System, Third District Committee, Section II, 2007-2013; Vice Chair, 2009-2010; Secretary, 2008-2009
• Administrative Law Section Board of Governors, former Chair; National Regulatory Conference Planning Committee, 2008-present

Virginia Chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT)
• Member, Board of Directors, 2004-present; Secretary, 2015-present; President, 2009-2010; Treasurer, 2005-2007

Energy Bar Association
• Southern Chapter, Board of Directors, 2012-present

Virginia Bar Association
• Law Practice Management Division, Executive Council, 2011-present; Vice Chair, 2018-present
• Administrative Law and Business Law Sections

The Bar Association of the City of Richmond

Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar Association

Community Involvement

Virginia Solar Energy Development and Energy Storage Authority
• Board Member (by gubernatorial appointment), 2015-present; Chair, 2018-present

Commonwealth Catholic Charities
• Member, Board of Directors, 2011-present; President, 2018-present; Vice President, 2014-2018; Secretary, 2012-2014; 

Leadership Metro Richmond
• Chair, 2004 LMR Fall Conference Committee
• Class of 2003

Friends Association for Children
• Member, Board of Trustees, 2003-2009

St. Thomas More Society
• Member, 1995-present; Executive Committee, 1999-2010

Jane's Group
• Founding member of book group established September 1992

FIRST Lego League
• 2011: Co-director, Regional Tournament at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School (Richmond)
• 2010: Teamwork Judge, Regional Tournament at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School (Richmond)
• 2009: Research Judge, Regional Tournament at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School (Richmond)
• 2008: Research Mentor, Demon Squirrels; Virginia State Tournament Teamwork Award
• 2007: Research Mentor, Demon Squirrels; Delaware State Champion's Award, Second Place
• 2007: Research Mentor, Blue Dragons Team (St. Michael's Episcopal School); Virginia State Champions; FIRST Lego League World Festival Honorable Mention
• 2006: Research Coach, Team Botzilla (St. Michael's Episcopal School); advanced to Virginia State Tournament

Cliona Mary Robb, LEED® AP, is chair of the firm's Sustainability: Energy and Green Development practice group and the Energy and Telecommunications department.  Her work is typically adverse to monopoly utilities.  She represents municipal, industrial, and commercial customers of electric, natural gas, and water utilities regarding rate, service and transmission line siting.  She also works on renewable energy transactions involving solar power and wind power.  Her work on behalf of providers includes representing competitive telecommunications providers, solar power providers, cable companies, and independent power producers.

Ms. Robb holds the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® Accredited Professional designation, and has been active in bar activities, serving as chair of the Virginia State Bar (VSB) Administrative Law Section, chair of the VSB Administrative Law Section National Regulatory Conference, and editor of the VSB Administrative Law Section newsletter. She served on a VSB local District Committee for investigating legal ethics complaints from 2007 to 2011.

Representative Local Government Matters

  • Counsel for Virginia Energy Governmental Association (VEPGA), an association of local governments in Virginia Power's service territory, for contract negotiations with Virginia Power, and lead counsel for purchase of renewable energy certificates to assist in compliance with Clean Air Act requirements.
  • Counsel for Northern Virginia Electric Customer Group, an association of local governments in Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative's service territory, for contract negotiations with electric cooperative, and counsel for public utility commission proceeding impacting wholesale rates.

Representative Energy Services Matters

  • Advising large energy users that seek to optimize opportunities in PJM and other load response programs.
  • Negotiating for purchasers of green energy.
  • Advising on major energy legislation considered by the Virginia General Assembly.
  • Representing local governments and developers in public utility commission proceedings involving siting of electric transmission lines.

Representative Power Producers Matters

  • Negotiating purchase power contracts for independent power producers.
  • Negotiating interconnection agreements for qualifying facilities.
  • Representing waste-to-energy facility on avoided cost proceeding before public service commission.

Representative Telecommunications and Cable Matters

  • Advocating statewide regulation of electric cooperative pole attachments.
  • Negotiating cable franchise agreements.
  • Advising on implementation of statewide cable franchising provisions.
  • Seeking regulatory approvals for certificates to provide competitive telecommunications services.
  • Advising on rulemaking proceedings at public utility commission.

Select Publications

  • Author, "It Isn't Easy Being Green" Virginia State Bar Administrative Law News, March 2009
  • "Electric Reregulation: What Will It Really Mean?" Virginia Association of Planning Commissions, Winter Conference, 2007
  • "The Future of Electric Rates in Virginia," Hampton Roads Majors and Chairs Caucus, 2006

Select Presentations

  • Moderator, "Where are the Markets for Independent Generation?" Governor's Conference on Energy, Richmond, Virginia, 2010
  • Moderator, "How Regional Interests Outside Virginia Could Impact the Siting of Transmission Lines in Virginia," Commonwealth of Virginia Energy and Sustainability (COVES) Conference, Lexington, Virginia, 2007
  • "Electric Utilities: Finding a Balance Between Markets and Regulation," Commonwealth of Virginia Energy and Sustainability (COVES) Conference, Lexington, Virginia, 2006

Practice Areas

Sustainability: Energy & Green Development
Transmission Siting
Public Utility Regulation
Cable Television
Water Regulation


Duke University School of Law, J.D., 1992
Notes Editor, Alaska Law Review

Duke University, M.A., 1992

Princeton University, A.B., 1985
Varsity Cross Country and Track & Field Teams

Woodberry Forest School, 1981
Varsity Cross Country and Track & Field Teams


• Virginia


The Best Lawyers in America©  
• Energy Law, 2009-2019

Virginia Super Lawyers
• Energy & Natural Resources, 2012-2019

Women in Cable Telecommunications Most Improved Chapter Award, 2010

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® Accredited Professional (LEED®AP), 2009

Women in Cable Telecommunications Inspire and Others Will Follow Award, 2007-2009

Women in Cable Telecommunications Pinnacle Award, 2006

Qualified for Boston Marathon, time of 3:09