Richard Rathborne Hobson

Retired Partner

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  • Harvard Law School, JD, 1959
  • Princeton University, BA, magna cum laude, 1953
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Member, American Law Institute, 1982-present

Board Member and President, Different Drum School, Inc., 1982-2005

Member, Fairfax Bar Association

Member, Virginia Bar Association

Delegate, House of Delegates, Virginia General Assembly, 1976-1980

Member, Alexandria Library Board, 2002-present

Member, Virginia Board of Historic Resources, 1990-1994

Member, President's Council, Board of Trustees, Virginia Historical Society, 1987-1993

Former President and Trustee, Diocesan Missionary Society of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, 1988-1999

Member, Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, 1978-1980

Board Member and Past President, Alexandria Library Company

Board Member and Past President, Seminary Hill Citizens Association, Inc.

Trustee, Shenandoah Valley Battefield Foundation, Inc.

Richard has practiced land use, real estate, and environmental law including representation in legislative matters in Virginia for 40 years. He has substantial experience representing major land developers, owners and corporations. He has also represented development clients, public service corporations and financial institutions in land use litigation, regulatory matters and legislative matters before the courts, legislative and administrative bodies, and the Virginia State Corporation Commission. He has represented clients in land use matters by obtaining rezonings, special exceptions and land use approvals in numerous jurisdictions, including the counties of Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, Arlington, King and Queen, Warren, Stafford and Spotsylvania.and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Manassas.

Richard served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates representing the City of Alexandria from 1976 to 1980. While earning his law degree from Harvard Law School, he was a member of the moot court team that won the AMES competition.

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Rezoning of Reston Gateway in Fairfax County, Virginia. Approval of a comprehensive plan amendment and rezoning for a mixed-use center with hotel, office, retail and space of more than 690,000 square feet with a floor area ratio of 1.7.

Rezoning of the Cascades Property in Loudoun County, Virginia. Following litigation the approval of a new access road, the Algonquin Parkway, in both Loudoun and Fairfax Counties.

Rezoning approval of Madison Business Park in Loudon County, Virginia, now a part of the MCI WorldCom Center on Route 625.

Rezoning and approval of a special exception for additional height of the Sheraton Premier Hotel in Tysons Corner, Virginia.

Rezoning of commercial and industrial properties in the City of Manassas and industrial properties in Prince William County.

Real estate representation of IBM Corporation in the sale of industrial property to Loral Corporation and of formation of and to Dominion Semiconductor LLC, a manufacturer of computer components in Manassas, Virginia.

Representation of Reston Air Conditioning Corporation and Warner Amex Cable in Reston, Virginia.