George Washington University Law School, J.D. 2008

  • Member, The American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal

Davidson College, B.A., 2005

  • Managing Editor, The Davidsonian

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Virginia, 2008
  • District of Columbia, 2010
  • Maryland, 2011
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
News & Publications
Beyond the Suit
Expand All

Zachary Williams is a shareholder of Bean, Kinney & Korman. His practices focuses on land use law and litigation. He represents clients in a broad range of land use and zoning matters and litigates civil cases in trial and appellate courts in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. 

Land Use, Zoning & Real Estate

Zach assists clients with a variety of land use, zoning and real estate development projects in Northern Virginia, D.C., and Maryland. In Northern Virginia, he has handled matters in Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William and Loudon County and in the City of Alexandria.

His broad knowledge of land use work includes:

  • applications for special exceptions,
  • comprehensive plan amendments,
  • conditional use permits,
  • special use permits,
  • site plans,
  • variances,
  • subdivisions, and
  • rezonings.

Zach also regularly assists clients with zoning violation issues and zoning due diligence reviews prior to acquisition and development of property. 


In addition to land use and zoning development work, Zach handles high-profile land use and property cases that have reached the Virginia Supreme Court, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Maryland Court of Appeals and the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. His experience includes matters involving:

  • Boards of Zoning Appeals (“BZA”),
  • real property disputes,
  • local government and construction-related cases,
  • easement disputes,
  • rights of first refusal,
  • adverse possession,
  • restrictive covenants,
  • commercial lease disputes, and
  • condominium and property owners’ association disputes.

Zach also assists business clients with litigation matters related to partnership and franchise disputes. 

Rated by Super Lawyers


Virginia Super Lawyers, Rising Star in Land Use/Zoning, 2016 - present

Virginia Super Lawyers, Rising Star in General Litigation, 2015

Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, Rising Star in General Litigation, 2014 - 2018

Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, Rising Star in Land Use/Zoning, 2019


Zoning and Land Use 

  • Handled multiple applications for special exceptions, rezonings, proffered condition amendments, variances and use permits in Northern Virginia jurisdictions, the District of Columbia and Maryland.
  • Assisted with preparation of easements, deeds, covenants, subdivisions and related site plan applications in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia jurisdictions.
  • Prepared zoning due diligence memoranda for clients in Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia and Maryland. 
  • Handled zoning and land use appeals before Boards of Zoning Appeals and the circuit courts in Virginia.


  • Successfully handled all aspects of a case that reached the Virginia Supreme Court relating to local taxation of Transferable Development Rights in Arlington County, Virginia.
  • Argued before the Virginia Supreme Court in a case involving land use and local government issues in Fairfax County, Virginia. 
  • Prevailed at trial in a Fairfax County, Virginia dispute related to restrictive covenants and a new residential subdivision development.
  • First chair trial and arbitration experience litigating multiple disputes in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Northern Virginia related to easements, rights of first refusal, commercial lease disputes, restrictive covenants, construction-related matters, and property owners’ associations.
  • Successfully litigated a jury trial to verdict related to a franchise dispute for a well-known fast casual restaurant with national and international locations

Published Articles

Speaking Engagements

Blog Posts

Professional & Community Affiliations

Urban Land Institute (ULI) – Graduate of the 2017 Regional Land Use Leadership Institute Program

NAIOP – Northern Virginia Chapter Member and Developing Leaders Mentor Program 

International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) - Member

Virginia State Bar – Local Government Section 

District of Columbia Bar – Real Estate, Housing and Land Use Section 

Maryland State Bar Association Real Property Section

Beyond the Suit

Outside of the office, Zach enjoys exploring local neighborhoods, restaurants and coffee shops in and around D.C. and also enjoys traveling with his family. Zach also plays tenor saxophone in a jazz quartet in Washington, D.C. and is a regular attendee of local jazz concerts. He is also an avid Davidson Wildcats basketball fan.