Scott E. Adams Partner

Scott focuses his practice on land use and development issues in Northern Virginia and Maryland. He primarily assists developers and landowners in navigating the land use entitlement process, including obtaining rezonings, special exceptions, special permits, variances, and comprehensive plan amendments.

He also assists clients in amending existing development approvals to more closely align with changing market conditions. Throughout the land use entitlement process, Scott works to maximize development potential for his clients in a cost-effective manner. He has also been actively involved in the re-planning of Tysons Corner into a transit-oriented community.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods LLP, he was an urban planner assisting developers and advising local governments on a wide range of land use and development issues.

Scott also volunteers for a variety of community organizations, including the Community Appearance Alliance of Northern Virginia, Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia and the AOL/McGuireWoods LLP free legal clinic.


Representation of a regional developer in a re-planning and rezoning effort in Fairfax County, Virginia resulting in approval of a 250 unit multifamily development.

Representation of a national developer in redevelopment and repositioning a 700+ unit mixed-use residential/office/retail development in Fairfax County, Virginia through the innovative use of County zoning regulations to achieve additional density.

Representation of an electrical utility provider in obtaining approval for an electrical substation in Alexandria, Virginia.

Representation of various regional developers on infill housing development in Northern Virginia.

  • The George Washington University Law School, JD, with Honors, Deans Fellow, Senior Managing Editor, The Public Contract Law Journal, 2008
  • University of Cincinnati, BS, Urban Planning, 2004

Member, Northern Virginia Chapter, NAIOP (formerly the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties)

Member, Maryland State Bar Association

Member, American Bar Association

  • Maryland
  • Virginia
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