Gregory A. Riegle Partner

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Greg practices commercial real estate law with a concentration in land use, zoning and redevelopment matters. He also Chairs the firm’s Real Estate Capital Markets Industry Team which is devoted to helping the firm’s real estate clients leverage the opportunities and resources across the firm’s national platform in companion practice areas such as environmental law, construction contracts, construction, litigation, labor and employment matters, economic incentives and public affairs.

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 35 years of experience in the real estate development industry. 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, data centers, affordable housing, shopping centers, regional shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, residential subdivisions, master planned communities, and senior 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 governmental authorities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Much of Greg’s recent work and accomplishments relate to helping owners and developers respond to profound structural shifts relative to how people live, work and shop. He has worked to successfully reposition countless outdated office buildings and retail centers to respond to new economic realities and create value.  He has also worked extensively to help transform the regions transit corridors.

Greg is also active in and holds leadership positions in numerous industry and community serving associations.