Stephen V. O'Neal Associate

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Stephen is an associate in the real estate & land use department. He focuses his practice on commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, leasing and financing for retail, office, industrial and institutional properties. Stephen’s practice also includes counseling clients on real estate development and land use matters as well as title and survey issues.

Stephen received his Bachelors of Arts in History and Economics from the University of Central Florida, and his Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from the University of Richmond where he also acted as Chancellor of the McNeill Honor Society in 2020.


  • Advised a Texas-based real estate developer in land acquisition and zoning approval for the construction of a robotics compatible fulfillment center near Richmond, Virginia.
  • Representation of a leading health and fitness company in lease negotiations related to a twenty-year lease for a 35,000 square foot facility located in Maryland.
  • Representation of a leading financial institution in connection with a $557 million syndicated “unitranche” term loan used in acquisition financing related to a portfolio of eighteen skilled nursing facilities.
  • Representation of a leading financial institution in connection with a $96.8 million term loan facility and a $5 million revolving loan facility for nursing home owners and operators.
  • Assist a real estate investment company with condominium documents and site plan approval for a residential condominium in Fairfax County, Virginia.
  • Represented a real estate subsidiary of a leading financial institution in its financing of a portfolio of ninety-nine stores throughout six states, all leased for operation by franchisees as top-five brand fast food restaurants.
  • Representation of major healthcare company as local Virginia counsel in connection with issuance of $600 million, and $1.4 billion senior secured notes under a supplemental indenture secured in part by real property in Virginia, California, Georgia and Florida.
  • Advised a leading supplier of rail-based freight transportation in North America in a multimillion dollar deal to transfer more than 450 miles of right-of-way to the Commonwealth of Virginia as part of a plan to expand passenger and commuter rail service.
  • Representation of a management service organization providing services to ophthalmology practices across multiple specialties in its acquisition of a Pennsylvania-based leading provider of comprehensive eyecare treatments.
  • Represented a developer in connection with a $2.44 billion public-private partnership development project in the Diamond District of Richmond, Virginia.
  • Representation of a major rental property owner holding fractional shares of forty properties in a beach community in Duck, North Carolina.
  • Representation of a leading national real estate investment firm, in its $139.3 million sale of a 612-unit apartment rental complex located in Illinois.
  • Representation of a major investor in data center parks and other digital infrastructure facilities in connection with a $198 million acquisition bridge financing, as well as refinancing and negotiating a $231 million multi-tranche mortgage and mezzanine financing that allowed the client to recoup some of its original equity investment, while locking in longer-term financing.
  • Representation of a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit real estate development organization, in its acquisition of a 145,000 square foot building in Atlanta.
  • Representation of one of the largest mutual life insurance companies in the world in a joint venture to develop a 17.44-acre, 332-unit multifamily property in Houston, Texas.
  • Representation of one of the largest mutual life insurance companies in the world in a joint venture for the development of a midrise multifamily property in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.
  • Representation of a leading national real estate investment management and advisory services company, and its joint venture investment partner, in a $77.25 million acquisition of a 347-unit luxury apartment building in Maryland.
  • Representation of a multinational tire manufacturing company in refinancing its $2 billion asset-based revolving credit facility.
  • Representation of one of the largest grocery retailers in the U.S. in the approximately $625 million sale of its multi-state 28-property portfolio of retail superstores to one of the nation’s largest privately held real estate companies.
  • Represented one of the largest mutual life insurance companies in the United States as lender in the $168,000,000 financing of a 19-property portfolio owned by a REIT.
  • Representation of a global leader in energy projects, technologies, systems and services for subsea, onshore/offshore and surface projects, in the exit of synthetic lease financing into a sale-leaseback for their corporate headquarters.
  • Representation of an American power and energy company headquartered in Virginia, in a $550,000,000 synthetic lease financing of a wind turbine installation vessel.