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W. Edwards

Senior Counsel
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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Virginia, USA
    Local Time: Wednesday 00:19

Practice Expertise

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Appellate
  • Business Litigation
  • Chemicals, Products and Hazardous Materials

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate
  • Business Litigation
  • Chemicals, Products and Hazardous Materials
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Governance and Compliance-NEW
  • Energy and Environmental Litigation
  • Energy Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation
  • Natural Gas
  • Pipeline
  • Product and Mass Tort Litigation
  • Product Liability and Mass Tort Litigation
  • Retail
  • Rocket Docket Practice (US District Court ...
  • Telecommunications
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Profile

In addition to general complex business disputes, Jeff’s practice focused on handling post M&A disputes, utility-related disputes (including the gas pipeline, telecommunications, electric, and nuclear industries; and involving regulatory, operations, and condemnation issues), product safety issues, environmental and toxic tort matters, corporate governance matters, and real estate issues.

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia

Education
BA, Washington and Lee University, magna cum laude, 1978

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate
  • Business Litigation
  • Chemicals, Products and Hazardous Materials
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Governance and Compliance-NEW
  • Energy and Environmental Litigation
  • Energy Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation
  • Natural Gas
  • Pipeline
  • Product and Mass Tort Litigation
  • Product Liability and Mass Tort Litigation
  • Retail
  • Rocket Docket Practice (US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia)
  • Telecommunications

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments
  • Represented business clients handling disputes that arise in day-to-day operations and transactions in a variety of different businesses and industries. 
  • Represented gas pipeline companies in disputes arising from pipeline failures. One involved an explosion and the release of jet fuel and the other involved a massive natural gas explosion. 
  • Represented a gas pipeline in litigation involving carbon monoxide poisoning. 
  • Represented utility clients in disputes arising from the construction and operation of nuclear power plants. 
  • Represented utility clients in multiple industries on numerous real estate-related issues, including condemnation matters. 
  • Represented clients in several large toxic tort lawsuits involving multiple plaintiffs alleging property damage and personal injury. 
  • Represented numerous clients in post-M&A disputes involving purchase price adjustments, net working capital disputes, indemnification disputes, escrow disputes, and claims involving representations and warranties. 
  • Represented clients on regulatory issues related to CPSC and FDA compliance. Also represented clients regarding state law issues related to the manufacture, distribution, and sale of their products. 
  • Represented clients on numerous recall campaigns related to consumer and other products. 
  • Represented a Fortune 500 telecommunications carrier in litigation in a number of states involving issues arising under the Telecommunications Act of 1966. Provided advice on related issues to other telecommunications providers. 
  • Managed internal corporate investigations with reports and advice provided to Board Audit Committees and Senior Management. 
  • Advised corporate Boards of Directors on a variety of litigation-related issues involving fiduciary responsibilities. 
  • Represented federal agency pursuing construction license for nuclear waste repository. 
  • Consulted on sweepstakes, with focus on regulatory compliance, drafting of liability release, and anticipation and prevention of claims.
  • Represented pro bono clients on a number of matters including landlord-tenant disputes, domestic abuse matters, and prisoner rights.


Professional Associations
  • Member, Virginia State Bar, 1981-Present
  • Member, Virginia Bar Association, 1981-Present
  • Member, American Bar Association, 1981-Present
  • Member, Richmond Bar Association, 1981-Present
  • Executive Committee, Richmond Bar Association Litigation Section, 2013-2015
  • Adjunct Professor, Washington and Lee School of Law (Third year Practicum: The Full Life of an M&A Transaction, Fall 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017)

Articles

Additional Articles
  • Jail Time as a Result of Joint CPSC-Customs Enforcement, Law360
  • Fixing The CPSIA: What's Next?, Law360

Blogs

Privacy and Information Security Law Blog

Global privacy and cybersecurity law updates and analysis. Computerworld magazine has named Hunton & Williams the top firm for privacy for the fourth consecutive year based on a survey of more than 4,000 corporate privacy professionals. In addition, Chambers and Partners rated Hunton & Williams the top Privacy and Data Security practice in its Chambers Global, Chambers USA and Chambers UK guides, noting that the firm “is highly regarded for the strength of its excellent team.”

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