Jonathan P. Rak Partner

Jonathan is former managing partner of the firm's Tysons Corner office and has practiced law in Northern Virginia for more than 25 years. His practice concentrates on land use and public utility matters.

Jonathan devotes a significant portion of his practice to representing landowners seeking regulatory approvals to develop property. He has handled land development applications in all major Northern Virginia jurisdictions, including the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church and Fairfax; and the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun and Prince William. Recent projects include the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office relocation to Alexandria; rezoning of North Potomac Yard; and the luxury Salamander Resort in Middleburg. As an adjunct to his land use practice, he has developed significant experience in historic preservation issues and environmental impact studies.

Jonathan serves as general counsel of Loudoun Water and Alexandria Renew Enterprises, two of the largest water and wastewater authorities in the region. He has extensive experience with all aspects of major water and sewer infrastructure projects, including regulatory compliance, procurement, interjurisdictional agreements and public utility law.  He also assisted the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project with regulatory approvals for Phase I of the Metro Silver Line extension through Fairfax County.


Zoning counsel for 6.9 million square foot transit-oriented mixed use development.

Representation of public authority in development of 40 MGD water supply system.

Representation of award-winning housing developer in rezoning of 8.5 acre public housing project into mixed income community.

Pro bono representation of nonprofit in creation of affordable housing for low-income elderly.

  • Washington and Lee University, JD, 1985
  • Yale University, BA, 1982

Life Director, Northern Virginia Chapter, National Association of Industrial & Office Properties, 1994-present

Board Member, Capitol Chapter, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 2010-2012

  • Speaker, Virginia Public Procurement Issues: What You Should Know, McGuireWoods LLP Webinar, April 2016
  • Speaker, "Using Integrated Planning for Affordability and Flexibility," Clean Water Law Seminar, National Association of Clean Water Agencies, November 2015
  • Panelist, "Calculating Developer Contributions," National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association Annual Conference, June 2013
  • Speaker, "Land Use: Planned Community & Mixed Use Developments," 2012 LGA Fall Conference, October 2012
  • Presenter, "Opportunities for Implementing District Energy Systems in Virginia," Urban Land Institute, December 2011
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia

Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, Northern Virginia, Chambers USA, 2014-2017

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Land Use & Zoning Law, Real Estate Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2007-2020

Named to "Virginia Super Lawyers," Land Use/Zoning, Utilities, Real Estate, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2007-2016

Named to "Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers," Land Use/Zoning, Utilities, Real Estate, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2008-2013, 2016

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