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Stephen R. Romine

999 Waterside Drive
Suite 2100
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
Phone:  757.441.8921
Fax:  757.624.3773


Mr. Romine focuses his practice on commercial real estate, land use, financing and business matters. He routinely serves as counsel for individual and institutional owners, developers, financial institutions, telecommunications companies and utilities in commercial transactions including entity formation, acquisition, financing, land use approval, zoning, restructuring, leasing and environmental compliance. He has published various articles on commercial real estate issues, served as an adjunct professor and is a frequent lecturer.

Representative Experience

  • Represented various national lenders in multi-state financing transactions.
  • Handled numerous zoning approvals for major FCC licensed telecommunications carriers across eastern and central Virginia and North Carolina.
  • Obtain land use and development approvals for national hotel chain expanding in eastern Virginia.
  • Responsible for acquisition and financing of large mixed use developments.
  • Managed and obtained land use approvals for national developer in expansion of retail stores across Virginia and North Carolina.

Classes and Seminars Taught

  • Regent University Law School; Adjunct Professor of Land Use, 1999
  • University of Richmond Law School; Adjunct Professor, Land Use Planning and Control, 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Regulation of Non-Tidal Wetlands Under the Clean Water Act and The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act, Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association, 1992
  • Environmental Regulation Course: Transforming Information Into Knowledge, Executive Enterprises, 1995
  • 20th Annual Real Estate Practice Seminar, Virginia CLE Virginia Law Foundation, 2002
  • Contemporary Issues in Commercial Real Estate: Navigating The Triangle, Virginia State Bar Mid-Year Legal Seminar, 2003
  • Understanding the New EPA All Appropriate Inquiry Regulations, The ACREL Papers, 2006
  • A Rolling Loan Gathers No Loss: Insight into the Looming Commercial Real Estate Refinance Problem, Urban Land Institute Program, 2010
  • Environmental Issues in Real Estate Transactions, NBI Program, 2014

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Norfolk, Virginia, 2001 – present
  • Huff, Poole & Mahoney, P.C., Virginia Beach, Virginia, 1992 – 2001
  • Hunton & Williams, Richmond, Virginia, 1984 – 1992
  • The Continental Group, Richmond, Virginia, 1980 - 1984

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers 
  • American College of Mortgage Attorneys
  • American Bar Association: Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section; Real Property Division Council Member and Supervisory Council Member of Land Use and Environmental Committee; Corporate Sponsorship
  • Virginia State Bar: Real Property Section Chair, 2002–2003; Member of Board of Governors
  • American Land Title Association: Past Chairman, Lenders’ Counsel Group
  • Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate: President, 1999; Chair, President's Council, 2008, 2015 
  • Virginia Association for Commercial Real Estate: Chair, 2003–2006
  • Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce: Regional Executive Committee; Chair, Hampton Roads Sports Commission, 2008; Chair, Virginia Beach Division, 2006
  • Lead Hampton Roads: Chair, 2010


  • Recognized as a Virginia Super Lawyer in Land Use/Zoning, 2012 – 2018
  • Listed among The Best Lawyers in America® for Corporate Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, and Real Estate Law, 2006 – 2019 
  • Virginia Business magazine's "Legal Elite": Real Estate/Land Use (2004, 2007, 2009-2011), Environmental Law (2015)
  • Leaders in the Law Award, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2014
  • Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce “Volunteer of the Year”, 2015


  • J.D., University of Richmond School of Law, 1980
  • M.B.A., University of Richmond, 1983
  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Richmond, 1977

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • New York