J. Randall Minchew

J. Randall Minchew

Managing Shareholder

One East Market Street, Suite 300
Leesburg, VA 20176-3014
703.737.3633 x5777
703.737.3632 (Fax)



Randy has been with WCL&W since 1998 and serves as Managing Shareholder of the firm’s Loudoun Office. Primarily working in land use and zoning, he has successfully represented a number of clients in obtaining the necessary approvals for a variety of cases, including major residential, commercial, and mixed-use projects.

As a Leesburg resident, Randy has been deeply involved in a number of local government and community service activities in both Loudoun County and the Town of Leesburg. Randy is also a leader and Life Director of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association, which was founded in part by his father, the late John R. Minchew, founder and President of the Minchew Corporation, a leading Northern Virginia homebuilder. Randy currently serves in the Virginia General Assembly representing the citizens of Loudoun, Clarke, and Frederick counties in the House of Delegates.

Professional Recognition

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell (highest rating)
  • Voted among the “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business Magazine
  • Recognized as one of “Virginia’s Top Rated Lawyers” by Law.com

Publications and Presentations

  • Loudoun County Rural Economic Development Task Force, “The 200,000-Acre Solution: Supporting and Enhancing a Rural Economy for Loudoun’s 21st Century” (1998)
  • “On Vested Rights to Land Use and Development,” 46 Washington and Lee Law Review 373 (1989)
  • Numerous CLE seminar papers on land use law, vested rights, and regulatory takings

Community Involvement

  • Loudoun County Finance Board, Member
  • Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • Loudoun Healthcare Foundation, Charter Trustee and Member
  • Loudoun County Boy Scouts, Chairman, Scoutmaster, Troop 998, Leesburg, VA
  • Loudoun County Economic Development Commission, Chairman
  • Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, General Counsel
  • Northern Virginia Building Industry Association, Life Director
  • Loudoun Country Day School, Board of Trustees

Public Service

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable A. Christian Compton, Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia (1984–85)
  • Counselor and Advisor to Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell
  • Member, Virginia House of Delegates, 10th District

Practice Areas

Land Use and Zoning
Eminent Domain
Regulatory Takings & Vested Rights


Washington & Lee University, J.D., 1984

Law Review Staff Writer, 1982–83; Editor 1983–84

Oxford University Magdalen College, Certificate of Jurisprudence, 1982

Duke University, A.B., cum laude, 1980

Virginia Theological Seminary, Dip. Theo., 2010

Professional Membership

Virginia State Bar

Loudoun County Bar Association, Former President

Virginia Bar Association

Admitted to Practice in:

Supreme Court of Virginia

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia

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