Scott E. Adams Partner

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Scott heads McGuireWoods’ Land Use Practice Group and is a leader in the Northern Virginia land use and development field. Scott’s practice focuses on land use and development issues in Northern Virginia, where he assists developers and landowners in navigating the land use entitlement process, including obtaining rezonings, special exceptions, special permits, variances, and comprehensive plan amendments.

Scott’s creative and entrepreneurial approach to land use helps add value to client’s development projects. Throughout the land use entitlement process, Scott works to maximize development potential for his clients in a cost-effective and timely manner. In addition to new development, he also assists clients in amending existing development approvals to more closely align with changing market conditions. Additionally, Scott has experience navigating the approval process for repurposing of existing buildings and historic structures.

Prior to obtaining his law degree and 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 and serves as a volunteer Cub Scout leader. 


  • Representation of a regional developer in a rezoning effort in Fairfax County, Virginia resulting in approval of a 2,000 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 a regional developer to innovatively use Fairfax County density bonus provisions to triple the density of an existing office building site.
  • Representation of various regional developers on infill housing development in Northern Virginia.