Elizabeth L. White

  • Counsel at Sands Anderson PC
  • Bank of America Center, 1111 East Main Street, Suite 2400, Richmond, VA 23219-3500
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Liz White joined Sands Anderson in 2017, bringing decades of experience and success helping developers, landowners, and community associations navigate complex commercial transactions. Referred to as a “city attorney for private cities,” Liz helps master plan community associations develop and thrive. She works with management and board members in order to understand the unique values and goals specific to each project.

By collaborating with other attorneys across the Sands Anderson community, Liz ensures each client gets the legal coverage they need. Whether seeking consultative guidance on employment issues, environmental regulations, or land use and zoning, Liz’s multi-disciplinary support ensures each client receives proactive and intelligent care. She advises her clients in a variety of land use matters including:

•Real estate acquisitions
•Zoning and land use
•Property management
•Corporate guidance
•Community development authorities (CDA’s)
•Condominium conversions
•Formation of corporate entities
•Housing for Older Persons (HOPA)
•Compliance with state and federal Fair Housing Laws
•Commercial leases
•Easements, covenants, and restrictions
•Real Estate title disputes
•Registration of residential condominiums
•Commercial and mixed-use condominiums
•Timeshare associations
•Licensure with the Common Interest Community Board (CIC Board) of the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation

Her breadth of knowledge and experience across the spectrum of development, zoning, operations, management, and insurance, enables Liz to deftly move and negotiate within a variety of legal frameworks and environments. A teacher at heart, she breaks down complex laws and regulations and assists clients in developing pragmatic strategies to overcome and avoid legal obstacles. Her ability to effectively communicate and work between developers, community associations, club owners, lenders, managers, insurance companies, local governments and boards facilitates efficient problem solving and enhances her clients’ relationships within these diverse frameworks.

Prior to joining Sands Anderson, Liz served at the following legal firms:

•LeClairRyan, Williamsburg, Virginia, March 2007 - August 2017
•Kaufman & Canoles, Williamsburg, Virginia, December 1992 - March 2007
•McGuireWoods, Richmond, Virginia, September 1987 - November 1992
•Law Clerk to Managing Partner, Vernon M. Geddy, Jr., McGuire, Woods, Battle, & Boothe, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1985 - 1987

Liz has been instrumental in the development of a number of successful master planned communities including:

•The Governor’s Land
•Kingsmill on the James
•Magnolia Green
•Stonehouse Preservation
•Villages of Kiln Creek
•Warrington Hall

When not in the office, Liz enjoys all things yoga and yoga philosophy.


•Appointed to the Public Housing Advisory Committee of the Williamsburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority by the Williamsburg City Council
•Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Real Estate
•Admitted to College of Community Association Lawyers of the Community Associations Institute
•Virginia Business Legal Elite”
Real Estate / Land Use Law
•Inside Buisness’s “Top 40 Under 40”
•Honored by special resolution of the City of Williamsburg’s City Council for distinguished service and leadership while serving as a member and Chair of the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals
•Outstanding Service Award by the Board of Supervisors of James City County
Recognition of her efforts and commitment to educating citizens about community associations, 2002
•Speaker of the Year Award from Southeastern Virginia Chapter of the Community Associations Institute
•“Above and Beyond” Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service
Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, 2000
•Commencement Speaker and Graduate
Leadership Institute of the Virginia Peninsula, Class of 1996
•“Influential Women of Virginia”
by Virginia Lawyers Media


News by Elizabeth L. White

•Attention Virginia Community Associations: DPOR CIC Board to Adopt New Notices for Condo Resale Certificates and POA Disclosure Packages
•Three Steps for Effective Community Association Annual Meetings

News About Elizabeth L. White

•Webinar: How to Protect Yourself and HOA from the Neighborhood Sociopath
•23 Sands Anderson attorneys named to 2019 Best Lawyers list
•Webinar: Rentals in Your HOA or Condo Getting You Down? What HOA Boards Need to Know About Regulating Rentals
•Webinar: The Good & Bad of Social Media for HOAs
•Sands Anderson announces opening of new office in Williamsburg, Virginia
•Highlights from the 2017 VCU Real Estate Trends Conference in Richmond, Virginia
•Webinar: How to Protect Yourself and HOA from the Neighborhood Sociopath
•In the News: Richmond law firm heads for Williamsburg - Richmond Bizsense

Favorite Book

•Autobiography of a Yogi
by Paramhansa Yogananda

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Real Estate
  • Land Use & Zoning
  • Business & Corporate Transactions
  • Community Associations
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Professional Services

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(804) 783-7258  Phone
757-941-2879  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1998, Richmond, VA 23219-3500
University Attended:
College of William & Mary, B.A.
Law School Attended:
College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, J.D., 1987
Year of First Admission:

Professional Affiliations

•Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg
Board of Directors
•Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia
Board of Directors
•Studio South Foundation
Board of Directors
•Breathing Space, Inc.
Board of Directors
•City of Williamsburg Board of Zoning Appeals
Former Member and Former Chair
•Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate
•Community Associations Institute, Southeastern Chapter
•Virginia Bar Association
•Virginia State Bar Community Service Program
Charter Member, 2004-present
•College of Community Association Lawyers
Member, 2010 - Present
•Virginia State Bar, Local Government Law Section
•Williamsburg Bar Association
•City of Williamsburg Public Housing Advisory Committee
Former Member
•Hampton Roads Jaycees
Former Member and Vice President
•Model Judiciary Program, 9th Judicial Circuit of Virginia Bar Association
Former Director
•Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference
Former Member, Board of Governors
•Greater Peninsula Women's Bar Association
Past President and Secretary
•Legal Studies Advisory Board, Christopher Newport University
Former Member
•Child Caring Connections
Former Director

Birth Information:
Portsmouth, Virginia, November 14, 1962
Payment Information:
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  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express
  • Fixed Hourly Rates

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  • 4.4/5.0 (1 review)
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    Bank of America Center , 1111 East Main Street, Suite 2400
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