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28 June 20214 minute read

Brian Winterhalter and Jennifer Garcia join DLA Piper's Real Estate practice in Northern Virginia

DLA Piper announced today that Brian Winterhalter and Jennifer Garcia, AICP, have joined the firm’s Real Estate practice in Northern Virginia. Winterhalter joins as of counsel, and Garcia joins as a senior land use planner.

Winterhalter is an experienced commercial real estate attorney with a particular focus on land use and zoning matters throughout Northern Virginia. He represents major developers and national, regional and local companies in all facets of land use, including noteworthy transit-oriented, mixed-use projects and urban infill residential projects, as well as major data center projects and related fiber optic conduit facilities throughout the Ashburn area of Loudoun County.

Winterhalter counsels clients in all aspects of the land use, planning, zoning and development processes. He is well known for succinctly and persuasively presenting complicated developments to state and local governing authorities throughout Northern Virginia, along with the local planning, transportation, and environmental staffs, planning commissions, elected officials and interested citizens organizations.

Prior to joining DLA Piper, Garcia was a senior urban planner with the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Urban Development. She has received Fairfax County Team Excellence and individual Outstanding Performance awards, including the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association’s (APA) Commonwealth Plan of the Year recognition for her lauded Embark Richmond Highway Plan Comprehensive Plan Amendment.

“Brian is highly regarded throughout the region for his extensive land use experience, and his addition will enhance our already robust offering throughout the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC, area,” said Antonio Calabrese, head of DLA Piper's Northern Virginia Real Estate practice. “Brian’s unmatched knowledge of local regulations and governing authorities will be a tremendous asset to our clients. Jennifer spent over 13 years helping to define Fairfax County from her post within the influential Comprehensive Planning Division. She is a recognized and awarded senior urban planner. We are thrilled to welcome them both to DLA Piper.”

Winterhalter received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and his bachelor of urban & environmental planning from the University of Virginia.

Garcia received her B.A. in urban studies and her master’s degree in city & regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania.