Jo Anne S. Bitner, Shareholder


Practice Areas

A twenty year veteran of Virginia’s ever growing and expanding commercial and residential real estate market, Jo Anne Bitner understands the legal and business challenges facing builders and developers in Virginia and across the country. Whether navigating complex legal problems or difficult business negotiations, Jo Anne’s practical and common sense approach provides her clients with an innovative outlook toward solving challenges their business may face.

With a practice focusing on large commercial and residential real estate development, Jo Anne has extensive experience in condominium and property owners’ association documentation; development agreements; and deeds of dedication, subdivision and easement. Her clients include many national and regional builders and developers, and her work has been instrumental in the development of many large commercial and residential projects in Northern Virginia.

A leader in her field, Jo Anne served on the Board of Zoning Appeals for the Town of Vienna, Virginia and was a founding board member of HomeAid Northern Virginia–a charitable arm of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association that partners with builders and developers to provide for the construction and renovation of shelters for the transitionally homeless. Jo Anne is actively involved with Women Giving Back, a charitable task force of HomeAid that provides clothing and accessories for transitionally homeless women re-entering the work force.

Jo Anne was most recently selected by Virginia Business magazine as a 2014 “Legal Elite” in Real Estate Law. She was also selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017 list for Real Estate Law.


  • J.D., University of Richmond School of Law, 1992
  • B.S., magna cum laude, James Madison University, 1987
Admitted to Practice
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
Areas of Concentration
  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Land Use
Professional Activities
  • Northern Virginia Building Industry Association
  • HomeAid Northern Virginia
  • Women Giving Back
  • Virginia Bar Association, Real Property Section
  • Fairfax Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America® 2015-2017 for Real Estate Law
  • Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” 2011 and 2014 – Real Estate Law