2022 Civil Litigation Q&A
Richard Dean Holzheimer Jr.
McGuireWoods LLP, Tysons
Other legal specialties: Eminent domain, construction, real estate, zoning and commercial litigation
Education: Bachelor’s degree, University of Virginia; law degree, University of Notre Dame
Family: A herd of super-cute nieces and nephews
Career mentors: After law school, I clerked in Fairfax Circuit Court for the Hon. Michael P. McWeeny. He taught me how to understand and interpret the law, how to best argue and convince a judge and a jury, and how justice is a real thing. Grayson P. Hanes impressed upon me that the practice of law is still a profession and not just a job.
Favorite vacation spot: St. Anton, Austria, has breathtaking skiing, après-ski spots located along the slopes, and a perfect small Alpine village.
Something you would never do again: Running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain
What were your priorities as president of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia? To help connect the Asian Pacific American legal community spread throughout Virginia; promote the consideration of Asian and diverse attorneys for judgeships; work with other diverse bar associations to collectively highlight diverse voices, viewpoints and ideas; and promote justice, equality and opportunity for Asian Pacific Americans
What emerging litigation will alter land-use law? The Virginia Supreme Court’s loosening of the requirements for standing in land-use cases this year has the potential to change land-use law. This expansion of who can object to land-use projects will allow a greater pool of opponents to demand changes, threaten to delay projects and outright block some development projects.