Lisa Anne Hawkins

Lisa Anne Hawkins


Lisa Anne Hawkins focuses her practice on commercial real estate and financing transactions, including sale and acquisition of real estate; development and construction of mixed-use planned communities, commercial and residential subdivisions; condominium formation and conversion; development of industrial parks; construction and permanent financing of real estate projects; ground, office and retail leasing; zoning, subdivision and other land use matters. Her commercial finance experience has involved representation of both lenders and borrowers, including documentation of complex secured transactions involving collateral of various types in multiple states and foreign countries as well as tax-exempt bond financing transactions. She has expertise in the formation and management of community associations and condominium projects. Her practice emphasizes the use of tax-advantageous strategies where appropriate, including tax-deferred exchanges.

Lisa has a special interest and expertise in conservation easements, a subject on which she has written and presented to various audiences and has served as legal counsel to a land trust and public-private task force regarding the tax implications of myriad land conservation tools for battlefield preservation.


  • Served as counsel to numerous developers of mixed-use planned communities, industrial parks, commercial subdivisions, senior living projects, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living facilities and residential subdivisions in Virginia as well as in metropolitan Denver, Colorado and resorts in Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek and Keystone, Colorado, including but not limited to advice and representation with respect to:
    • Acquisition and development of land (including complex, tax-free exchanges);
    • Land use matters (ranging from annexation of properties to rezoning to terms and approval of planned unit developments/master plans and subdivision plats);
    • Negotiation of public dedications, subdivision improvement agreements, and public easements;
    • Negotiation and drafting of contracts, restrictive covenants, deeds and other documents relating to the sale of development parcels to third-party developers and home builders;
    • Formation and operation of property owners' associations;
    • Creation and operation of commercial and residential condominiums;
    • Negotiation of complex contracts and restrictive covenants regarding developer's sale of land within a planned community to an unaffiliated golf course developer and operator;
    • Review and negotiation of all matters with respect to acquisition and sale of improved and unimproved property, including commercial centers and multi-family residential projects; and
    • Interstate Land Sales Act exemption and registration
  • Served as general counsel for real estate and finance matters in relation to business merger, acquisition and sale transactions, including the conduct of due diligence, title review, document drafting and settlement
  • Represented lenders and borrowers in a wide range of complex, commercial loan transactions, including loans of hundreds of millions of dollars (and other currencies) secured by assets of various types in numerous states and foreign countries
  • Represented lenders and continuing care retirement communities in tax-exempt bond financing transactions and complex construction projects
  • Assisted in structuring and closing like-kind exchanges, including deferred exchanges and reverse Starker exchanges
  • Successfully represented landowners in contested rezoning applications and other land use matters
  • Represented landowners and easement holders in preservation of thousands of acres in Virginia via conservation easements, including analysis of the terms, tax benefit and structure of such grants
  • Represented landlords and tenants with respect to a wide range of leasing matters, including service as general counsel to numerous landlords of commercial office, warehouse and retail space
  • Served as general counsel to property owner associations


  • Virginia
  • Colorado (inactive status)


  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, (Copyright by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC)
    • Real Estate Law, 2015-2021
  • Selected to “Legal Elite,” Virginia Business
    • Real Estate/Construction, 2001 - 2004
    • Real Estate/Land Use, 2007 - 2008, 2010 - 2013, 2015 - 2017, 2019 - 2020
Professional Involvement
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Bar Association
    • Real Estate Section
  • American Bar Association
    • Real Estate Section
Community Involvement
  • Alliance for the Shenandoah Valley 
    • Board Member (2018-present)
    • Vice-President
  • Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance
    • Board Member (2003-present)
    • Past President
    • Economic Development Committee
  • Harrisonburg Rockingham Chamber of Commerce
    • BOLD Program, Mentor (2017-2019)
  • MS Society Dinner of Champions
    • Vice Chair (2017)
  • Rockingham County Industrial Sector Zoning Committee (2009-2011)
  • Rockingham County Working Committee
    • Voluntary Conservation Easement Program (2009-2010)
  • Harrisonburg Rockingham Historical Society
    • Former Board Member
  • Harrisonburg/Rockingham Chamber of Commerce
    • Former Board Member
  • Arts Council of the Valley
    • Former Board Member
  • Virginia Outdoors Foundation Easement Template Legal Advisory Panel
Practice Areas Education

University of Virginia School of Law
Charlottesville, Virginia
J.D., 1993

Order of the Coif
Virginia Law Review, Executive Editor

Bethany College
Bethany, West Virginia
B.A., Summa Cum Laude, 1986

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