Michael J. Quinan


804.697.4149 (p)
804.697.6149 (f)

Professional Affiliations

Virginia Code Commission 
• Administrative Law Advisory Committee, 2008-present

Virginia State Bar
• Administrative Law Section, Board of Governors, 1993-1997, 2003-2007; Chair 1996-1997
• National Regulatory Conference, Chair 1996

Virginia Bar Association
• General Counsel, 2016-2019
• Board of Governors, 2010-2011
• Law Practice Management Division, Chair 2010-2011; Professional Skills Development Committee, 2002-2007, Chair 2004-2007
• Administrative Law Section, Council; 1993-1995, 2006-2010; Chair 2008-2009
• Community Service Council, 2003-2008; Chair 2007
• Operations Committee, 2002-2004
• Strategic Group on New Dimensions in Professionalism, 2000-2002
• Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, 1996-2002; Chair 2000-2002
• Special Committee to Study the Proposed New Rules of Professional Responsibility, 1994-1995
• Special Committee to Study Whether an Administrative Conference of Virginia Should be Established, 1993-1994
• Young Lawyers Section, Executive Council, 1991-1995
• Lawyers for Literacy Committee, Chair 1991-1995

Federal Bar Association, Richmond Chapter
• Board of Directors, 2009-present

The Bar Association of the City of Richmond

Community Involvement

HARPS Foundation (American Youth Harp Ensemble)
• Board of Directors, President 2011-2013

Tuckahoe Little League
• Former League Director and Team Manager

Colgate University
• Alumni Admissions Program

Michael J. Quinan practices principally in the areas of business litigation, administrative law and public utility regulation. He regularly handles cases at the Virginia State Corporation Commission and other state agencies, and in state and federal courts throughout the Commonwealth.

Mr. Quinan formerly served as general counsel to the Virginia Bar Association and as the firm's managing partner.

Representative Litigation Matters

  • Business and contract disputes
  • Noncompetition and business tort claims
  • Municipal utility rate disputes

Representative Regulatory Matters

  • Transmission line and utility facilities cases
  • Public utility rate cases
  • State agency certificates and permits
  • State Corporation Commission and state agency rule-making proceedings
  • Professional licensing applications, investigations and appeals

Select Presentations

  • Mr. Quinan has presented continuing legal education seminars statewide on issues relating to litigation, practice management and law office technology.

Practice Areas

Trials/Appeals/Alternative Dispute Resolution
Public Utility Regulation
Transmission Siting
Insurance Regulation
Water and Sewer Regulation
Sustainability: Energy & Green Development


Vanderbilt University, J.D., 1984

Colgate University, A.B., 1981


• Virginia
• Tennessee
• U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
• U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
• U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
• U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
• U.S. Supreme Court 


The Best Lawyers in America©  
• Administrative/Regulatory Law, Energy Law, 2001-2019
• "Lawyer of the Year" for Richmond; Administrative/Regulatory Law (2018), Energy Law (2017, 2014)

Virginia Super Lawyers
• Business Litigation, 2018-2019, 2014-2015, 2008-2009

Legal Elite (Virginia Business)
• Legislative/Regulatory/Administrative, 2018

Virginia Bar Association's Special Recognition Award, 2019