Overview of Industry

VF&N’s construction lawyers can assist with all aspects of your construction project from the initial bidding, negotiation, formation of contracts, and dispute resolution. Our construction attorneys in Virginia are a collaborative group of land use, zoning, real estate and leasing, litigation, financing and construction law professionals prepared to serve you from contract to completion.

Since 1986, builders, developers, property owners, insurers, governmental entities, subcontractors, engineers, architects and municipalities throughout Virginia have relied on our team for some of their most complex projects.


Our attorneys have been recognized by Virginia Business as Legal Elite for construction, real estate, litigation, IP, employment, and business law. They are included among the highest AV-rated attorneys in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards. Our team of Virginia’s construction lawyers currently serve, or have served, as Chair of the NAIOP Government Relations Prince William Subcommittee, Land Use & Environmental Committee Chair for the Real Property Section of the Virginia State Bar and as a George Mason Professor in Real Estate Development.

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Services Include:

Construction Disputes Architectural and engineering liability Breaches of contract Claims for equitable adjustments Compliance Construction defects & delays Intellectual property Mechanics’ liens matters Products liability claims Professional negligence Statutory violations Warranty claim Worker injuries/bodily injuries Construction Financing Commercial and asset-based financing Commitment preparation and negotiations Funding compliance requirements Investment, asset management and joint ventures Lender due diligence Loan financing and structuring Real estate secured financing Contract Negotiation and Preparation Architect and Engineer agreements Build agreements Commercial lease buildout agreements Construction loan agreements Contractor agreements Subcontracts agreements Subcontracts agreements Employment Law Employee classification Occupational safety (OSHA) Payment requirements Tax withholding Tort law Worker’s compensation Permitting, Zoning and Land Use Approval of mix use ordinances Board of Zoning appeals Proposal reviews Rezoning and variances Special use permits, appeals and special exceptions Subdivision and site plan review Zoning and building code & enforcement

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