John Anderson is a commercial real estate attorney who represents Virginia businesses and individuals. He assists his clients with commercial real estate transactions (lender counsel, purchases, sales, leasing and development, as well as providing counsel regarding compliance with access provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act), tax-deferred exchanges, and general corporate and business advice, including entity formation. He has the insight and knowledge it takes to see both the business and legal issues involved in his clients' matters.

John listens to his clients and helps them find innovative legal solutions to achieve their business and financial goals. A client recently asked, "Am I your only client, John?" His clients have reason to feel that way, since responsiveness has been a hallmark of his professional career for 40 years.

John is very active in the Richmond Bar Association, currently serving on the Board of Directors and was the Chair of the Bar's Long Range Planning Committee, which is charged with providing the framework for the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan for the Association. He has served on numerous Richmond Bar Association committees and is the past Chair of both the Real Estate and Business Law Sections, having served on the Executive Committees of both for several years.

John was born in Richmond and raised in Halifax County, Virginia. He and his family reside in the City and are active in the Richmond community. John is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and has been named a Best Lawyer for Real Estate Law by Best Lawyers in America.


  • University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law (J.D., 1977)
  • University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia (B.A., Political Science, 1973)

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia

Representative Experience

  • Assisted numerous community banks with workouts of multi-million dollar underperforming or non-performing loans, recently completing the successful workout and recovery of a defaulted loan in excess of $30 million
  • Represented borrower in a multi-million dollar SBA 7A loan transaction
  • Completed in-line lease and outparcel lease for shopping center owner involving two major regional retail tenants
  • Lender counsel on a multi-million dollar refinance transaction of a golf facility
  • Completed development of shopping center, including ground lease of major portion to 123,600 square foot grocery store tenant
  • Completed ground lease of major portion of shopping center to national retailer's neighborhood market concept as part of the rehabilitation and rejuvenation of the aging shopping center
  • Completed several out parcel ground leases to national and regional tenants

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia State Bar, Business Section, Construction Law Section and Real Property Section, Member
  • Virginia Bar Association, Business Law Section and Real Estate Section, Member
  • Richmond Bar Association
    • Vice President (2019)
    • Secretary-Treasurer (2018)
    • Board of Directors (2014 to 2022)
    • Finance Committee, Chair (2018)
    • Marketing Committee (2018)
    • Programs Committee (2012-2014)
    • Nominating Committee (2012, 2013)
    • Administration of Justice Committee (2013-2015)
    • Long-Range Planning Committee, Chair (2015-2016)
  • Richmond Bar Association, Real Estate Section
    • Past Chair and Past Executive Committee Member
  • Richmond Bar Association, Business Law Section
    • Executive Committee Member and Past Chair
  • Arthritis Foundation, Virginia Chapter, 1990 - 2007, Board of Directors
    • Chair, Annual Giving Campaign, 2004
  • First Community Bank, 2005 Chairperson
    • Richmond Advisory Board
  • West Richmond Businessmen's Association, 1999 - Present
    • Legal Counsel
  • Greater Richmond Association of Commercial Real Estate, Member
  • The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
    • Parish Finance Council (2015-2018)

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America 2018-2020 for Real Estate Law
  • Virginia Business magazine's Legal Elite 2018 for Business Law
  • West Richmond Businessmen's Association, Honorary Life Member, 2013
  • W. Robert Irby, MD Award for Volunteer Leadership, Presented by the Virginia Chapter, Arthritis Foundation, 2006
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell