2022 Young Lawyer Q&A
Williams Mullen, Virginia Beach
Legal specialties: Commercial real estate, financial services, land use, renewable energy
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Dickinson College; law degree, William & Mary
Family: I live at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront with my amazing wife, Alana, and cat, Trixie.
Fan of: Baseball (San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s) and college football
Favorite musician/band: Big fan of classic rock, particularly Creedence Clearwater Revival and Aerosmith.
You’re president of the young professionals division of Virginia Beach’s Central Business District Association and part of the Virginia Bar Association’s young lawyers division. What strengths does your generation bring to the workplace? I think the biggest strength our generation brings is that we’re the first generation that are digital natives. We grew up with technology changing all the time and are therefore comfortable implementing new tools or protocols to increase our efficiency and work product. I think this is reflected by our generation’s ability to adapt to working from home during the pandemic, which is the biggest change I’ve seen in workplaces.
As a commercial real estate attorney, what kinds of projects are you representing?
I handle a wide variety of commercial real estate matters, including initial zoning approvals, project financing and sale or purchase of the project. In addition to the usual retail, office and multifamily projects over the past several years, due to Virginia’s investment in renewable energy, I have been involved with several utility-scale renewable energy projects, including solar, battery storage, offshore wind and onshore wind projects throughout the commonwealth.