Martin Crim is a shareholder at Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, and has been practicing law for over twenty-five years, primarily for cities, towns, and other local governments. His practice areas include land use development, code enforcement, eminent domain, social services, tax valuation and collection, human resources, Freedom of Information Act, water and sewer, electric utilities, Virginia Public Procurement Act, and municipal franchises.
As an avid bicyclist, hiker, and craft beer connoisseur, Martin enjoys exploring the local towns and cities he has the privilege of serving.
Areas of Practice:
Experience Highlights and Representative Work:
- Town Attorney, Culpeper, Occoquan, Haymarket, & Middleburg
- Assistant Town Attorney, Herndon
- City Attorney, Manassas 2011 – 2018
- Staff Attorney, Prince William County Schools, 1991 – 2007
- School Board Attorney, Manassas City, 1992 – 2009
- Shepherded the sale of a 300 acre parcel to a consortium of federal, state and private parties that resulted in the creation of a nature preserve.
- Drafted a model sign ordinance to address constitutional issues raised by US Supreme Court precedent.
- Facilitated the conversion of a derelict water treatment plant into a pocket park.
- Enabled the preservation of a mobile home park that was unable to afford necessary upgrades to its water and sewer systems
- Defended the closure of a water reservoir to boat traffic against a challenge from an adjacent property owner.
- Comprehensively modernized zoning ordinances
“Martin Crim has represented the Town of Culpeper for more than six years. His knowledge in municipal law provides us with expertise in not only routine matters but complex situations as well. The entire firm of VF&N provides outstanding professional service that local governments truly appreciate.” – Chris Hively
“I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Crim in his capacity as Town Attorney for Occoquan for over 10 years. During that time, he has proven to be, not just an outstanding legal counsel, but also an excellent advisor to staff and the Town Council. His encyclopedic knowledge of both state and Town code is invaluable in helping reach decisions that are legal and sound. We have turned to Mr. Crim for direction that includes legal matters and for his valuable practical insight gained through years of dealing with a multitude of issues. I am thankful for his advice on a wide range of topics and appreciative of his ready availability. He has truly been an asset to the Town’s team.” – Bruce A. Reese, PE, LS – Town Engineer, Legacy Engineering, P.C.
Professional Awards and Community and Civic Activities:
- 2016 Local Government Attorneys of Virginia Special Project Award (Ad Hoc Sign Ordinance Committee)
- Chair, Local Government Attorneys of Virginia Practice Group for Social Services, 2013-present
- Manassas Community and Policy Management Team, 1994 – 2011 (Chair, 1995-1999)
- Board of Directors, Matthews Center for Visual Learning, 2013-present
- Juris Doctor, T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, 1991 magna cum laude
- Bachelor of Arts, Duke University, 1984 cum laude