Valerie W. Long serves as co-chair of Williams Mullen’s Land Use practice and focuses on real estate transactions and land use matters. She represents parties in all phases of acquisition, disposition and development of commercial properties, including drafting and negotiating of contracts, due diligence and closings.
She is highly experienced in all aspects of large-scale commercial, residential and industrial developments and has experience representing both borrowers and lenders in commercial lending transactions. Valerie also regularly guides clients through the intricacies of obtaining local government land use approvals.
Her experience includes rezonings, special use permits and variances for numerous large, mixed-use developments, shopping centers, a community hospital, research parks, residential developments, industrial sites, over 60 wireless telecommunications facilities and the creation of a new zoning district for a national historic landmark. She also advises clients on applicable land use regulations prior to acquisition and/or development of property.
She is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association and the Virginia Bar Association. She is the immediate past chairman of the board of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Smart Beginnings Leadership Council. She has served on the board of directors of the Free Enterprise Forum and was chairman of the board for two terms.
In addition, Valerie was appointed by the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors to serve on the Albemarle County Development Process Review Task Force which proposed measures to improve the review process for land use matters. She was a member of the United Way Executive Committee from 2001 to 2004 and the board of directors from 2000 to 2009. She is a 1999 graduate of Leadership Charlottesville.
Valerie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Tulane University in 1992, and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1998. While in law school, she served on the managing board of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal.
- Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association
- Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Disaster Legal Assistance Committee, Co-Chair (2000-2004)
- Virginia CLE Committee (2002-2004)
- University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.), 1998
- Virginia Environmental Law Journal, Managing Board
- Tulane University (B.A.), 1992
- Political Economy, cum laude, Murphy Institute Prize for Excellence in Political Economy
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