Katie Payne has more than nine years of experience representing clients before the Virginia executive and legislative branches.  Her representative experience includes issues related to appropriations, energy, health care, insurance, procurement, taxation, transportation, technology and telecommunications. This experience, combined with her legal practice, enables her to assists clients with government relations, legislative advocacy, business development and regulatory matters.  Katie has represented clients before various government agencies, including the State Corporation Commission.  Katie’s clients include international corporations, Virginia-based businesses, trade associations and public entities.  

Katie Payne has more than nine years of experience representing clients before the Virginia executive and legislative branches.  Her representative experience includes issues related to appropriations, energy, health care, insurance, procurement, taxation, transportation, technology and telecommunications. This experience, combined with her legal practice, enables her to assists clients with government relations, legislative advocacy, business development and regulatory matters.  Katie has represented clients before various government agencies, including the State Corporation Commission.  Katie’s clients include international corporations, Virginia-based businesses, trade associations and public entities.  
 
In addition, Katie is a member of the Energy Practice Group at Williams Mullen, where she advises clients on regulatory and legislative issues in the energy field.   Katie advocates on behalf of large energy companies, technology companies and developers to advance public policy related to the solar industry, namely the enhancement of tax credits for industrial-scale solar development.  Along with a colleague, she formed a trade association devoted to the advancement of solar energy in Virginia. 

She also regularly deals with federal election law issues, primarily focusing on Political Action Committee compliance.  At the state level, Katie deals with issues pertaining to Virginia’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, the Freedom of Information Act and the Virginia Public Procurement Act. She has ample experience dealing with Virginia’s Department of Minority Business Enterprise, specifically representing businesses seeking Small, Woman- and Minority-Owned (SWaM) certification. 

Katie is a member of the firm’s Public-Private Partnership and Economic Development Teams, and she is a member of the Virginia Housing Commission’s Affordable Housing, Real Estate Law and Mortgages and Housing and Environmental Standards workgroups.

Katie has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Virginia Super Lawyers magazine (2013-present),  named among Virginia's "Legal Elite" by Virginia Business magazine (2015-2016) and listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Government Relations (2018-present). She is admitted to practice in Virginia, and she is a member of the Virginia Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division, as well as the American Bar Association, the Richmond Bar Association and the Metro Richmond Women’s Bar Association.

Katie received her Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Richmond School of Law where she was editor-in-chief of the Richmond Journal of Law and the Public Interest. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree, with high honors, from the College of William & Mary, where she also received the William & Mary Leadership Award.