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"My goal is to add value to a transaction and obtain results for clients."

Brandt’s practice focuses on all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including leasing, acquisition, development, and finance.  He also assists clients with conservation easements and other transactions to conserve real property and generate federal, state and local tax deductions, credits, and benefits for landowners.

Brandt regularly represents:

  • Borrowers and lenders in complex loan transactions, including SBA, VHDA, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, HUD loans, construction loans and mezzanine loans.
  • Investors in 1031 exchange transactions.
  • Borrowers, lenders, and trustees in foreclosures and judicial sales.
  • Landlords and tenants in commercial lease negotiations, including retail, office, and industrial leases.
  • Buyers and sellers in contract negotiations, document drafting, due diligence matters, land use matters, and post-closing issues.
  • PACE capital providers on all transactional elements of a PACE deal—from financing structures, to real estate due diligence, to document negotiation and compliance.
  • Real estate investors and lending institutions in the acquisition, financing, servicing and sale of commercial loan portfolios.


Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® for Real Estate Law, 2022-2024

Selected for inclusion as a “Rising Star,” Real Estate, Virginia Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2017-2022

Named to "Legal Elite" (Young Lawyer), Virginia Business, 2019-2020

Named to “Legal Elite” (Real Estate/Land Use), Virginia Business, 2017-2018, 2022

  • Best Law Firms 2022
  • Rising Starts 2021
  • Virginia Legal Elite



Ongoing representation of a national wireless carrier in regional telecommunications transactions.

Advised a foreign retailer in acquiring sites for development as part of its entrance into the United States.

Advised a real estate fund in several development deals for condominium, for-rent and mixed used projects in Washington, DC.

Represented a non-profit organization in the acquisition, conservation and divesture of an 800-acre property.

Counseled an investment fund on the acquisition of several shopping centers in the Southeast.

Assisted a publicly traded corporation in the sale and leaseback of its corporate headquarters.





Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

Greater Richmond Association for Commercial Real Estate (GRACRE)

Urban Land Institute

Virginia Bar Association

Business and Civic Organizations

Capital Region Land Conservancy (CRLC), Board of Directors Member

Beyond the Law

Beyond the Law

Outside of work, Brandt enjoys spending time with his wife and young son, and hunting and fishing on his family’s farm in Tidewater, Virginia.

Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude

  • Order of the Coif
  • Staff Writer and Lead Articles Editor, Washington and Lee Law Review

Virginia Polytechnic Institute, B.S., summa cum laude, Business Finance, Minor in Real Estate

  • Virginia
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