Nan E. Walsh

Nan E. Walsh

Managing Shareholder

2200 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 1300
Arlington, VA 22201-3359
703.528.4700 x5420
703.525.3197 (Fax)


“Nan Walsh is knowledgeable, well entrenched in the market, and experienced. Her practice is focused on Arlington County, where she is considered a go-to lawyer for any zoning need.”
–Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

“Our Development team selected Nan Walsh of Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley & Walsh, P.C. and that proved to be a very wise decision. Nan’s strategic approach, negotiating skills, and fearless leadership were essential in an approval which occurred on a timely basis. Her performance exceeded our lofty expectations. In addition, Nan’s sense of humor and positive attitude actually made our difficult case enjoyable. We will have numerous applications in the future and will rely on Nan’s expertise and exceptional skills to guide us through the development process.”
–Developer/Landowner for Rosslyn Project

“The Arlington Chamber of Commerce has the utmost respect for Nan as a litigator, person, and leader. Her work is, in its own right, an economic engine that has contributed greatly to the success of Arlington County. Without her, we would be a lesser community.”
–President, Arlington Chamber of Commerce

“Nan understands and embraces the vision for Arlington’s commercial corridors to become places for people to live, work and shop. She has been a catalyst for bringing this vision to reality. As a result of her tireless efforts, Arlington’s tax-base is one of the most healthy and diversified revenue streams in the nation – and the Metro station areas in Arlington are recognized as some of the finest examples of responsible, smart-growth”
–Commercial Real Estate Broker

Nan has been with the firm since 1984, specializing in land use and zoning law. She is an expert in all phases of the land use and zoning process in Northern Virginia, with extensive experience assisting clients in residential, commercial, mixed-use, and institutional projects in Arlington County and the City of Alexandria. Nan has gained invaluable knowledge through her experience with hundreds of zoning cases involving diverse and complex issues, including affordable housing, transferred development rights, historic preservation, amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and the comprehensive plan, and business and tenant relocation.

A graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law, Nan worked as a legal assistant at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of General Counsel. Since joining The Land Lawyers, she has consistently been recognized by her clients and peers and is regularly named to the Best Lawyers in America® for Land Use and Zoning Law in Northern Virginia. She is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards, and consistently ranks as one of the best lawyers in Chambers USA, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use-Northern Virginia. Nan was recently featured in a special legal supplement to the Wall Street Journal. Nan received a Community Leadership Award from Taste of Arlington and is a “power lunch reading mentor” with Everybody Wins! DC—a non-profit organization devoted to promoting children’s literacy and a love of learning through shared reading experiences. For the past 18 years, Nan and Art Walsh have hosted an annual golf tournament to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Representative Experience

  • Major hospital campus renovations for Virginia Hospital Center (George Mason Drive, Arlington)
  • Approval for Arlington Square/Arna Valley garden apartments (South Glebe Road, Arlington)
  • Approval for Station Square with high-rise residential and retail (Clarendon, Arlington)
  • Approval of three phases of Market Common Clarendon with retail, residential, and office (Clarendon, Arlington)
  • Approval of 1515 North Courthouse Road with high-rise office building (Courthouse, Arlington)
  • Approval of 3000 Washington Boulevard with high-rise residential (Clarendon, Arlington)
  • Approval of 4301 & 4401 Wilson Boulevard with two high-rise office buildings for electric cooperative association (Ballston, Arlington)
  • Approval of 2121 15th Street North with office/retail building for Strayer University, Courthouse Metro Campus (Courthouse, Arlington)
  • Approval of 1611 Clarendon Boulevard with high-rise office and high/mid-rise residential and retail (Courthouse, Arlington)
  • Approval of Saul Center at 3030 Clarendon Boulevard, a two-block mixed-use high-rise office, residential, and retail redevelopment with two historic preservation buildings (Clarendon, Arlington)
  • Approval of 2102 North Westmoreland Street with mid-rise residential/retail (East Falls Church, Arlington)
  • Approval of 1800 Wilson Boulevard with mid-rise condominiums (Courthouse, Arlington)
  • Approval of Arlington Gateway high-rise condominiums with western entrance to Ballston Metro Station (Ballston, Arlington)
  • Approval of 3901 North Fairfax Drive with high-rise office building, retail, black box theatre, and park (Virginia Square, Arlington)
  • Approval of 1812 North Moore Street with high-rise LEED Platinum office building (Rosslyn, Arlington)
  • Approval of 2201 North Pershing Drive at Arlington Boulevard with mid-rise apartments and retail (Courthouse, Arlington)
  • Approval of 800-900 North Glebe Road with two high-rise office buildings (one for Virginia Tech Foundation), AHC affordable housing building, and townhouses (Ballston, Arlington)
  • Approval of redevelopment of Bergmann’s Dry Cleaning site, 2145 Lee Highway, with 202 multi-family units, including high-rise apartments, row houses, and an organic grocer (Courthouse Area, Arlington)
  • Approval of 650 North Glebe Road with a 6-story, 163-unit LEED Silver residential building, with ground floor retail (Ballston, Arlington)
  • Approval of 3440 Fairfax Drive with 540 residential units in two buildings with ground floor retail (Virginia Square, Arlington)
  • Approval of 1401 Wilson Boulevard/1400 Key Boulevard for development of a 273 unit, 28-story residential tower and a 524,135 square foot, 24-story office building with a full service grocery store and one acre of public open space/gardens (Rosslyn, Arlington)
  • Approval of 2401 Wilson Boulevard with a 161 room, 8 story, Hyatt hotel (Courthouse, Arlington)
  • Approval of 2000 Clarendon Boulevard with a 90 unit, 14 story, condominium (Courthouse, Arlington)

Professional Recognition

  • Rated AV® Preeminent™ in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards, 2009-2017
  • Named to U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America®, 2007-2017
  • Named to Best Lawyers in America® for Land Use and Zoning Law, 2006-2017
  • Named to Best Lawyers in Washington D.C. in Land Use & Zoning Law, 2017
  • Recognized by Washingtonian magazine in its selection of Top Lawyers List, 2017
  • Recognized by Virginia Living magazine in its selection of Top Women in the Law, 2017-2018
  • Recognized by Virginia Business magazine in its selection of Legal Elite, 2016
  • Ranked in Chambers USA – Band 1 – Real Estate Attorney: Zoning/Land Use-Northern Virginia, 2015
  • Featured as one of the “Top Rated Lawyers” in Washington, D.C. & Baltimore’s Legal Leaders in a special supplement to the Wall Street Journal, 2015 (Link to Article)
  • Best Attorneys in Washington, DC and Baltimore, 2013-2015
  • Best Attorneys in Virginia, 2011-2014
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Land Use & Zoning, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, 2013-2014
  • Named in Best Lawyers Annual Guide to Land Use and Zoning Law, 2011

Community Involvement

  • Power Lunch Reading Mentor – Everybody Wins! DC (EW!DC).  EW!DC is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting children’s literacy and a love of learning through shared reading experiences.
  • Host of annual golf tournament for the benefit of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • President, Northern Virginia Building Association (NVBIA), Arlington Chapter
  • Community Leadership Award, Taste of Arlington
  • Major Fundraiser, YMCA of Metropolitan Washington
  • Judicial Clerkship, U.S. Superior Court, 21st Judicial District of North Carolina, 1983-1984

Practice Areas

Land Use and Zoning


Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 1984

Note and Comment Editor, The Wake Forest Law Review

Published Note: The Divestiture of AT&T

Dartmouth College/Bowdoin College, B.A., 1980

Professional Membership

American Bar Association

Virginia State Bar Association

Arlington County Bar Association

Admitted to Practice in:


District of Columbia

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