Hirschler is pleased to announce the addition of four new attorneys as a result of its ongoing recruiting efforts. Commercial real estate attorney Matthew Roberts joins the firm as a partner practicing in Richmond and Tysons. In addition, Sarah Collie, Tyler Sanders and Ryan Witt join the firm as associates based in the firm’s Richmond office.
“We are grateful to attract high-caliber talent to support the expanding and diverse needs of our clients,” said Courtney Paulk, president of Hirschler. “The addition of Matthew, Sarah, Tyler and Ryan deepens our bench in commercial real estate, investment management and litigation—practices supportive of our client base and strategically significant to the firm.”
Matthew Roberts focuses his practice on land use and zoning entitlements, real estate transactions, public utilities and local government law. He represents a variety of clients in land use and zoning, solar, public utility and site plan and subdivision matters throughout Virginia. He regularly appears before local governments and planning commissions on behalf of developers and property owners to prosecute rezoning, special exception and similar entitlement matters. Roberts also represents clients during the site plan and subdivision processes, particularly in the drafting and negotiation of subdivision easement agreements. In addition to his land use and zoning practice, he regularly assists clients with real estate transactions, including the purchase and sale of real estate and easement and development agreement negotiations.
Prior to joining Hirschler, Roberts was a partner with Bean, Kinney & Korman, P.C., and he previously served as deputy general counsel to a Northern Virginia water and waste authority. He has also served as a law clerk in multiple local government offices, including the Fairfax County Attorney’s Office and the City of Alexandria Attorney’s Office. Roberts serves on the Housing Framework Advisory Committee for the Partnership for Housing Affordability, and he previously served as the co-chair of the Arlington Government Relations Subcommittee for the NAIOP Northern Virginia chapter. He is a member of the Home Builders Association of Richmond and Greater Richmond Area Commercial Real Estate (GRACRE).
Roberts earned his undergraduate degree from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and his law degree from the George Mason University School of Law.
Sarah Collie focuses her practice on representing clients in commercial disputes, including litigation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings. She has experience representing clients involved in various matters, including breach of contract, employment, construction, defamation and civil rights.
Prior to joining Hirschler, Collie practiced with Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman, P.C. While in law school, she served as an intern for the Honorable Magistrate Judge Roderick C. Young of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and with the Honorable Magistrate Judge Robert S. Ballou of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. Before entering law school, she interned with the Henrico Victim Witness Assistance Program and assisted with various proceedings in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
Collie earned her undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and her law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law.
Tyler Sanders joins the firm’s investment management team and counsels a variety of investors, sponsors, advisors, brokers and other participants in the investment industry on matters related to private fund formations and offerings, engagements of industry service providers, investment terms, internal compliance and operational matters, fiduciary duties and compliance with federal and state securities laws and regulations.
Prior to joining Hirschler, Sanders served as a regulatory and legal intern for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Retirement System within its Investment Operations division. He has also served as a volunteer research assistant for a project surveying telemedicine laws in all fifty states.
Sanders earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law.
Ryan Witt focuses his practice on representing investors, developers and lenders in complex commercial real estate transactions across the country. He counsels clients in transactions to acquire, finance and develop properties across a wide range of asset classes, including multifamily, office and mixed-use, hospitality, industrial and flex space and senior living facilities. Witt also counsels large, international corporations related to their leasing of office space.
Prior to joining Hirschler, Witt practiced at Arent Fox LLP in Washington, D.C. He served as a domestic violence probation officer with Offender Aid & Restoration (OAR) in Charlottesville, VA, before entering law school.
Witt earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.