2021 REAL ESTATE/LAND USE LAW Q&A
Cartwright R. “Cart” Reilly
Williams Mullen, Virginia Beach
Other legal specialties: Banking and financial services
Education: Bachelor’s degree, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; law degree, The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America
Spouse: Craig Reilly
Children: Three sons: Simmons, 7; Barton, 6; and Ward, 1
First job as a lawyer: Law clerk to the Hon. Charles E. Poston and the Hon. Karen J. Burrell in Norfolk Circuit Court
Fan of: Tar Heels basketball
Recently read book: “The Alice Network,” by Kate Quinn
Career mentors: My father, J. Barbour Rixey; Judge Charles E. Poston; C. Grigsby Scifres
You represented a national petroleum manufacturer selling 1,100 properties across the country. How complex was that?
It was truly a team effort! More than 30 attorneys, paralegals and staff worked together on the transaction. Unique, complex and unexpected issues always come up in large transactions and part of the “fun” is navigating those issues. There were complicating factors and everyone pitched in to get it closed on a tight timeline.
How does your expertise inform your community work serving on Norfolk’s Board of Zoning Appeals?
My background in real estate law provides a good base for understanding nuances of the zoning code, as well as evaluating the various factors that must be considered with respect to requests that come before the BZA. I am always interested in projects occurring around town, and it is so fun to experience and play a small part in the projects in Norfolk and Hampton Roads that bolster our community.