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  • 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
Admitted to Practice In:
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia

Nan E. Walsh

Shareholder Emeritus

Land Use & Zoning | Arlington Office

Nan has been with the firm since 1984, specializing in land use and zoning law. Her practice focuses 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. During law school, she served as a judicial clerk for the U.S. Superior Court, 21st Judicial District of North Carolina. Since joining The Land Lawyers, she has consistently been recognized by her clients and peers and is regularly named to the Best Lawyer 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.

“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

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