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Recent Residential Foreclosure Cases Bring About Changes in the Law

by on January 13, 2017
Recent Residential Foreclosure Cases Bring About Changes in the Law

The increased number of residential foreclosures in the recent past has also led to a rise in the number of lawsuits from borrowers challenging the validity of some of those foreclosures. As a result, a number of recent Virginia cases have shed some light on the foreclosure process and helped to clarify the rights of […]

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Madison Homes Proposes to Develop Townhomes as a Component of the Heritage Mall Redevelopment

by on January 13, 2017
Madison Homes Proposes to Develop Townhomes as a Component of the Heritage Mall Redevelopment

On December 6, 2016, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a rezoning of the Heritage Mall in Annandale from the C-6 Community Retail District to the Planned Development Commercial District. This paves the way for single-family attached residences to complement existing retail and office uses. The 11-acre property is located on the west side […]

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Good Deeds – Randy Minchew

by on January 13, 2017
Good Deeds – Randy Minchew

“A Scoutmaster should never mix Scouting and politics.” Randy Minchew emphasized the importance of this adage during our conversation about his lifelong involvement with the Boy Scouts of America. Although Randy has been careful to strictly follow this golden rule, his scouting roots are evident in both his legal and political career. “As land use […]

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Employee Spotlight

by on January 13, 2017
Employee Spotlight

Back in the 1970’s, growing up in a wooded neighborhood in Tysons Corner, John never imagined he would become an attorney. He imagined himself as a musician, but John’s father, who worked in the construction and development business, told him he needed to make an honest living. Hoping to buy time before committing to a […]

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Town of Leesburg Gives Two Zoning Applications the Thumbs Up

by on December 13, 2016
Town of Leesburg Gives Two Zoning Applications the Thumbs Up

Represented by the firm’s Leesburg office, Knutson Companies will build 64 multi-family dwelling units and Lansdowne Development Group will combine commercial mixed-use and multi-family residential development to promote a more vibrant downtown experience. The Knutson Companies application is a special exception to permit 64 multi-family dwelling units in the B-1 (downtown business) and H-1 (Old […]

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A Virginia Business Owner’s Guide to Drafting an Employee Manual

by on December 13, 2016
A Virginia Business Owner’s Guide to Drafting an Employee Manual

Two questions frequently asked by our Virginia business clients concern the importance of an employee manual and who should draft it. There is no doubt that if you have more than a few employees, a well-written employee manual can effectively communicate your workplace policies and help you reduce the risk of a lawsuit. While employment […]

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A Right-to-Work State: Virginians Decide With Their Vote

by on December 13, 2016
A Right-to-Work State: Virginians Decide With Their Vote

Virginia has been a right-to-work state since 1947, meaning that it is illegal, pursuant to statute, for an employer to require an employee to be a member of, or pay dues to, a labor union. On Election Day, Virginians cast their ballots to determine if this law should become a part of the Virginia Constitution. […]

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Good Deeds

by on December 13, 2016
Good Deeds

A native Texan, Erin joined the firm in 2013. As a mother of two with a busy transactional practice, her free time is a precious commodity. Still, she makes time to get involved with industry organizations that promote the advancement of women and improve the lives of children. It’s not easy balancing a family and […]

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Employee Spotlight

by on December 13, 2016
Employee Spotlight

In high school, Wendy performed in show choirs and musical theatre, and received high marks in her civics and government classes. She decided to major in government at the University of Virginia and there, during a commercial law course, her career came into focus. Later, in a trial advocacy class in law school, Wendy realized […]

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U.S. Federal Court Issues Injunction to Deny Proposed Revisions to FLSA’s “Salary Basis Test”

by on December 6, 2016
U.S. Federal Court Issues Injunction to Deny Proposed Revisions to FLSA’s “Salary Basis Test”

In June of this year, Land Sense published an article about the change the U.S. Department of Labor announced in May for determining overtime eligibility. That rule change, which was set to go into effect on December 1, 2016, raised the minimum salary test for determining overtime eligibility to $47,892 annually. In other words, the […]

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