Dan Withers received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and his Doctor of Juris Prudence Degree from Memphis.
Mr. Withers specializes in protecting and sheltering large fixed and mobile assets utilizing unique, innovative legal strategies which eschew risk and insure confidentiality -- all built upon an imperturbable legal foundation. For almost 30 years, Mr. Withers' law practice has been limited to the discrete acquisition, use, finance and disposition of large real property and titled personal property assets. Utilizing a unique variety of corporations, Trusts and other ownership methodology, Mr. Withers creates and maintains an owner/asset propinquity, geographic constraints notwithstanding.
A Polymathic Background:
Mr. Withers was a County Planning Commission Attorney for three years. After leaving public service, he became the exclusive local Legal Counsel to the largest private real estate developer in the Eastern United States. In addition to a thriving private practice, Dan is In-House General Counsel to Samson Companies, one of the largest Real Estate Brokerages in the DMV, with over 5,500 Agents and growing every day.
As a member of the State of Tennessee Association of Realtors® "Presidential Advisory Committee", Mr. Withers co-drafted the state-wide Residential Real Estate Sales Contract for use throughout the State of Tennessee. Other states have purchased the copyrights to use this contract – a rare honor to those who drafted it. Thus, it was natural that Dan would continue serving real estate professionals upon returning to his NoVa roots. He is an eight year veteran of the NVAR Standard Forms Committee, tasked with drafting and editing all standard forms utilized by more than twelve thousand members of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors®. He served as its Chairman in 2019. For the last two decades, Mr. Withers has been a member of the NVAR “Beau Brincefield Attorney Roundtable” -- a special advisory brain trust with about two dozen of Northern Virginia's most learned and capable real estate attorneys. He served as Vice Chair of this august committee in 2018. He is licensed to conduct real estate Settlements in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Mr. Withers is a Member of the Virginia and Tennessee Bar Associations, and is a Member of the Real Estate Section of the Virginia Bar, the International Law Section of the Virginia Bar, and the Corporate Counsel section as well. He has argued cases from the General District Court, up to the Supreme Court of Virginia.
Mr. Withers has represented an internationally recognized, very popular fast-food restaurant chain, and a nationally-recognized, very popular and well-known grocery store chain. In all, Mr. Withers has evaluated, purchased, held, sheltered, managed, directed or sold well over half a billion dollars of real property assets.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Withers was a business owner, manager, and developer. His development firm was the first in the state to convert a hotel into what is now commonly referred to as "Office Condominiums". Indeed, he was the first locally to draft and record a specific "Office Condo" Master Deed and Covenants regime.
Mr. Withers was the first to co-draft "Ridgetop" legislation -- a then novel endeavor, now a standard component to mountainous area zoning -- to protect and preserve the majestic grandeur of unspoiled mountaintops for years to come.
Prior to his engagement as In-House Counsel to Samson Properties, Dan has been In-House Counsel to dozens of organizations, from the regional Association of Realtors®, to Habitat For Humanity®, and many other non-profit and for-profit entities.
Unique Among Natives:
Dan is an eighth-generation native Northern Virginian, in an unbroken line of native Northern Virginians from the birth of William Withers in Stafford, Virginia, in the year 1726. Both of Dan's sons were also born right here in NoVa -- the ninth generation of consanguinity.
"My greatest source of pride, though, is that I was the first attorney in my community to jump out of an airplane for charity. I raised $10,000.00 for Children's Hospital! I received a cherished award for my insanity – a certificate which hangs proudly in my office. After falling for what seemed like hours -- I managed somehow to land on my feet . . . more or less." Dan Withers, 2003.