Hirschler is pleased to announce the addition of Janie Lewis Rhoads as a Fredericksburg-based partner. Rhoads’ arrival adds to the firm’s deep real estate practice in the region with nearly 20 years of experience counseling clients in a real estate and various corporate law matters throughout Northern Virginia. Prior to joining Hirschler, Rhoads practiced with MercerTrigiani LLP and Reed Smith LLP.
“Growing our real estate practice with the addition of a seasoned attorney and community leader like Janie is a significant win for Hirschler and its clients,” said John McManus, managing partner of Hirschler’s Fredericksburg office. “We are pleased to welcome Janie and hope our region’s strong economy will continue to attract high-caliber talent to our firm and the Fredericksburg office.”
Rhoads has diverse real estate and corporate expertise, with extensive experience representing national and local developers in the creation of planned unit developments, mixed-use projects and industrial, commercial, residential and conversion condominium developments. Rhoads regularly counsels developers and builders in the acquisition, financing, leasing, development and disposition of property, as well as in zoning and land-use proceedings. She also represents corporations and other legal entities, with substantial experience representing community associations, providing guidance on formation, merger and dissolution and general governance matters. Rhoads provides guidance to apartment owners and other housing providers on federal and local fair housing laws. She has represented schools, government entities and property owners in condemnation matters.
“The opportunity to expand my law practice at one of Virginia’s top-ranked real estate firms was highly attractive,” said Rhoads. “But the opportunity to collaborate with the Hirschler team and serve my clients in this supportive and flexible environment has made the transition particularly rewarding.”
Outside of her legal practice, Rhoads is active with several professional and civic organizations. She is president-elect of the Virginia Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program and is vice-chair of the King William County Planning Commission. She is an active member of the Virginia Bar Association and is a member of the Virginia State Bar and Alexandria Bar Association. She is the former land committee co-chair of the Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia and a former board member for the Smithfield-Preston Foundation.
Rhoads earned her undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and her juris doctorate from George Mason’s Antonin Scalia Law School.