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David A. Lawrence - Reston, VA

1775 Wiehle AvenueSuite 400 Reston, VA 20190

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Updated: 02/18/2024

Reston Business Formation, Growth, Operation & Disposition Lawyer


David Lawrence's philosophy on the practice of law is clear and powerful: Clients don't want a legal solution to their problems; they seek a practical business solution that's legal.

This idea-along with having grown up in a family of business owners-has informed his approach to helping entrepreneurs and investors manage their businesses as holistic systems for more than 40 years. Indeed, his knowledge of the unique dynamics of inter-family and closely-held businesses help clients solve their most pressing business needs without having to worry that their legal solutions may not align with other key decisions. To achieve this all-important balance, he takes the time to listen to his clients' concerns, questions, and goals. Only then does he apply the law and his experience to create effective strategies.

David holds a master's degree in tax law, and has more than 40 years of experience in corporate, tax, and finance law. He was one of the first attorneys in Virginia to form limited liability companies (LLCs) and continues to so do in multiple states. His practice focuses on business operations, tax-efficient structures, wealth preservation, business transitions, joint ventures, and tax-free like-kind exchanges.

In addition to advising clients on closely-held business issues, David also acts as outside general counsel to businesses and as an adviser to business and investment owners. He has structured and organized banks, and represents lenders and borrowers in all types of financings including: asset-based receivable lending, government contractor lending, automobile dealer floor plan financings, commercial real estate and securitized lending, leveraged ESOP lending, and art lending. David's clients include technology companies, government contractors, healthcare practices, professional service businesses, real estate investors and developers, construction companies, and auto dealerships.

About David A. Lawrence

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Shareholder

Practice Areas

  • Business Formation, Growth, Operation & Disposition
  • Corporations, Limited Liability Companies & Partnerships
  • Real Estate LLCs & Partnerships
  • Wealth Preservation Techniques
  • Tax Structural Issues
  • Professional Group Practices: health, accounting, engineering, law & counseling
  • Tax-Free Like-Kind Exchanges
  • Government Contractor Compliance
  • Commercial & Securitized Lending
  • Asset-Based & Art Lending
  • ESOP Lending
  • Automobile Dealer Floor Plan Financing


  • 5%


Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • U.S. Tax Court

Other Affiliations

  • Virginia State Bar, Tax Section (Past Chair - Board of Governors)
  • District of Columbia Bar, Tax Section
  • Tax Service for Corporate Acquisitions and Dispositions of Businesses (Past Associate Editor)
  • IRS Practices & Procedures (Past Editor)
  • Fairfax Bar Association, Tax Section (Past Chair)


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 1980
    Major: Taxation
  • George Washington University National Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 1978
    J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
    Honors: With Honors
  • Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
    B.A., Bachelor of Arts


Accepts Credit Cards


Published Works

  • The Debt Ceiling & What Government Contractors Can Do ( September 10, 2013 )
  • Federal Government Contractors Must Register in Local Jurisdictions ( March 17, 2015 )

Office Information


1775 Wiehle AvenueSuite 400 Reston, VA 20190


Other Sources of Feedback About David A. Lawrence

Included on the 2007 Washington DC Super Lawyers list

Past Lists

  • 2006 Virginia Super Lawyers list

View the profile for David A. Lawrence on Super Lawyers


  • The Best Lawyers in America® - Tax Law, 2012 - 2024
  • Northern Virginia magazine Best of NoVA, top lawyers in Tax Law, 2017
  • Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” - Business Law, 2013
  • Washington D.C. Super Lawyers - Business/Corporate, 2007
  • Virginia Super Lawyers - Business/Corporate, 2006

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