Edward L. Flippen

Edward Flippen has 35-plus years of experience in all manner of energy regulatory proceedings, including matters concerning approval of power plants, transmission lines, affiliate and/or financing applications, as well as general and expedited rate proceedings, and special rate/rate design matters, among others.  He served in the Office of General Counsel of the Virginia State Corporation Commission from 1975-1980, leaving the Commission in 1980 as deputy general counsel. From 1980-1981, he was assistant general counsel for Duke Power Company. He joined the energy and environment group at a Richmond law firm as an associate in 1981, and became a partner in 1983. Flippen joined McGuireWoods in 1999 and retired as partner in 2010.

In addition to his law practice, Flippen has lectured at numerous universities in the U.S. on such topics as trade regulation at the Graduate School of Business at the College of William & Mary; economic regulation at the University of Virginia School of Law and at the Washington and Lee University School of Law; economic regulation and applied business and law at the College of William & Mary School of Law; economic regulation and antitrust at the Duke University School of Law; and economic regulation and corporate finance at the University of Richmond School of Law.

He has also been a guest lecturer at universities in Australia, Germany, France, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, and in the United Kingdom at the LSE, Cambridge and Oxford. Flippen has authored numerous articles on economic regulation, and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Virginia Super Lawyers. Flippen received his MBA and J.D. from the College of William & Mary, where he served on the Board of Visitors (2010-14).

He is currently a lecturer on energy regulation and policy at the University of Virginia School of Law and the Queen Mary University of London. Flippen is councel at McGuireWood LLP. He was formerly partner of the Energy & Environmental Group, McGuireWoods, 1999-2010; partner, Energy Practice Group, Troutman Sanders, 1981-99; assistant general counsel, Duke Power Company, 1980-81; deputy general counsel, associate general counsel, and general attorney, Virginia State Corporation Commission, 1975-80.


  • J.D.
    College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law
  • M.B.A.
    College of William and Mary
  • B.S.
    Virginia Commonwealth University

Current Courses

No courses were found for this instructor.

Faculty in the News