Wednesday, Apr 10, 2024

In Memoriam: Jerry K. Emrich

On April 8, 2024, Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley & Walsh, P.C. lost a beloved member of its family, Jerry K. Emrich, a founding member of the firm. Jerry was Arlington’s first County Attorney and represented the County during an eight-year period, 1973 to 1981, when the County experienced its most active development and implemented unique land use regulations. From 1983 to 2013, Jerry was in private practice at Walsh Colucci representing numerous clients in litigation, land use and condemnation cases. He has handled development cases in most Northern Virginia jurisdictions as well as in other parts of Virginia. Among Jerry’s most complex cases were private development of county owned land in both Arlington and Fairfax counties.  

Jerry was a devoted husband to his wife Lilienne, prior to her death, and a loving father to his daughters Leith and Amanda. Jerry grew up in the Midwest and attended Iowa State, which led to his lifelong love of dog sledding and Iditarod racing. He will always be remembered for his love of long walks, cigars, dog sledding, his dry sense of humor, his upbeat personality, his generous nature, and for caring deeply for his friends and colleagues, many of whom are proud to call him a mentor.  

Jerry will be deeply missed as both a friend and colleague, and his passing is an immense loss to all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jerry’s family during this difficult time.