Gregory A. Riegle Partner

Greg is managing partner of the firm's Tysons Corner office and practices commercial real estate law with a concentration in land use, zoning and redevelopment matters.

He began his real estate career as a professional urban planner. Prior to joining McGuireWoods, he worked extensively in the public and private sectors. Collectively he has more than 30  years’ experience in the real estate development industry and is an active member of our COVID-19 task force. He has substantial experience representing major land developers, owners, companies, institutions, lenders and landlords. He works closely with clients to conduct feasibility analysis, analyze applicable development requirements, prepare necessary development-related applications, and present such proposals in meetings and public hearings before decision-making boards and commissions. He has extensive contacts with local government officials, as well as influential community and civic groups, and is able to anticipate, identify and creatively address issues related to the acquisition, development and disposition of real property.

He provides clients with the analysis and advice necessary to complete all legislative and administrative approvals associated with the land development processes. His skill in drafting, negotiating and reviewing development agreements, proffers, zoning opinions and easements enables clients to complete the required processes with minimized and accurately qualified risk.

The types of developments he has facilitated include office and industrial parks, shopping centers, regional shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, residential subdivisions, master planned communities, and elderly housing uses. He routinely handles the proceedings for necessary rezonings, special exceptions, special permits, variances, Comprehensive Plan Amendments, appeals and Zoning Ordinance Amendments before numerous local government authorities in Northern Virginia and the Metropolitan Washington, D.C., area.

Much of Greg's work and accomplishments are closely tied to the region's existing and expanding rail transit corridors. He is particularly well versed in the planning, economic and design considerations that are unique to real estate development in transit oriented areas. In addition to representing owner and developers, he has been appointed by local governments to serve as an industry representative on many of the Task Forces and Work Groups charged with redrafting the governing planning and zoning regulations to recognize the opportunities associated with well planned and economically viable transit oriented development.

In the aftermath of the global COVID-19 pandemic, our economy will witness a profoundly different perspective on real estate relative to shifts in how people live, work and shop. Greg has the experience and knowledge to work with clients who will need counsel on demand and locational characteristics for office, employment, consumer, retail, technology, and health care industries.  Greg provides answers for strategic questions for owners and governments in terms of how to best repurpose real estate properties across all industries.

  • Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, JD, 1999
  • Michigan State University, MA, Urban Planning, 1989
  • Michigan State University, BA, 1987

Chairman, Tysons Partnership

Appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to serve on "Reston Master Plan Task Force"

Appointed Member, Route 28 Station - South Work Group

Chairman of the Board, January 2018-present; Board Vice-President 2016-2017, Humane Rescue Alliance (formerly Washington Humane Society)

Appointed "Michigan Ambassador," Business Lenders for Michigan

  • Virginia

Named "Lawyer of the Year," Washington, D.C., Land Use and Zoning Law, Best Lawyers, 2023

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Land Use & Zoning, Utilities, Real Estate Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2010-2013, 2015, 2017-2023

Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, Northern Virginia, Chambers USA, 2008-2022

Named to "Virginia Rising Stars," Real Estate, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2008-2009

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