S. Perry Coburn


Perry Coburn is a partner in the firm’s Energy department and focuses his practice on electricity, natural gas, water, telecommunications, cable television and other public utility and regulatory matters. An experienced litigator, Mr. Coburn regularly represents businesses, industrial committees and other clients, both in regulatory, rulemaking and other proceedings before the Virginia State Corporation Commission; and in court cases pending in state and federal courts.

Before focusing on energy and public utility law, Mr. Coburn worked primarily in the area of business litigation, handling cases involving contract, business tort, and property loss disputes, including many that arose out of construction and development projects; real estate investments and acquisitions; property management and co-ownership arrangements; and other transactions affecting clients’ interests in commercial realty or related improvements or operations.

Mr. Coburn is a member of the firm's Recruiting and Client Development committees.

Public Utility Regulation
Sustainability: Energy & Green Development

• Virginia
• Tennessee
• U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
• U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Representative Regulatory Matters
• Public utility rate cases
• State Corporation Commission rulemaking proceedings

Representative Litigation Matters
• Products liability, business tort and contract actions
• Property loss disputes
• Construction disputes involving workmanship and design claims

College of William & Mary, J.D., 2009

Trinity College, B.A., Economics, 2002
Faculty Honors List


Virginia State Bar
• Administrative Law Section
• Environmental Law Section; Nominating Committee, 2021–2022
• Local Government Law Section
• Construction Law and Public Contracts Section
• Handbook Committee, 2018–2021

Virginia Bar Association
• Construction and Public Contracts Section
• Young Lawyers Division

The Bar Association of the City of Richmond
• Environmental and Energy Law Section
• Litigation Section
• Young Lawyers Section 
• Administration of Justice Committee, 2022–present
• Membership Committee, 2019-present; Chair, 2021–present
• Judiciary Committee, 2017–2019
• CLE Committee, 2015–2017
• Communications Committee, 2012–2015

Energy Bar Association, Southern Chapter
• Board Member, 2022–present

Federal Bar Association, Richmond Chapter
• Federal Litigation Section


City of Richmond Ethics Reform Task Force
• City Council Appointee, 2017–2019

Legal Aid Justice Center, Pro Bono Clinic
• Volunteer, 2017

Virginia Bar Association Model Judiciary Program
• Richmond Region Coordinator, 2014–2017
• Advisor/Coach to participating high schools, 2009–2010, 2016–2017

College of William & Mary Mock Trial
• Colonial Classic Mock Trial Invitational, Judge, 2017–2018, 2021–2022
• American Mock Trial Association's Williamsburg Regional Tournament, Judge, 2020

University of Richmond School of Law Moot Court 
• Harry L. Carrico Intrascholastic Moot Court Competition, Judge, 2017–2018

Virginia Bar Association National Moot Court Competition
• Judge, 2011, 2016–2017

Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Legal Aid Clinic
• Volunteer, 2009–2014, 2019

Virginia Super Lawyers
• Energy & Natural Resources, 2022-2023
• Business Litigation, 2020-2021

Virginia Rising Stars
• Business Litigation, 2015–2019

• Author, Product Liability Desk Reference, Virginia chapter, (Morton F. Daller ed., Aspen Law & Business 2018–2021)
• Co-author with Michael W. Smith and R. Braxton Hill, IV, Product Liability Desk Reference, Virginia chapter, (Morton F. Daller ed., Aspen Law & Business 2009–2017)