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Andrew A. Painter - Arlington, VA

Courthouse Plaza2200 Clarendon BoulevardSuite 1300 Arlington, VA 22201- 3359

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Updated: 01/05/2018

Arlington Land Use and Zoning Lawyer


Andrew joined WCLEW in 2007 and works in the firm's Land Use and Zoning practice group. He primarily focuses on securing zoning entitlements, variances, zoning appeals, and tax assessment challenges. Andrew also specializes in local government law and community development authorities...

About Andrew A. Painter

Practice Areas

  • Land Use and Zoning

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Shareholder


Bar Admissions

  • Virginia

Other Affiliations

  • Loudoun County Bar Association (Member)
  • Fairfax County Bar Association (Member)
  • Virginia Government Finance Officers’ Association (Member)
  • Local Government Attorneys of Virginia (Member)
  • American Planning Institute (Member)
  • Urban Land Institute (Member)


  • University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law, Richmond, Virginia, 2007
  • Mary Washington College, 2002
    Honors: cum laude
    Major: Political Science
  • University of Virginia, 2004
    Master Degree
    Major: Urban & Environmental Planning

Past Positions

  • Zoning Concept Plan Amendment and Special Exception for expansion of a major big-box retailer in the Sterling area
  • Final Development Plan for 43-acre, high-density, transit-oriented development adjacent to a planned Metrorail platform with 1,500 residential units and 1.89 million square feet of office and retail uses
  • Rezoning and Special Exception for 325-acre quarry expansion in the Leesburg area
  • Rezoning and Special Exception approval for 180,000-square-foot church and accessory private school
  • Providing land use advice for major non-profit hospital system in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties
  • Representing landowners and developers in Reston Zoning and Comprehensive Plan projects in connection with the Dulles Rail Project

Pro Bono Activities

  • Virginia State Bar, Co-representative, Young Lawyers Division, 20th Judicial Circuit of Virginia
  • University of Mary Washington Foundation, Board of Directors
  • University of Richmond, University of Mary Washington, Adjunct Professor of Political Science
  • Fairfax County Agricultural and Forestal District Advisory Committee, Member
  • Health Systems Agency of Northern Virginia, Board of Directors
  • Northern Virginia Representative, Virginia State Bar Real Property Section
  • Reston Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation Advisory Council
  • Falls Church Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • Celebrate Fairfax, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Georgetown University, Faculty Advisor

Classes and Seminars

  • Panel Moderator, “Fairfax County State of the Market,” October 19, 2017
  • Panel Moderator, “Future of Loudoun County,” April 18, 2017
  • Panel Moderator, “Eyes on the Future: Reston and the Commonwealth,” March 30, 2017
  • Presentation, “Community Development Authorities: An Overview,” Fauquier Board of Supervisors, February 9, 2017
  • Presenter, “Land Use 101: A Citizen’s Guide To Land Use,” Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation, November 9, 2016
  • Lecturer, “The Proffer System In Virginia,” Local Government Attorneys of Virginia Regional Seminar, June 24, 2016
  • Panel Moderator, “Loudoun County State of the Market,” May 11, 2016
  • Lecturer, “The Zoning Process,” Engineers & Surveyors Institute, April 7, 2016
  • Panel Moderator, “Loudoun County Boom,” August 27, 2015
  • Panel Moderator, “The Future of Reston and Herndon,” June 9, 2015
  • Lecturer, “The Zoning Process,” Engineers & Surveyors Institute, March 19, 2015
  • Panel Moderator, “Loudoun County & The Dulles Corridor,” December 17, 2014
  • Presentation, “Community Development Authorities: An Overview,” Fauquier County Planning Commission, August 28, 2014
  • Panel Moderator, “Bisnow: Northern Virginia State of the Market,” July 23, 2014
  • Lecturer, “Zoning Entitlements,” Engineers & Surveyors Institute, April 3, 2014
  • Panel Moderator, “2nd Annual Loudoun County State of the Market,” November 7, 2013
  • Panel Moderator, “Urban Revitalization Summit,” February 23, 2013
  • Panel Moderator, “Loudoun County State of the Market,” November 28, 2012


Other Sources of Feedback About Andrew A. Painter

Included on the 2023 Washington DC list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Virginia Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Andrew A. Painter on Super Lawyers


  • Loudoun Business 30 under 30, Leesburg Today, 2009 - Present
  • Selected, “Top 30 under 30″ by Loudoun Business, 2009 - Present
  • Falls Church Chamber of Commerce Appreciation Award, 2016 - Present
  • Virginia Rising Star, Virginia Lawyer Magazine, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

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Office Information


Courthouse Plaza2200 Clarendon BoulevardSuite 1300 Arlington, VA 22201- 3359


  • 703-525-3197

Accepts Credit Cards




  • Annual Survey of Virginia Law, Community Development Authorities 45 U. Rich L. Rev 81, 2010
  • Legal Systems, SAGE Political and Civic Leadership Reference Handbook, Richard A. Cuoto, Ed, 2010
  • Development Authorities Need a Look in Recession, Charlottesville Daily Progress, Op-Ed Page, February 28, 2010
  • When Your Government’s Broke, Dial C-D-A,” Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star, Op-Ed Page, March 10, 2010
  • CDAs Are A Useful Public-Private Tool, Newport News Daily Press, Op-Ed Page, March 14, 2010
  • Community Development Authorities, Making Projects Happen,” Virginia Chapter of American Planning Association Newsbrief, Fall , 2010
  • Local Lawyer has written the Book on Virginia Wine, Loudoun Now, October 19, 2017
  • Virginia Wine: Four Centuries of Change, October, 2017

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