Andrew R. McRoberts

Andrew R. McRoberts: Attorney with Sands Anderson PC
  • Shareholder at Sands Anderson PC (62 Attorneys)
  • 725 Jackson Street, Suite 217, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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Andrew McRoberts offers specialized outside counsel for local governments and officials across Virginia. A member of the firm’s Government Group, Andrew is a long-time litigator and Virginia local government attorney. He brings in-depth knowledge and inventiveness when helping his clients navigate complex litigation and issues in local governments. Andrew has helped many local governments and local government officials, as well as select non-government entities resolve their unique legal needs, achieve their specific goals, and come out ahead.

Andrew provides complete legal guidance primarily in:

•Land Use and Zoning
•Tax Assessment Defense (judicial and administrative)
•Real Estate
•Special Service Districts
•Utilities and Development
•Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC)
•Virginia Circuit Courts
•Virginia Supreme Court
•Other specialized advice and litigation for local governments

Andrew is a shareholder and joined Sands Anderson in 2009 after many years serving Virginia localities in other ways. Throughout his experienced and successful career, Andrew has served his clients with enthusiasm, creativity, and professionalism. He understands the legal issues his clients face, and how those issues directly affect the clients and their communities.

He has served in various localities and across the broad spectrum of local government law, bringing discipline and fresh perspectives to each issue. He thoroughly counsels local governments through difficult decisions and complex litigation with promptness and efficiency. Often, he finds unexpected and interdisciplinary solutions to support his client’s needs. His significant record of success, both in and out of court, has led clients to refer to Andrew as a “lawyer’s lawyer” and a “legal scholar and a pleasure to work with.”


•Local Government Attorneys of Virginia’s highest honor - the Edward J. Finnegan Award for Distinguished Service, 2012
•Virginia Business magazine Legal Elite in Real Estate and Land Use
•Virginia Lawyer's Weekly Leaders in the Law List


News by Andrew R. McRoberts

•Time for Localities to Enter the Era of Airbnb
•Local Governments and Community Associations: Who Enforces Your Regulations?
•Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: December 2016 and March, April, June, and August 2017
•Virginia Supreme Court Opinion Affecting Local Government Law: September 22, 2016
•Legislature to Litigants: “Can’t Touch This!” - Virginia Supreme Court Recognizes Legislative Privilege
•Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: September 15, 2016
•Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: April 28, June 23, June 30 and July 22, 2016
•Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: December 17, 2015, January 14, 2016 and February 12, 2016
•Virginia Supreme Court Opinion Affecting Local Government Law: September 17, 2015
•Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: June 4, 2015

News About Andrew R. McRoberts

•Thirty-Three Sands Anderson Lawyers Named to 2017 Virginia Business Legal Elite
•Thirty-One Sands Anderson Lawyers Named to 2016 Virginia Business Legal Elite
•Sands Anderson Speaking Engagements through June 2016
•Thirty Sands Anderson Attorneys among 2015 Legal Elite
•Sands Anderson Speaking Engagements Through December 2015
•Sands Anderson Speaking Engagements through June 2015
•Thirty Sands Anderson Lawyers Named to Virginia Business Legal Elite

Favorite Books

•The Lord of the Rings
trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien
•To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

Professional Highlights

•Part-time County Attorney for Mathews County
•Part-time County Attorney for Richmond County
•Part-time County Attorney for Essex County
•General counsel to the Stafford County Board of Zoning Appeals
•Former Acting Part-time County Attorney for Accomack County
•Former Acting Part-time Deputy City Attorney for Hampton.
•Former Full-time County Attorney in Goochland County
•Former Full-time County Attorney in Culpeper County
•Former Full-time Assistant Attorney in Arlington County
•Chief attorney in the successful defense of dozens of local governments in major SCC cases against Verizon, Dominion Virginia Power, and other public service corporations.
•Lead attorney in the successful defense of local governments in major circuit court cases against such companies as Dupont, Hazel Homes, International Paper, and Potomac Mills.
•Lead attorney in successful administrative tax assessment appeals before local and state administrative assessing authorities against such companies as General Dynamics.
•Author of many amicus curiae briefs filed with the Virginia Supreme Court on behalf of organizations including the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, the Virginia Association of Counties, and Virginia Municipal League.

Community Service

•The Society for the College (William & Mary)
•First Baptist Church, Richmond
Deacon and Member
•City of Richmond Commission on Architectural Review
Former Member
•Boy Scout Troop 710, Goochland, Virginia
Former Scoutmaster

Speaking Engagements

•Andrew is a popular speaker at conferences and seminars for local government organizations, including:
•American Planning Association (Virginia Chapter)
•Commissioners of the Revenue Association
•Local Government Attorneys of Virginia (the statewide bar organization for county, city, and town attorneys)
•Land Use Education Program

(Also at Richmond Office)

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Land Use & Zoning
  • Government Relations & Lobbying
  • Tax Assessment Defense
  • Litigation
  • Government
  • Community Associations

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 907, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
University Attended:
College of William & Mary, A.B., History and Theatre & Speech, 1987
Law School Attended:
University of Richmonds T. C. Williams School of Law, J.D., 1990
Year of First Admission:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U.S. District Court for Western District of Virginia; U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Virginia; 1990, Virginia

Professional Affiliations

•Local Government Attorneys of Virginia (active member, Past President and former member of its Board of Directors)
•Board of Governors, Virginia State Bar's Local Government Section
•Virginia Bar Association, Taxation Section
•Virginia Local Government Managers' Association

Birth Information:
Dallas, TX, 1964
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express
  • Fixed Hourly Rates

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  • 4.2/5.0 (1 review)
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Fredericksburg, Virginia

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