Albert V. Carr Visiting Professor of Law

Phone: 540-458-8330


Office: 4006 Lewis Hall 

Area of Expertise

Energy Policy and Regulation; Nuclear Policy and Regulation


BA, 1966, Virginia Military Institute

JD, 1971, Washington and Lee University School of Law


Al Carr has spent a career of more than forty years in the fields of energy and administrative law, beginning in 1971 as a Trial Attorney in the Office of General Counsel of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the "FERC").  While there his primary focus was on environmental, natural gas and electric regulatory matters.  He then took a position as a Trial Attorney at the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (the "NRC").  His primary duty was the trial of cases for the licensing of nuclear power plants.  In 1976 he left government service and entered private practice in Washington D. C., where he represented clients before the FERC and the NRC in matters involving the regulation of natural gas, electric and nuclear energy.

In 1981 Mr. Carr joined the Legal Department of Duke Power Company in Charlotte N.C.  While at Duke he was responsible for Duke's Federal regulatory matters, representing Duke Power and its subsidiaries in a variety of matters related to Federal regulation of the electric utility industry.  From 1981 to 1995 he was responsible for, among other things, regulatory matters for Duke's seven nuclear units, including contested licensing proceedings for Duke's Catawba Nuclear Station that lasted more than four years.  He was Duke's lead counsel for FERC matters, including its hydroelectric plants, for a number of years.  Mr. Carr also was directly involved with the corporate, regulatory and legislative issues associated with restructuring the electric utility industry.  These activities included extensive work on Federal legislative matters.    

In 1998 Mr. Carr retired from full-time employment as Deputy General Counsel, Duke Energy Corporation and continued for several years to represent Duke and other clients in energy regulatory and legislative matters.  He has recently participated in several national studies and analyses of, and given presentations on, the potential revival of the domestic nuclear power industry.  In the Fall of 2000, Mr. Carr, as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Washington & Lee University School of Law, began teaching a course in Federal Energy Regulation. The course was incorporated into the Law School's Third Year Program and as a Visiting Professor of Law he continues to teach that course as well as a first-year section of American Public Law Process and Advocacy Writing.  Mr. Carr is also Of Counsel with the international law firm Duane Morris LLP, working with the firm's Energy and Construction departments on nuclear  regulatory matters.

Mr. Carr received his BA in English from the Virginia Military Institute in 1966 and his JD from Washington and Lee in 1971.  A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Carr is a member of the Virginia, North Carolina and District of Columbia Bars.  Mr. Carr and his wife Gail have two grown children and live in Lexington, Virginia.

Admitted to practice in Virginia, North Carolina, and District of Columbia; Trial Attorney, Office of the General Counsel, Federal Power Commission, Washington, DC, 1971-73; Trial Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and Office of the Executive Legal Director, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 1973-75; private practice in Washington, DC, 1976-81; Associate/Assistant General Counsel, Duke Power Company, Deputy General Counsel, Duke Energy Corporation, 1981-98. Adjunct Professor of Law at W&L, 2000-09; Professor of Practice since 2009.