The firm was founded in 1983 with Martin “Art” Walsh, Thomas Colucci, Nicholas Malinchak, and Jerry Emrich. They began to represent the Northern Virginia real estate community which included developers, builders, property owners, and financial institutions. The group counseled clients on matters from the evaluation of development and zoning feasibilities through the zoning and permit approval, construction, and post-construction processes.
The firm was instrumental in the rezoning of:
- Arlington Courthouse Plaza,
- Fairfax Government Center,
- Laurel Hill (formerly Lorton Prison),
- Relocation of Gannett, USA Today Headquarters to Fairfax,
- Rosslyn Courthouse,
- as well as many of the development approvals in and throughout the Metro corridors, including Clarendon, Ballston, Dunn Loring and Vienna station areas.
Nan Walsh joined the firm in 1984. In the same year, Mike Lubeley joined the firm with the opening of the Prince William office. The Prince William office subsequently grew with the addition of John Foote and Garth Wainman from Reed Smith Hazel and Thomas’ Manassas office.
The firm opened the Leesburg office in 1998 with the addition of J. Randall Minchew as its managing shareholder.
The firm opened a Winchester office with the addition of Charles E. McWilliams, Jr. Chuck’s practice focuses on estate planning and administration matters, resolving tax disputes, business planning, and other general business matters.
The firm has maintained a strong commitment to the communities in which it practices, serving on the chamber of commerce and other agencies’ boards of directors, giving generously to charitable causes, and hosting an annual golf tournament fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Today the firm operates four offices serving the Northern Virginia region and has expanded to six practice areas: land use & zoning, real estate transactions, litigation, business transactions, eminent domain, and estate planning & administration.