Kara Cunningham Williams focuses her practice in the areas of energy and utility law. With over 20 years’ experience in transactional, regulatory and litigation matters, she offers a seasoned, comprehensive approach geared to anticipating client needs and providing top quality, timely service. Her transactional work includes acquisitions, divestitures and due diligence, as well as the negotiation and documentation of credit agreements. As a former Commissioner on the West Virginia Public Service Commission, she also brings high-level experience in areas such as utility rates, billing practices, quality of service, inter-utility agreements, property and financial transactions, and facility siting. She is co-lead of the firm’s Alternative & Renewable Energy team and advises developers and other participants on project development and siting. In addition, she has served as interim outside general counsel for a large municipal utility; has represented natural gas and oil pipelines in complicated contract, real estate, and jurisdictional matters involving state and federal law; has litigated contract and other disputes involving coal industry interests; and has significant experience in commercial litigation, with a focus on banking, financial services and class action defense. Williams also has served as an Adjunct Lecturer at the WVU College of Law.
2015-2017 West Virginia Public Service Commission
2014 Adjunct Lecturer, West Virginia University College of Law
1999-2013 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1995-1999 Hunton & Williams LLP
1993-1994 Judicial Clerk, Supreme Court of Maine