“Each client is different. I strive to understand each client’s needs and objectives, and then devise and implement strategies to attain them.”
Brian Greene works with clients to achieve their energy and business objectives. Brian’s clients benefit from his (i) deep knowledge of each state’s regulatory landscape, (ii) experience practicing among various commissions, (iii) relationships with key regulatory personnel, (iv) deep and multifaceted understanding of the energy industry, and (v) focus on his client’s bottom line and specific goals.
Brian’s energy practice is diverse and sophisticated.
Retail Energy Experience
Many of Brian’s clients are competitive retail suppliers of electricity and natural gas. He helped draft many of the regulations for competitive choice throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, including in Maryland, D.C. and Delaware. His practice has evolved along with the growth in the retail energy space.
Today, Brian assists clients with daily operational and compliance issues, and in regulatory proceedings, ensuring that his clients adhere to the very regulations that he helped draft. Brian affords his clients the opportunity to be innovative and creative in developing and marketing new products and services and he attempts to guide his clients past troublesome issues before they become rule infractions or operational impediments.
Recent examples of important matters—both to clients and the industry as a whole—Brian has worked on include representing retail energy suppliers:
In filing a petition, and a subsequent rulemaking, to implement supplier consolidated billing in Maryland;
in Maryland show cause cases;
In Maryland rulemaking proceedings involving implementation of new laws prohibiting low income shopping and establishing a new county aggregation program;
In a Virginia case involving the sale of renewable energy that resulted in oral argument and a victory at the Virginia Supreme Court;
In various Virginia declaratory judgment cases and in a utility’s triennial rate case to further retail competition;
In Wyoming and Kentucky in cases regarding natural gas choice programs.
Brian works with water and natural gas utilities in a range of matters, including representation before state commissions.
The types of matters Brian and his GreeneHurlocker colleagues typically handle for water and gas utilities include proceedings involving the purchase and sale of water and natural gas utilities and facilities, affiliate agreements, financing, base rate cases, natural gas SAVE programs, special rate contracts, declaratory judgment cases, and more. Brian works closely with utility clients to determine the best course of action with respect to the utility’s overall rates, rate designs, plant investments, and tariff-related issues.
Given GreeneHurlocker’s position as one of the leading firms serving the solar industry in Virginia and across the mid-Atlantic, Brian and his colleagues are called upon to provide experienced transactional, regulatory and financing counsel to solar and other renewable energy clients.
Brian’s recent renewable energy work includes appearances before commissions on solar developers and landowners in transmission line cases, and counsel for solar developers in obtaining certificates of public convenience and necessity (CPCNs) to construct and operate solar generating facilities in Virginia.
Brian’s peers have selected him as a Super Lawyer every year since 2006, and he has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer review rating. Since 2009, Virginia Business Magazine has listed Brian as one of Virginia’s Legal Elite in the Legislative, Regulatory, and Administrative Law practice area. These honors are significant because they are dependent on the votes of Brian’s colleagues among the Virginia Bar.
Brian takes pride in being an active member of the Richmond community. He serves on the board of the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond and the Weinstein Jewish Community Center. He served four years as the president of Rudlin Torah Academy, Richmond’s Jewish day school. Brian was Vice President of the Herb Cohen Memorial Fund from its inception in 2001 through 2020. During that time, the Fund provided more than 400 scholarships for kids to attend summer camps. In 2019, the Virginia General Assembly named Brian to the Virginia Israel Advisory Board (VIAB).
Brian and his wife live in Richmond and have two kids, three rescue dogs, and two cats. You can always find Brian rooting for his beloved Wahoos and Washington Nationals.
Energy Bar Association
Richmond Bar Association
Virginia State Bar Administrative Law Section, Former Chair
Washington & Lee University School of Law, J.D., 1994 (Member, Moot Court Board)
University of Virginia, B.A., 1991
District of Columbia
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Virginia, Maryland, and District of Columbia Federal Courts
Board, Jewish Community Federation of Richmond
Board, Weinstein Jewish Community Center
Past President, Rudlin Torah Academy
Past Vice-President, Herb Cohen Memorial Fund
President’s Award, presented by the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond — 2015
William B. Thalhimer Sr. Young Leadership Award, presented by the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond — 2012.
Law & Politics Magazine “Super Lawyer” — 2006 through 2021
Virginia Business Magazine “Legal Elite” (“Young Lawyer” category – 2005, 2006; “Legislative, Regulatory, and Administrative Law” category — 2009-2014, 2016-2017)