Griggs & Adler, P.C.

Griggs & Adler, P.C.

Nation's Capitol Attorneys Deliver Results to Businesses and Individuals Using More than 55 Combined Years of Experience

Firm Overview

Advocating for clients in energy regulation, commercial real estate, and civil litigation.
Based in Reston, Virginia, a Washington suburb, Griggs & Adler, P.C. serves nationally based clients in its energy and civil litigation practice, and D.C. and Northern Virginia clients in its commercial real estate practice. If you are an energy service provider or user and need a legal advocate to represent you in regulatory matters, Griggs & Adler, P.C. has the experience and skills to meet your needs. If you are a landlord or tenant seeking lease drafting services or assistance with a lease dispute, or if you are looking for representation for civil litigation, Griggs & Adler, P.C. is highly qualified to assist you.

Griggs & Adler, P.C. is a highly respected firm, nationally recognized in our energy regulation and civil litigation practice. Attorney John Wyeth Griggs has earned the AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell for his high ethical standards and professional ability. Our clients expect the following at Griggs & Adler, P.C.:
Focused knowledge We are recognized for our superior knowledge in energy regulation, with extensive experience representing clients' interests with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Attorney John Wyeth Griggs, who heads our energy regulation practice area, has more than 35 years of experience in all three major areas of FERC practice--electric utilities, natural gas, and oil pipelines. In our civil litigation and commercial real estate pratice, we are known for creative thinking and dedicated efforts on our clients' behalf.
Skilled and efficient representation With our smaller size and lower overhead, Griggs & Adler, P.C. offers clients a more efficient and cost effective approach to case management than larger, more traditional law firms. We analyze clients' needs and define the most efficient approach to satisfying those needs. We do not undertake major expenditures without balancing the costs against the likely economic benefits, in close consultation with the client.
Superior client service We provide personal attention throughout your case. Attorneys at Griggs & Adler, P.C. are accessible and responsive, returning calls and emails and answering questions promptly.

Griggs & Adler, P.C. handles energy regulation, commercial real estate and civil litigation matters.
Energy regulation We represent clients on matters involving oil and gas pipelines, electric utilities and energy facilities requiring licenses from regulatory commissions. We practice extensively before the FERC.
Commercial real estate Griggs & Adler, P.C. drafts leases, conducts lease negotiations, undertakes lease enforcement, and advises clients on property management issues.
Civil litigation We handle business torts, employment law, breach of contract and other civil litigation matters.

Contact an energy regulation, commercial real estate, and civil litigation law firm located in the Greater D.C. area for a consultation
Call Griggs & Adler, P.C. at 703-860-6315 or contact us online to schedule an initial appointment about the facts of your case. We are eager to put our skills to work for you.

Main Office

Main Office
12020 Sunrise Valley Drive, Ste. 100
Reston VA 20191




Small Business Law

Griggs & Adler, P.C. assists small businesses with choice of entity issues, entity formation, general business contracts, employment law issues and similar matters. The small business practice is conducted by Debra Adler, with the assistance of John Griggs.

John Griggs

Griggs & Adler, P.C.

Practice areas
Energy regulation
Civil litigation
Commercial real estate
Natural resources

Colgate University, B.A., 1969

Law School
Columbia University, J.D., 1973

1973, District of Columbia
1977, Florida
1980, U.S. Supreme Court
1985, Alaska
2013, Virginia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 2nd, 4th,
9th, 10th and 11th Circuits

District of Columbia Bar
The Florida Bar
Alaska Bar Association
Energy Bar Association
Virginia Bar

Special Agencies
U.S. Department of the Interior Office of the Solicitor
Solicitor's Honors Program, 1973
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Office of the General Counsel


West Palm Beach, Florida

Administrative Editor, Columbia Human Rights Law Review, 19721973
Author: "Competitive Bidding and Independent Power Producers: Is Deregulation Coming to the Electric Utility Industry?" 9 Energy L.J. 415, 1988; "Restructuring the Natural Gas Industry: Order No. 436 and Other Regulatory Initiatives," 7 Energy L.J. 71, 1986; "BP Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill," 32 Energy L.J. 57, 2011
Member, Solicitor's Honors Program, U.S. Department of the Interior, 19731974
Attorney-advisor, U.S. Department of Interior, 1973-1976
Attorney, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 19761978
Associate, Trenam, Simmons, Kemker, Scharf, Barkin, Frye & O'Neil, Tampa, FL, 1978-1980
Partner, Duncan, Weinberg, Miller & Pembroke, Washington, DC, 1980-1985
Partner, Birch, Horton, Bittner & Cherot, Washington, DC, 1985-1991

Reported cases

Delmarva Power & Light Co. v. FERC, 671 F. 2d 1259 (D.C. Cir. 1982)
Delmarva Power & Light Co. v. FERC, 770 F. 2d 1131 (D.C. Cir. 1985)
Exxon Company, U.S.A. v. FERC, 181 F. 3d 30 (1999)
New York State Electric & Gas Corp. v. FERC, 712 F. 2d 762 (2d Cir. 1983)
OXY USA Inc. v. FERC, 64 F.3d 679 (D.C. Cir. 1995)
Petro Star, Inc. v. FERC, 268 F. App'x 7 (2008), cert. denied sub nom Exxon Mobil Corp. v. FERC, 129 S. Ct. 898 (2009)
Secure Engineering Services, Ltd. v. International Technology Corp., 727 F. Supp 261 (E.D. Va. 1989).
See Reported Cases for appearances in administrative proceedings.