J. Kennerly Davis, Jr.
J. Kennerly Davis, Jr. is a Senior Attorney with Hunton & Williams LLP in Richmond, Virginia. Ken’s practice focuses on energy and infrastructure law and regulation.
Ken, a retired business executive and former public official, has over thirty-five years of experience in corporate management and the practice of law. Combining the perspectives of an attorney and businessman, he writes and speaks frequently on a variety of topics related to regulation and regulatory reform, capitalism, property rights, the rule of law and economic development. Ken’s articles have appeared in a number of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Federalist Society Review, reports of the Center For Strategic & International Studies, and the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
In 2013 and 2014, Ken served as Deputy Attorney General for Virginia, responsible for matters relating to transportation, infrastructure, and land use. In that capacity, his clients included the Virginia Port Authority, Virginia Department of Transportation, and Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority. During his term of service, Ken drafted numerous official advisory opinions for the Attorney General.
Prior to his service in Virginia’s Office of the Attorney General, Ken practiced law for fifteen years as Counsel at Hunton & Williams in Richmond, advising a wide variety of clients on the regulatory restructuring of the electric power industry.
Before that time in private practice, Ken worked in Richmond for seventeen years as a staff attorney, a manager, and finally as an executive officer for the electric and gas utility Virginia Power and its parent company Dominion Resources. During that time, his responsibilities included corporate finance and capital management, risk management, and compliance with the regulatory requirements of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Before moving to Richmond, Ken worked on Capitol Hill in the 1960s and 1970s, serving as a legislative aide and research assistant to Ohio’s Congressman Delbert Latta, and as a speech writer and research assistant to Ohio’s Senator Robert Taft, Jr.
After completing an honors program supervised by Mr. Walter Berns, Ken graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a B.A. degree in Government in 1968. In 1970, Ken earned an M.A. degree from Pembroke College, Oxford, in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He was awarded a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1974, and was awarded an M.B.A. degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1993.
Ken’s volunteer work for the Federalist Society currently includes service on the Executive Committee of the Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group, and service on the Steering Committee of the Richmond Lawyers Chapter. Ken also serves as a non-resident Senior Associate at the Center For Strategic & International Studies, where he works on the Center’s Project on Prosperity and Development.