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Antonio Calabrese

Antonio J. Calabrese


Managing Partner, Northern Virginia office

Location Head, Northern Virginia Real Estate practice


Antonio Calabrese focuses his practice on land use, zoning and complex development projects. He represents major corporate users, developers and national, regional and local operators in all aspects of land use.

Tony has obtained zoning and entitlements for some of Northern Virginia's most prominent projects. His clients include owners and operators of office projects and corporate headquarters; data centers and web hosting facilities; retail projects, including super regional malls; industrial facilities; single family and multi-family residential and townhouses; entertainment projects; telecommunications facilities; hotels and resorts; and large-scale residential and planned communities.

Areas of FocusReal Estate
Bar admissionsVirginia


His experience includes:

  • Represented QTS Data Centers (in collaboration with Compass Data Centers) in securing the challenging approvals of a 2,200-acre Comprehensive/Master Plan Amendment as well as contentious rezoning applications for the Prince William Digital Gateway. DLA led the team of engineers, master land planners, historians, architects, environmental, transportation, power/energy consultants and public relations experts in replanning and rezoning land for 20+ million square feet of data center development located near the historic Civil War Manassas National Battlefield Park in Prince William County, Virginia. This three-year effort (and US$40 billion investment) has been cited by many as the single largest master-planned data center campus in the world.
  • Securing numerous rezoning, development plan and special exception approvals within and around the 450-acre, seven million square-foot, mixed-use Reston Town Center. Reston Town Center has received national acclaim for smart planning and the application of the most cutting edge land use principles
  • Obtaining approvals for a 3.2-million square-foot mixed-use multi-phased expansion of Tysons Corner Center, including office towers, high-density residential development, additional retailers and a boutique hotel
  • Handling numerous data center approvals (millions of square feet) in and around Ashburn (Loudoun County), Virginia
  • Securing approval of a 3+ million square foot, multi-year, multi-phased mixed use town center of office, residential, retail, hotel and industrial land for the Waterside project (a precedent-setting stone quarry conversion), located at Route 28 and the Dulles Toll Road
  • Oversaw the rezoning of a 4.9-million square-foot, mixed-use, transit-oriented development for Capital One's prominent Tysons headquarters
  • Has advised MITRE on numerous development and strategic real estate matters, including a recently approved, major rezoning for its office campus
  • Securing approval for a 360-acre, 3.7 million square-foot, mixed-use community employment center, including 2.8 million square feet of office development and 600,000 square feet of retail, a luxury hotel, a movie theater, restaurants and residences for One Loudoun. This project received the Washington Smart Growth Alliance award and was the first project to receive such recognition in in Loudoun County
  • Overseeing zoning approvals for America Online's 2.2-million square-foot Dulles headquarters and computer/technology center
  • Securing a series of rezoning approvals for the planned community of Brambleton, including more than 3,000 new homes and a large active adult/elderly housing community
  • Obtaining approval for 3,500 homes and 3.8 million square feet of commercial and retail development on 1,600 acres along the Dulles Greenway for the Broadlands and Broadlands South Communities
  • Assisting Raytheon in securing significant state and local incentives in connection with its 700,000-square foot lease of the AOL Campus, enabling Raytheon to house more than 1,500 employees
  • Participating in major development projects adjacent to the Tysons-to-Dulles Metro Rail Line's 11 planned stations and the US$5 billion Silver Line Metrorail extension

Tony has also secured service approvals for restaurants, including a "restaurant park," hotels, retirement communities and automobile dealerships. Tony has represented more than a dozen different regional and national automobile dealers in Northern Virginia. He has also secured approvals for churches, daycare facilities and other specialized users.

  • J.D., University of Richmond School of Law 1986
    Managing Editor, University of Richmond Law Review
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Virginia 1983


Chambers USA

  • Band 1, Northern Virginia Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (2019 – 2024)

The Legal 500 United States

  • Leading Lawyer, Land Use/Zoning (2022 – 2024)
  • Recommended, Land Use/Zoning (2018 – 2021)
Additional Recognitions
  • Washingtonian - Washington, DC's Best Lawyers: Real Estate (2014 – 2021)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® - Land Use and Zoning Law and Real Estate Law (2006 – 2022)
  • Washingtonian magazine Top Lawyer (2013 – 2020)
  • AV Preeminent Top Rated Lawyers (2008 – 2021)
  • Northern Virginia magazine - Top Lawyers (2010 – 2021)
  • Bisnow - DC Top Real Estate Lawyers (2011 – 2018)
  • Virginia Business - Legal Elite (2014 – 2020)
  • SmartCEO Power Player Award (2013)
  • Washington Business Journal - DC Area'sTop Washington Land Use/Zoning Lawyer
  • Richmond Magazine Virginia Super Lawyer
  • Legal Times - Leading Lawyer
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties Northern Virginia Chapter - Member of the Year (2000), President (2004)


Media Mentions

Memberships And Affiliations

  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, Northern Virginia chapter