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Lori H. Schweller

123 East Main Street
Suite 800
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
Phone:  434.245.3448
Mobile Phone:  804.248.8700
Fax:  434.296.0905

Biography

Lori is an active member of the Firm’s Real Estate practice and industry teams, Retail and Hospitality industry team, Community Associations industry team, and Telecommunications industry team. Lori devotes much of her practice to real estate law, assisting developers, private landowners, community associations and businesses with a variety of projects, including commercial acquisition, sale, financing, and leasing; common interest communities and community associations; and land use and zoning. Lori is leasing and zoning counsel to a major wireless communications provider. She routinely works with local officials on wireless zoning issues and appears before local boards throughout Virginia to obtain zoning and use permits. Lori is counsel to a prominent national golf course owner and operator, negotiating ground leases, purchase agreements, and management agreements and counseling the client through all stages of the acquisition and financing process. She helps clients develop residential, commercial, and mixed-use condominiums, both new and conversion projects, guiding the declarant through the condominium registration process, including preparing the public offering statements and exhibits for submission to the Common Interest Community Board. Lori has assisted individual landowners in obtaining conservation easements eligible for tax credits under the Virginia Land Preservation Act and revalidating property eligible for local land use taxation. Lori represents the U.S. importer of a major wine producer in its corporate and real estate affairs, distributor and broker agreements, and regulatory issues.

A partner in the Charlottesville, Virginia office, Lori has worked on a number of newsworthy projects with the Charlottesville real estate team, including local representation of an international land developer acquiring an Albemarle County vineyard and entitling a large mixed-use planned development, restructured to accomplish a major land donation to the Commonwealth. The local team has guided clients through the land use process for residential developments, commercial ventures, and shopping/lifestyle centers and provides ongoing zoning and leasing advice to commercial clients, including wireless telecommunications providers. The Charlottesville office is legal counsel to prominent local developers and landowners, including several wineries and vineyards.

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Charlottesville, Virginia, 2005 to Present
  • Martin & Raynor, P.C., Charlottesville, Virginia, 2003-2005
  • Black, Noland & Read, P.L.C., Staunton, Virginia, 1998-2000
  • Law Clerk, Office of the General Counsel, University of Virginia, 1995-1997

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Virginia State Bar: VSB Real Property Section Board of Governors, Land Use & Environmental Committee Chair, and Area Representative
  • Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association (CABA); CABA Real Estate Committee
  • Community Associations Institute, Central Virginia Chapter and Southwest Virginia Chapter 
  • Virginia Wineries Association
  • Virginia Wireless Association
  • Leadership Charlottesville Alumni Association
  • National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA) 

Board Memberships

  • Serves on the Board of Directors for Greater Charlottesville Habitat for Humanity

Distinctions

  • Listed among The Best Lawyers in America® in Real Estate Law, 2015 – 2017

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1998
  • M.A., English, University of Virginia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 1992
  • B.A., English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1989

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia