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Michael John Coughlin - Woodbridge, VA

4310 Prince William ParkwaySuite 300 Woodbridge, VA 22192

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Updated: 11/23/2017

Woodbridge Land Use and Zoning Lawyer

About Michael John Coughlin

Practice Areas

  • Land Use and Zoning
  • Litigation
  • Eminent Domain

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Shareholder


Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia

Other Affiliations

  • Virginia Bar Association (Member)
  • Prince William County Bar Association (Member)


  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia, May, 2005
    Law Review: Catholic University of Law Review, Staff Member
  • Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 1999
    Major: English

Pro Bono Activities

  • The Appraisal Institute, Affiliate Member
  • Rebuilding Together Alexandria, Director

Classes and Seminars

  • Speaker, Appraisal Institute Annual Meeting: “Dissecting the Appraisal Report”, 2014 - Present
  • Instructor, Eminent Domain CLE: “Settlement Strategies”, 2014 - Present
  • Appraisal Institute, Stonewall Jackson Chapter Presentation: “The Role of the Appraiser in Condemnation Cases”
  • Guest Lecturer in Land Use, Catholic University, Columbus School of Law


Other Sources of Feedback About Michael John Coughlin

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
  • 2017 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Virginia Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Michael John Coughlin on Super Lawyers


  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer
  • Named to Virginia Business’ Legal Elite in Real Estate/Land Use, 2016 - Present
  • Named a Virginia Rising Star by Super Lawyers, Virginia Lawyer Magazine, 2009-2010, 2013 - 2017
  • Named a Washington DC Rising Star by Super Lawyers, Virginia Lawyer Magazine, 2014 - 2017

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Office Information


4310 Prince William ParkwaySuite 300 Woodbridge, VA 22192


  • 703-680-6067

Accepts Credit Cards




  • Author, Absolute Deference Leads to Unconstitutional Governance: The Need for a New Public Use Rule, 54 Cath. U. L. Rev. 1001, 2005
  • Article “Eminent Domain Constitutional Amendment”, Virginia’s Land Sense Newsletter
  • Article “Transportation Projects Update”, Virginia’s Land Sense Newsletter

Representative Cases

  • VDOT v. Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Inc. (just compensation jury award of $603,000 versus original offer of $321,937)
  • VDOT v. Oak Farms (just compensation award for property owner 55% above VDOT’s offer)
  • Teen Challenge of Fredericksburg, Inc. v. Stafford County, Virginia (Settled Fair Housing Act and RLUIPA claims in United States District Court Eastern District of Virginia)
  • Rohr v. Cross Creek Investments, LLC et al. (successful defense of rezoning approval
  • McCarthy Holdings LLC v. Burgher, 282 Va. 267 (2011)

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