The Land Lawyers Blog

Employee Spotlight

by on May 22, 2017
Employee Spotlight

Stephen Hall joined the firm in April 2017 and works primarily in the Land Use & Zoning Practice Group in the Prince William office. Stephen received his undergraduate degree in policy studies and religion from Syracuse University. Before law school, he spent six months as a night stocker and receiver at a Lowe’s store outside […]

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Good Deeds – Lynne Strobel

by on May 22, 2017
Good Deeds – Lynne Strobel

When I solicited suggestions for my next column feature, I immediately heard from many firm employees recommending that I feature Lynne Strobel due to her well-known and much respected history of community involvement and her track record of good deeds. Lynne is a land use attorney in the firm’s Arlington Office and is fortunate to […]

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Land Lawyers Prepare for Third Annual Legal Mushball Classic

by on May 22, 2017
Land Lawyers Prepare for Third Annual Legal Mushball Classic

While Major League Baseball is already two months into its season, the more important event is coming up: The Third Annual Legal Mushball Classic! On Saturday, June 17 at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy complex, 20 law firms will battle it out for the coveted Mushball Classic Trophy. Surprisingly, ESPN has opted not to […]

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Seven Land Lawyers Named to 2017 Super Lawyers Lists

by on May 22, 2017
Seven Land Lawyers Named to 2017 Super Lawyers Lists

We are pleased to announce that three attorneys have been named to the 2017 Super Lawyers list and four to the 2017 Rising Stars list. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. This selection process […]

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North Potomac Yard Small Area Plan Update

by on May 22, 2017
North Potomac Yard Small Area Plan Update

After a year-long public engagement process, Alexandria’s North Potomac Yard Small Area Plan Update is near completion. The Plan, when originally approved in 2010, envisioned redevelopment of the 70-acre Potomac Yard Shopping Center into a 7.5-million-square-foot mixed-use project with the proposed new Potomac Yard Metrorail Station as its centerpiece. This density was premised upon the […]

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2017 Virginia General Assembly Legislative Summary

by on April 19, 2017
2017 Virginia General Assembly Legislative Summary

The Virginia General Assembly concluded its 46-day 2017 session on February 25, 2017, passing more than 1,800 bills and making adjustments to the $107 billion biennium budget to address a $1.2 billion revenue shortfall. Of particular priority, the legislature agreed to retain a three percent salary increase for state employees and a two percent raise […]

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2017 Eminent Domain Legislative and Case Law Update

by on April 19, 2017
2017 Eminent Domain Legislative and Case Law Update

In its 2017 session, the Virginia General Assembly made some modest improvements to the existing eminent domain statutes. The improvements include requiring additional notice of the filing of a certificate of take, shortening the time for filing a petition in condemnation by localities, clarifying that attorney’s and expert fees are clearly recoverable in inverse condemnation […]

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Blue Ridge Shadows

by on April 19, 2017
Blue Ridge Shadows

On January 17, John Foote and Marian Harders, with the able direction of D.R. Horton Project Manager Ines Vega, successfully shepherded a unique rezoning and subdivision variance application through the Board of Supervisors in Warren County. The case presented a complex range of land use and engineering issues that, after much time and effort, achieved […]

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Understanding the Pitfalls of the Memorandums of Understanding

by on April 19, 2017
Understanding the Pitfalls of the Memorandums of Understanding

It is common practice for individuals and businesses involved in any form of transaction to memorialize the status of their negotiations to ensure there is no misunderstanding between them as to their expectations moving forward. These documents are often referred to as “Letters of Intent” or “Memorandums of Understanding” and are sometimes considered by the […]

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Good Deeds – Everybody Wins! DC

by on April 19, 2017
Good Deeds – Everybody Wins! DC

Since early 2016, volunteers from Walsh Colucci’s Arlington Office have been participating in the Everybody Wins! DC Power Lunch Program at Key Elementary School. Currently, 14 Arlington employees make the short trip over to Key Elementary School on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to read with a reading buddy. During the month of April, Walsh […]

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