John H. Foote
John’s practice focuses on obtaining land use approvals and governmental permits through legislative, administrative, and judicial processes. He is experienced in all relevant areas affecting land including federal regulations of wetlands and waters of the United States, the state regulation of Chesapeake Bay Preservation areas and storm-water management, and historic preservation. John has also represented property owners in boundary adjustments and other municipal matters, and has extensive background in local and state government administration. As an experienced litigator in both state and federal courts, John has appeared as counsel of record in a broad range of complex matters, and has argued numerous appeals to the Virginia Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit. John served as Deputy County Attorney for Prince William County, Virginia, from 1977 until 1982 when he became the County Attorney. In both positions, he advised the Board of County Supervisors with respect to all matters, including land use, and was its chief litigator. Since 1989, he has represented many clients in land use matters before the governing bodies and subsidiary boards of more than two dozen Virginia jurisdictions and numerous state agencies. John has written extensively in the area of land use and local government and is the author of the principal Virginia text on Planning and Zoning in the Commonwealth.