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Laura Lee Garrett

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As a leader of the firm’s retail shopping center practice, Laura Lee represents developers, end users and lenders in the development, leasing and management of commercial projects, including retail, office, multi-family, mixed-use, and healthcare facilities. With more than 25 years of commercial real estate experience, she is routinely called upon to assist real estate investors with their most complex purchase and sale transactions. Laura Lee also serves as leader of the firm’s real estate lending practice. Her representation of banks and other lenders involves regular assistance with loan documentation, due diligence and the closing of real estate and asset-based loans.

Laura Lee treats all client matters with great care and responsiveness - a philosophy of practice that has earned her the loyalty of a diverse client base. She is committed to helping clients manage their risk exposure, while bringing transactions to an efficient and successful close.  Laura Lee values her colleagues, routinely collaborating with other lawyers at the firm to serve the unique needs of her clients.

In addition to private practice, Laura Lee was in-house real estate counsel for two Fortune 500 retailers, Circuit City and Richfood. She has been an adjunct professor at William and Mary Law School, teaching real estate transactions.

Laura Lee is passionate about giving back to the community.  Throughout her career she has served in leadership positions for non-profit organizations and industry trade groups, including the Better Housing Coalition, RVA ToolBank, ULI, CREW, ChildSavers and Fan District civic associations.



  • Negotiated cutting edge leases with some of the most popular concepts in the fast casual restaurant space, including Mellow Mushroom, Cava Grill, Tijuana Flats and First Watch
  • Counseled a European grocer entering the U.S. market in its first five site acquisitions in America
  • Represented a regional developer of multiple grocery anchored neighborhood shopping centers on land assemblage, leasing, financing and construction


  • Served as counsel to EB-5 lender in construction loans for the University of Miami Life Science and Technology Park and the Pierce mixed-use high rise tower in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood
  • Regularly acts as local counsel in financing transactions involving national lenders making multi-million dollar loans secured by real estate in Virginia


  • William and Mary, J.D., 1990
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1985

Published Works/Speaking Engagements

  • Author, “Healthcare Targets Shopping Malls,” North American Builders, August/September 2015
  • Appears as a regular speaker at the ICSC U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference


  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate, Woodward/White, Inc., 2013-2018
  • Selected for inclusion as a “Super Lawyer,” Real Estate, Virginia Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2013 and 2014
  • Named to "Legal Elite" (Real Estate/Land Use), Virginia Business, 2008, 2010-2012, 2017
  • AIA Richmond 2012 Chapter Citation in recognition of positive influence on the built environment in the City of Richmond
  • Chosen one of CREW’s Top 20 Women in Commercial Real Estate, 2010


  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI Virginia Advisory Council)
  • Better Housing Coalition (Former Member, Board of Directors)
  • RVA ToolBank (Board of Directors, Talent Committee Chair)

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