George Keith Martin Partner

George is managing partner of the firm's Richmond office. He practices construction, commercial real estate and local government law. He has represented public and private entities on numerous real estate projects, including construction, acquisition and disposition of real property, and redevelopment and adaptive re-use.

His construction practice focuses on representing owners, design professionals, contractors and subcontractors with negotiating and drafting design and construction contracts. He has more than 20 years of experience handling construction-related transactions, including joint ventures, public-private partnerships and project finance transactions. 

George has negotiated and drafted numerous construction-related agreements, including design-build, construction, construction management (agency and at-risk), design, program management, project management, and development agreements. Project examples include luxury hotels; convention centers; office buildings and corporate headquarters campus projects; environmental remediation; museums and exhibit contracts; multifamily housing and mixed-finance development; water and sewer projects; road construction; hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers; roasting plants; manufacturing and distribution plants; luxury homes; and retail.

He also has extensive experience negotiating and drafting comprehensive development agreements for public-private partnerships and has worked on bond financings to fund construction of those projects. He is also a member of the firm’s education law team, and has handled numerous education related real estate and construction matters.

Throughout his career, George has been involved in firm management. He has served on the firm's advisory, pension and recruiting committees.

Experience

Representation of Fortune 100 financial services company in all aspects of design and construction for various projects including new corporate campus.

Representation of educational institutions in connection with public private partnerships for the development of off balance sheet student housing.

Representation of Fortune 500 company in connection with various construction contracts related to design and construction of major manufacturing facilities.

Representation of college related foundations in connection with various construction projects, including student housing, dining facility, urban campus and golf course.

Representation of regional authority in connection with major convention center expansion.

Representation of redevelopment authorities in connection with various public private partnerships, including office buildings, parking garages, and mixed income housing.

Representation of various owners in connection with design and construction of major hotel projects.

Representation of economic development authorities in connection with public private partnerships for development of jet engine manufacturing facility and wetlands mitigation bank.

  • Howard University School of Law, JD, Member and Managing Editor, Howard Law Journal, 1978
  • University of Virginia, BA, 1975

Member (Appointed by Virginia Supreme Court), Virginia Board of Bar Examiners, 1991-2001

Member (Appointed by Governor of Virginia), James Madison University Board of Visitors, 1999-2003

Member (Appointed by Governor of Virginia), Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education, 1998-1999

Commissioner in Chancery, (Appointed by Richmond Circuit Court)

Rector; Member, Board of Visitors, 2011-2015, The University of Virginia

Member, Board of Visitors, Regent University School of Law, 2002-present

Affiliate Member, American Institute of Architects

Member; Board of Directors; Secretary; Treasurer, Housing and Development Law Institute

Member; Section on State and Local Government Law; Section on Real Estate Law; Forum Committee on Construction; Forum Committee on Affordable Housing, American Bar Association

Member, Section on Construction and Public Contracts; Section on Real Estate, Virginia Bar Association

Member, Old Dominion Bar Association

Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers

Member, Lex Mundi Construction and Infrastructure Practice Group 

Mentor, Virginia Heroes Program

  • Speaker, "Social Infrastructure," Building for the Future: Issues in Infrastructure, Public-Private Partnerships and a Potential $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Plan, Washington, DC, March 15, 2018
  • Moderator, "Investing In South Africa," American Bar Association, August 20, 2012
  • Moderator, "Eminent Domain after KELO," Housing and Development Law Institute, August 20, 2012
  • Speaker, "Public Private Partnerships from the Public Entity’s Perspective," Lorman Seminars, August 20, 2012
  • Speaker, "Public Private Partnerships," Local Government Attorneys Association, August 20, 2012
  • Speaker, "Brownfields Development," National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, August 20, 2012
  • Speaker, "Eminent Domain Legislation in Virginia," Virginia Association of Housing and Development Officials, August 20, 2012
  • Speaker, "Brownfields Development," Virginia Association of Housing Development Officials, August 20, 2012
  • Speaker, "Construction Law," Association of Corporate Counsel Real Estate Committee, Webcast, May 2012
  • Speaker, "Statutory and Contractual Duties of Design Professionals and Contractors in Green Construction," Half-Moon Seminars, May 2012
  • Speaker, "Public Private Partnerships and Major Infrastructure Construction," Lorman Seminars, 2010-2011
  • Speaker, "Fundamentals of Construction Contracts," Lorman Seminars, August 2011
  • Speaker, "When the Going Gets Tough, Owners Have Remedies," Association of Corporate Counsel Real Estate Committee, July 2011
  • Speaker, "Public Private Partnerships and Major Infrastructure Construction," Lorman Seminars, June 2009, December 2009 and October 2010
  • Speaker, "Public Private Partnerships," Lorman Seminars, February 2008
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court

AV-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation

Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award in Administrative Law

Recipient, Virginia Bar Association LexisNexis Award for Leadership and Public Service, 2014

Named a "Lawyer of the Year," Municipal Law, Richmond, The Best Lawyers in America, 2013

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law, Municipal Law, Real Estate Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2008-2019

Named to "Legal Elite," Construction, 2009-2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017; Profiled for Construction, 2015, Virginia Business

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