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Ray W. King

999 Waterside Drive
Suite 2100
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
Phone:  757.441.8929
Fax:  757.624.3773


Mr. King focuses his practice on commercial real estate, real estate litigation and commercial foreclosures. His commercial real estate practice encompasses all aspects of commercial real estate transactions including representing clients in the purchase, sale, financing and defeasance of high rise office buildings, office parks, shopping centers and apartment complexes in the eastern United States. Mr. King regularly represents borrowers in the closing of securitized or "CMBS" loans secured by commercial real estate for loans ranging from $2.0 mil. to $100 mil. Mr. King has worked with loan servicers and special servicers in the assumption of securitized or "CMBS" loans. In addition to handling the foreclosure of commercial real estate securing loans, Mr. King represents lenders in loan modifications and workouts of troubled loans. He also provides legal counsel for a variety of commercial and corporate transactions. His real estate litigation practice includes representing condemnation authorities in eminent domain proceedings and resolving title claim matters.

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Norfolk, Virginia, 2002 – present
  • Tavss, Fletcher, Maiden & King, P.C., Norfolk, Virginia, 1988 – 2002
  • Vandeventer Black (formerly Vandeventer, Black, Mededith & Martin), Norfolk, Virginia, 1983 – 1988
  • Law Clerk to Judge Walter E. Hoffman, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 1982 – 1983

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Fellow, American Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar: Representative of the Fourth Judicial Circuit on the Bar Council (June 2008–present); Real Property Section Board of Governors Area Representative; Committee on Lawyer Discipline (2002–2008), Chair (2004–2006); Second District Disciplinary Committee (2000–2004), Chair (2002–2004)
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference (permanent member since 1999)
  • Downtown Norfolk Council, Executive Committee (2010–Present)
  • I'Anson-Hoffman American Inn of Court: Master Member (2001–2005)
  • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association: Executive Committee (1991–1998); President (1996–1997); Chair, Judicial Endorsement Committee (2005–present)
  • Norfolk Law Library Foundation (1998–2004), Board of Directors President (2002–2003)


  • Recognized as a Virginia Super Lawyer in Real Estate, 2012–2018
  • Listed among The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Corporate Law, Litigation - Real Estate, Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law, and Real Estate Law, 2008–2019
  • Named Best Lawyers' Norfolk, VA Litigation - Real Estate "Lawyer of the Year", 2014, 2016 & 2018 and Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law "Lawyer of the Year" in 2019 
  • Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation, Class of 2008
  • Listed in Virginia Business magazine's "Legal Elite", Litigation (2000), Business Law (2003), Real Estate/Land Use (2011), Civil Litigation (2015), Real Estate/Land Use (2016)


  • J.D., College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, 1982
  • B.A., Political Science, Texas Tech University, 1975

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia