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D. Wyatt Bethel, Shareholder

Wyatt Bethel is not just a legal technician, but a business advisor and counselor. He strategizes with each client to “look around the corners” of transactions and to anticipate issues that may not be immediately evident. Wyatt practices primarily in the area of real estate transactions, representing lending institutions, builders, and developers in every facet of the sale, acquisition, and financing of commercial and residential real estate. He is skilled in the preparation and negotiation of real estate sales contracts and has extensive experience in representing banks and documenting commercial loan transactions, whether secured by real estate or business assets. His work has contributed to the successful completion of numerous prominent residential, multi-family, commercial office building and mixed-use projects constructed throughout Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Wyatt also has experience in the subdivision of land and the related documentation of easements and covenants, as well as the formation of homeowners associations and the declaration of condominium regimes. He also represents banks and business/equity lending institutions in real estate based financing transactions, including the preparation and negotiation of loan commitments and loan documents, loan workouts and restructurings, and foreclosures. Wyatt is also skilled in facilitating like-kind exchanges; negotiating commercial office leases; assisting in the resolution of title disputes; negotiating custom home construction contracts; and organizing and forming limited liability companies, limited partnerships, corporations, and other real estate ownership and investment entities.

Prior to joining the firm, he was General Counsel to the Van Metre Companies, a Northern Virginia developer and homebuilder. Having represented both developers and financial institutions, Wyatt has developed an insightful business approach to transactional real estate and takes great pride in the business successes of his clients.

Wyatt has received an AV rating, the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings for his legal ability and general ethical standards, and was listed among Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” for Real Estate in 2010.

Education
  • J.D., The College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, 1978
  • B.A., Government, The College of William & Mary, 1975
    • Omicron Delta Kappa
Admitted to Practice
  • Virginia
Areas of Concentration
  • Real Estate
  • Land Use & Development
  • Banking & Finance
  • Business Formation Planning
Professional Activities
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association, Real Property Section
Honors & Awards
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings
  • Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” 2010–Real Estate
Community Activities
  • Fairfax United Methodist Church
    • Trustee, Vice-Chairman and Secretary of Board of Trustees
    • Chairman, Finance Committee
    • Chairman, Endowment Committee
    • Member, Church Council
    • Senior Usher
    • Rebuilding Together