John W. Farrell

John W. Farrell: Attorney with McCandlish & Lillard, P.C.
  • Principal at McCandlish & Lillard, P.C. (22 Attorneys)
  • 11350 Random Hills Road, Suite 500, Fairfax, VA 22030-7421
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  • John W. Farrell has over 30 years of experience before county supervisors, planning commissions and boards of zoning appeals in matters of real estate development, land use and environmental regulation, including rezoning, site plan and wetlands approvals. He has represented landowners and developers in innumerable land use and environmental cases and controversies including comprehensive planning, infrastructure financing and bonding and microbial, asbestos and lead contamination issues. Among those represented are the applicant in the largest rezoning ever filed in Northern Virginia which included 26 million square feet of nonresidential space and 2,266 dwelling units. He also represented dozens of plaintiff/landowners in both the Fairfax County C & I and Loudoun County down-zoning litigation.
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    4.3/5.0 (37)
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Biography

Author, Virginia Subdivision and Site Loan Law and Virginia Planning and Zoning Law (Co-Author with John H. Foote), 2008. Lecturer, Virginia Law Foundation, Land Use Law. Member, Planning Commission, Town of Walpole, 1977-1980, Chairman, 1979-1980. National President, Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation, 1996-1998. Member, Board of Directors, Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, 1996-1998. Member, Northern Virginia Building Industry Association. Member, Northern Virginia Chapter National Association of Office & Industrial Parks. Honored "The Legal Elite" ranking in Virginia Business, December 2000-2003 for Environmental Law and 2007-2014 for Real Estate and Land Use Law.

Former General Counsel for the Fairfax County Democrats during the 2013 Attorney General’s recount and in litigation versus the local and State Electoral Boards

(Also at Leesburg Office)

Areas of Practice (11)

  • Real Estate Development
  • Land Use
  • Environmental
  • Real Estate Acquisitions and Finance
  • Environment Division
  • Real Estate Tax Appeals
  • Condominium and Community Association Law
  • Integrated Litigation
  • Election Law
  • Election and Campaign Finance
  • Voting Rights

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(703) 934-1182  Phone
mccandlishlawyers.com
University Attended:
Boston College, A.B., cum laude, 1974
Law School Attended:
New England School of Law, J.D., 1977
Year of First admission:
1977
Admission:
1977, Massachusetts; 1984, Virginia
Memberships:
Fairfax Bar Association; Virginia State Bar (Member, Environmental and Real Estate Sections).
Birth Information:
Stoneham, Massachusetts, October 23, 1952
Reported Cases:
Hrenchuk v. Walpole, 8 Mass. Appeal 949 (1979); Gwinn v. Collier, 247 Va. 479 (1994); Xspedius Management Co. of Virginia v. Stephan, 269 Va. 421 (2005).
ISLN:
907509071
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa and MasterCard
  • Peer Reviews

    • 4.3/5.0 (37 reviews)
    • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
    • Legal Knowledge

      4.5/5.0
    • Analytical Capability

      4.2/5.0
    • Judgment

      3.9/5.0
    • Communication

      4.2/5.0
    • Legal Experience

      4.5/5.0
    • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Member on 01/05/15 in Land Use

      I recognize John as one of the best land use lawyers in Northern Virginia.

      I recognize John as one of the best land use lawyers in Northern Virginia. Read less

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    • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Principal on 09/05/12 in Land Use

      John Farrell is a former partner (approx. 13 years ago). We collaborated on many projects together. He is an excellent lawyer and legal strategist. Since then, we have served as co-counsel on numerous projects. I have served as an expert witness i... Read more

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      John Farrell is a former partner (approx. 13 years ago). We collaborated on many projects together. He is an excellent lawyer and legal strategist. Since then, we have served as co-counsel on numerous projects. I have served as an expert witness in several cases in which he was counsel.In turn, he has served as an expert witness in several of my cases. I have always found John to be better than well prepared, and insightful regarding legal objectives. He deserves the highest competencyrating Read less

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