Belton provides clients with solutions to complex energy, utility, environmental and cybersecurity matters based on more than 30 years of energy industry experience. He has served as general counsel to a major electric and natural gas utility, where he also had managerial responsibility for industrial customer relations, power marketing and strategic planning.

Belton has participated as a lead attorney in negotiating multi-million dollar utility contracts, in permitting major infrastructure projects, in managing mega-project regulatory matters, in litigating general gas and electric rate cases, and in developing alternative energy projects. He has extensive experience in the state regulation of solar and alternative energy projects and nuclear power, and has been instrumental in shaping state laws regulating those industries.

In recent years, Belton has adapted his extensive experience in industrial and infrastructure matters to counsel clients on data management and cybersecurity in areas such as data breach preparation and response and litigation involving data management. He is a senior member of Womble Bond Dickinson’s Data Management and Cybersecurity Team.

He also was the lead attorney for the effort to create a regional transmission organization for South and North Carolina. Zeigler has represented clients before state regulators in more than 20 major proceedings and multiple appellate matters relating to those proceedings. In addition, he has litigated important municipal power and public finance cases in the courts, some of which involved appearing before the appellate courts.


    Any result the lawyer or law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

    • Served as principal state regulatory counsel in proceedings related to a $10 billion energy megaproject.
    • Represented utility companies in siting of major electric transmission system projects and nuclear and fossil fuel-powered generation projects.
    • Negotiated electric and natural gas energy supply agreements for a global technology firm’s data center and a national manufacturing company’s production facilities across the country.
    • Represented the developer in the first hog waste-to-methane project in North Carolina.
    • Completed the transfer of natural gas pipeline systems between regulated utilities and between regulated and municipal utilities.


    Contact information

    +1 803.454.7720
    +1 803.381.9120

    Bar admissions

    1982, South Carolina

    • United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


    • J.D., 1982, University of South Carolina School of Law
      • magna cum laude
      • Order of the Coif
    • Editorial Board, South Carolina Law Review
    • B.A., 1977, Amherst College: English
      • cum laude