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Brian Winterhalter


Brian Winterhalter is an experienced commercial real estate attorney with a particular focus on and history of success in 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 – office, hotel, residential and integrated retail 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. 

Brian counsels on 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, including Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Counties and the cities and towns within this region, along with the local planning, transportation, and environmental staffs, planning commissions, elected officials and interested citizens organizations. 

In addition, clients turn to Brian for his regional experience in crafting the complex ownership and governance regimes for horizontal and vertically integrated mixed-use developments, including the creation of condominium and subdivision structures, commercial and mixed-use property owners' associations and reciprocal easement agreements. Brian navigates the complicated endorsements needed from owners, developers, tenants and lenders – as well as the necessary governmental approvals – to ensure an approvable, financeable and implementable legal structure.

Areas of FocusReal Estate
Bar admissionsVirginia


  • TF Cornerstone, Campus Commons – Rezoning approval to develop a high-rise residential tower with 515 units, a mid-rise residential building with 140 units, an office building of over 290,000 square feet, and ground-floor retail near the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station
  • JBG Smith and EYA, Midline – Rezoning approval for the development of 1,100 residential units, a 260,000 square foot office building, an independent/assisted living facility, and ground-floor retail totaling over 1.8 million square feet of development near the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station
  • JBG Smith, Reston Town Center West – Rezoning approval for three additional office buildings with 675,000 square feet of office, two high-rise residential buildings with 576 units, and additional retail totaling over 1.8 million square feet of development near the Reston Town Center Metro Station
  • Boston Properties, Reston Town Center, Signature Site – Development approvals for a high-rise multi-family residential building with 549 units and ground-floor retail and the redevelopment of a low-rise office block with a 17-story office building containing over 275,000 square feet
  • Boston Properties, Reston Town Center, The Avant – Conversion of prior approvals for Block 16 of the Reston Town Center to permit the development of a 359 unit, high-rise multi-family building with ground-floor retail
  • Bozzuto Development Company, Aperture – Rezoning approval for the redevelopment of an office and light industrial site near the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station with over 420 multi-family units with ground-floor retail
  • JBG Smith, 6862 Elm Street – Rezoning approval for a mixed-use project with 240 multi¬family residential units and additional retail uses with an existing office building in downtown McLean
  • Renaissance Centro, LLC, The Harrison – Redevelopment of a portion of an existing, low-rise multi-family apartment complex with a 360 unit, high-rise multi-family building near Reston Town Center
  • Pulte Homes, Lofts at Reston Station – Rezoning approval for 44 multi-family residential units near the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station
  • Stanley Martin Companies, Park Place - Rezoning approval for the development of 141 townhouse and stacked townhouse units in the Town of Herndon
  • Life Time Fitness – Special permit approval for a premier, full-service health club of over 115,000 square feet in Reston
  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
  • B.A., Urban and Environmental Planning, University of Virginia
    High Honors


  • Chambers USA
    • Band 3, Virginia: Northern Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (2023)
  • The Legal 500 United States
    • Recommended, Land Use/Zoning (2022)

Media Mentions

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Urban Land Institute
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
  • Northern Virginia Building Industry Association
  • Fairfax County Economic Advisory Commission
  • University of Virginia Real Estate Development Advisory Council
  • Community Residences Board of Directors