Ann K. Crenshaw

    Of Counsel • Co-Chair of Lender Representation
    Office: Virginia Beach
    Admissions: Virginia


    Ann has many years of experience as a commercial real estate attorney. Ann’s practice includes commercial real estate services in the areas of zoning, land use, development and transactions, including purchasing and leasing. She has an active practice representing lenders and borrowers in transactional matters. Additionally, Ann has an extensive background in commercial litigation and creditors’ rights and bankruptcy matters. She is Chair of the Infrastructure & Transportation Industry Team as well as Vice-Chair of the Lender Representation Practice Group.

    Ann is a founding member and past president of CREW Hampton Roads (Commercial Real Estate Women). She is president-elect of the Hampton Roads Commercial Real Estate Association, as well as many other professional organizations. Ann has repeatedly been recognized as one of the top lawyers in her field, including selection as one of the Best Lawyers in America, the Top Women in Commercial Real Estate by Virginia Business and as a recipient of the Women in Business Achievement Award by Inside Business.

    Recognition & Honors

    • Best Lawyers in America, 2011-2024
    • Top Attorneys; CoVaBIZ Magazine, 2020-2023
    • AV® Rated; Martindale-Hubbell
    • The Power List; Inside Business, 2012-2023
    • Norfolk Litigation – Real Estate Lawyer of the Year; Best Lawyers in America, 2022
    • Virginia Bar Association Real Estate Council, Virginia Code Commission, 2017-2018
    • Influential Women of Virginia Award; Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2011
    • Women of Distinction Award; YWCA of South Hampton Roads, 2011
    • Virginia Super Lawyers; Law & Politics, 2013-2018, 2020-2023
    • Virginia’s Legal Elite; Virginia Business Magazine, 2010-2018, 2021-2023
    • Top Women in Commercial Real Estate; Virginia Business, 2010
    • Women In Business Achievement Award; Inside Business, 2009
    • Virginia State Bar Council Second Judicial Circuit; Representative, 2005-2011
    • Virginia State Bar Council Seventh District Disciplinary Committee; Secretary, 2000-2002; Vice Chair, 2002; Chair, 2003, 1999-December 2003
    • Judicial Law Clerk to The Honorable Walter E. Hoffman, United States District Judge, Walter E. Hoffman United States Courthouse, Norfolk, Virginia, 1980-1981
    • Phi Beta Kappa


    • Mayor’s Commission on Offshore Wind and Clean Energy; Member
    • Virginia Beach Housing Advisory Board; Board Member, 2014-present; Board of Directors, President, 2020
    • Sweet Briar College; Board of Directors Alumna Representative
    • CREW Hampton Roads; Founding Member, 2006; President and Director, 2006-2010
    • Virginia Beach GrowSmart Foundation; President
    • Virginia Beach Vision; Board Member, Executive Committee, Vice Chair, Chair 2019-Present
    • Virginia Beach Community Development Corporation; Board Member, 2005-2015
    • Civic Leadership Institute, Class of 2007; Board of Directors; Executive Committee; President; Past President
    • TowneBank; Virginia Beach City Executive Board
    • Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate; Past President, 2016; President, 2015; Executive Committee, 2012-2014; Secretary/Treasurer, 2013; Board of Directors, 2011-2019; Co-Chair Legislative Committee, 2009-2010; Chair Past President’s Council, 2018-Present
    • Old Dominion University’s Center for Real Estate and Economic Development; Board Member
    • Virginia Bar Association; Real Estate Section Board Member, 2013; Secretary Treasurer, 2018-2020; Vice Chair, 2021
    • CREW Network; Foundation Committee, Hampton Roads Region, 2011-2012
    • Light Rail Now; Board of Directors, 2014-2016
    • Virginia State Bar; Technology Committee, 1999-2008; Board of Governors, 1999-2008
    • Virginia Beach Bar Association
    • United Way Women’s Initiative – Funding Council, 2010
    • Junior League of Norfolk – Virginia Beach
    • The Buff Foundation; Board of Trustees
    • Westminster Canterbury Foundation; Board of Directors, 2012-2018
    • Public Art Virginia Beach Foundation
    • Old Dominion University – Empowering Women in Real Estate, 2018
    • Representative to Virginia Code Commission – Real Estate


    • Sweet Briar College; A.B., 1976
    • William & Mary Law School; J.D., 1980

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