Scott Foster practices in Gentry Locke’s Richmond office, helping businesses with their land use and corporate law needs and handling outdoor advertising law matters. Additionally, Scott is a member of our Legislative Affairs and Solar Development team. Scott earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from William and Mary. In 2010, he became the first college student to be elected to the Williamsburg City Council, where he served as Vice-Mayor from 2016-2018. He was instrumental in the adoption of the 2013 City of Williamsburg Comprehensive Plan, advocating for additional residential density in Williamsburg’s downtown, which led to major reinvestment and development of that area. Scott currently serves on the Williamsburg Tourism Development Grant Review Committee and the Olde Towne Medical and Dental Center Board of Directors and remains an active member of the community, always seeking to improve the local and state economies.
Director, Center for Energy and Sustainable Development and Professor of Law, West Virginia University
Professor James M. (Jamie) Van Nostrand joined the faculty of the West Virginia University College of Law in July of 2011 to serve as the Director of the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development. Professor Van Nostrand came to the WVU College of Law from the Pace Law School in White Plains, NY, where he served as Executive Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center.
Prior to the spring of 2008, Professor Van Nostrand had a successful career as a partner in the Environmental and Natural Resources practice group of a large law firm based in the Pacific Northwest. In his 22-year career in private practice, Professor Van Nostrand represented energy clients in state regulatory proceedings in eight western states, as well as proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Professor Van Nostrand was recognized by the Energy Bar Association as the 2007 State Regulatory Practitioner of the Year.
Before going into private practice, Professor Van Nostrand spent five years with the New York Public Service Commission as an Assistant to the Commission for Opinions and Review and as Assistant to the Chairman. Professor Van Nostrand has taught courses in energy and regulated industries, environmental law, emissions trading, administrative law and business associations in various capacities at Lewis & Clark Law School, the University of Tennessee College of Law, the University of Iowa College of Law, and Pace Law School. He has published and lectured widely on emissions trading and strategies for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, climate change, energy policy, renewable energy, utility rates and electric restructuring plans, environmental justice, and utility mergers and acquisitions. In his role as Director of the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development, Professor Van Nostrand is involved in various energy and environmental efforts in West Virginia and the Appalachian region, offering objective, unbiased research and policy analyses and promoting policies that strike a proper balance between the development of energy resources and protection of the environment.
Daniel is a litigator and member of the Energy and Natural Resources Industry Team at Frost Brown Todd with nearly a decade of experience serving the energy industry. He primarily represents clients in the renewable, oil and gas, and nuclear energy industries in a variety of business and appellate litigation including contract disputes, real estate litigation, land use and zoning matters, construction disputes and litigation, and mechanics’ lien claims.
Daniel has extensive pre-trial experience and is known for his skilled drafting of pleadings, dispositive and pre-trial motions, and preparation of witnesses for depositions and trial testimony. He has successfully taken and defended numerous depositions, prepared and presented opening and closing statements and direct and cross examination, and drafted several successful appellate briefs.
Daniel currently represents various clients in state and federal courts across Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Prior to his work as a litigator, he practiced as a title attorney, drafting title opinions for oil and gas exploration and production companies.
Daniel serves as Editor of Frost Brown Todd’s Diversity & Inclusion Quarterly Report, on its Diversity Scholarship Committee, and on the Pittsburgh Legal Diversity & Inclusion Coalition.
He also serves on the board of directors of the Bloomfield Development Corporation (“BDC”), the registered community organization representing the neighborhood which he called home for nearly a decade. BDC organizes the Bloomfield Saturday Market, a nationally recognized farmers market serving the East End of Pittsburgh every Saturday during both the summer and winter months.
When not working in service of the needs of his clients and community, Daniel enjoys spending time with his wife, children and extended family, playing soccer, camping, hiking, and snow skiing.
Roger G. Hanshaw concentrates his legal practice on the environmental and technical issues that arise in business transactions, as well as regulatory compliance matters and litigation for a diverse client base.
He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame. This advanced science degree is critical in representing clients in the science driven field of environmental law.
Roger is a certified professional parliamentarian and regularly counsels government bodies and nonprofit organizations throughout the state and nation on meeting procedures, parliamentary law, bylaws construction and convention management. He is also a certified magistrate court mediator and board of directors member for the West Virginia Farm Bureau.
He is a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 33 (Calhoun, Clay and Gilmer Counties).
Kara Herrnstein meets the litigation and appellate needs of a wide range of clients, including producers, pipeline companies and industry groups. Throughout her career, she has assisted her clients in their efforts to build Ohio into a major mineral-producing state. She regularly litigates a variety of energy issues, including oil and gas disputes, mineral rights disputes and pipeline infrastructure disputes.
Kara also has a robust general commercial litigation practice, including in the areas of insurance and financial products. She represents clients nationwide in complex commercial litigation at both the trial and appellate level.
Prior to joining the firm, Kara served as a law clerk to the Hon. Alan E. Norris on the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and as a staff attorney at the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia. She also served as a law clerk to the Hon. Michael H. Watson on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
Andrew Smith has years of experience solving complex legal and business problems for clients both large and small in the construction, finance, government, energy, professional, and other sectors. Having grown up in a Lexington-based family business, Andrew brings that experience to bear in his practice. He is a commercial litigator and advisor who understands the business implications of his clients’ legal concerns. For that reason, Andrew is often able to solve both the immediate and root issues which clients experience, all with an eye toward avoiding prospective problems.