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Douglas J. Sanderson

Principal
(703) 934-1122

Biography

Douglas J. Sanderson provides legal services in the multiple areas of commercial real estate, family law/domestic relations, and business organizations and transactions.  In his family law/domestic relations practice, Doug counsels and represents people who seek legal assistance with, for example, separation agreements, divorces, and issues of child custody and visitation, equitable distribution, and support (spousal and child, as may apply), as well as, on a happier note, pre-nuptial agreements.  Doug’s practice includes litigation as well as other methods of problem-solving, and he strives to assist clients in finding resolutions that avoid or minimize litigation, and to further that effort he also has been trained in the process of Collaborative Divorce.

In Doug’s business and commercial real estate practices, he represents people who are owners or operators of businesses, including real estate asset advisors, business investors, landlords, tenants, developers, wireless communications companies, and real estate foundations.  In these areas, his practice includes providing legal counsel for the acquisition, development, construction and sale of properties such as office buildings, communications towers, mixed-use developments and condominiums; the negotiation and documentation of commercial, retail and telecommunications leases and of real estate-secured loans; the organization and financing of business entities; the organization of property owners’ associations; and the foreclosure of real estate-secured loans.

Education

  • J.D., George Washington University’s National Law Center, 1977
  • B.A. (Economics), Trinity College, Hartford, CT, 1974

Admissions

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia

Affiliations & Activities

Doug has been an active volunteer in northern Virginia.  He has served since 1991 as volunteer legal counsel to the Arts Council of Fairfax County, Inc.  He has served as a member of the boards of directors of Temple Rodef Shalom, his family’s swim and tennis club, Legal Services of Northern Virginia, Inc. (of which he served as President from 1993 through 1996) and the Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce.  He has served on the Site Selection Committee for Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia and on the Board of Directors of Communities of Faith United for Housing.

Outside the office, Doug enjoys spending time with his wife and, when they are home, his children, and reading, sharing emailed jokes, surfing the Internet, and thinking of traveling.

Distinctions & Honors

“Virginia Business” magazine has named Doug as one of its “Legal Elite” attorneys in Virginia, in the practice area of family law, in all but one year since the inception of the list in 2000, based on a statewide survey of attorneys by the magazine.

He is an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated attorney, the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.

Doug frequently has been named a “Superlawyer” for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan and/or northern Virginia areas, by the magazines of the same name; and regularly has been listed in Who’s Who publications for the South and Southwest, for America, for American Law, and for the World.

In 2016, Doug was selected by the Fairfax Federation of Citizens Associations to receive a Certificate of Merit for his 25 years of pro-bono legal service to the citizens of Fairfax County as legal counsel for the Arts Council of Fairfax County.

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