Hirschler is pleased to announce that Justine Fitzgerald was named to the 2022 class of Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s “Influential Women of Law.” The awards program honors women attorneys and judges for their excellent work on behalf of the justice system and their clients, as well as for their commitment to their communities and service to the profession. Honorees will be celebrated at a recognition awards event on May 25 at the John Marshall Ballrooms in downtown Richmond. The full list of the 2022 class of Influential Women of Law is available here.
Fitzgerald is managing partner of Hirschler’s Tysons office, chair of the firm’s Women’s Initiative Network and a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Informed her own experience developing a successful legal practice while raising three children, as well as feedback from associates on issues affecting them as working parents, Fitzgerald has helped develop and update Hirschler’s policies for reduced hours and parental leave, making them more inclusive for birthing, non-birthing, adoptive, surrogate and transgender parents. Her advocacy on behalf of working parents and other associates is buttressed by her role as a member of the firm's Lateral Engagement Committee and Executive Board.
Outside of the firm, Fitzgerald is active with a range of nonprofit organizations within the DMV community. She has served as a board member for the Spanish Education Development Center for over a decade, which provides daycare services for children, as well as bilingual education programs for adults and immigrant families in D.C. She advised the organization on its acquisition of a new site to accommodate its growth and expanding facilities. Fitzgerald also serves on the boards of Holly Crest Community Association and Mason Housing Inc. In late 2020, she joined the board for Wesley Housing Development Corporation, which provides support services and affordable, safe housing for D.C.-area families in need. Additionally, Fitzgerald has volunteered as a board member for Falls Church Kiwanis Little League and as a member of the Religious School Committee at Temple Rodef Shalom, where her children attended Sunday School and Hebrew School.
Fitzgerald’s practice concentrates on all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including deals valued up to nearly $250 million. She counsels clients on the acquisition and disposition of real property assets, development projects, debt and equity financing, leasing, joint ventures and the formation and operation of ownership entities. Fitzgerald represents clients in all types of commercial real estate projects, including office, retail, industrial and mixed-use.
Luis F. Ruiz