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    Benming Zhang

    Associate
    Office: Williamsburg
    Admissions: Virginia

    Biography

    Benny’s practice focuses on commercial, estate planning, and real estate. A past elected member of the Williamsburg City Council, Benny leverages his unique experiences, his entrepreneurial acumen, and his legal skillset in assisting his clients accomplish their objectives and challenges. His clients range from domestic and international public corporations to privately-held businesses to individuals.

    Benny’s commercial practice includes the formation of entities and joint ventures, contract development, initial public offerings (IPOs), SEC compliance issues, private equity, securities offerings and regulation, counseling small businesses, and general corporate governance. He is a member of the firm’s Securities Team.

    He is also a member of the firm’s Estate, Trust, and Wealth Transfer team where his practice includes advising, preparing, and implementing thoughtful and efficient estate plans for clients, and assisting clients in the probate and administration of estates and the administration, modification, and termination of trusts.

    Benny’s real estate practice includes structuring acquisition entities, zoning/permitting, acquisition/development financing, and leasing for commercial, single-family, multi-family, mixed-use, and industrial projects.

    Benny currently serves as Secretary of the Williamsburg Bar Association and remains extensively involved in the Hampton Roads region serving on numerous boards. He values the personal relationships involved in assisting clients.

    Recognition & Honors

    • NextGen Award; CoVaBIZ Magazine, 2022
    • Asian Centennial Commemorative Presidential Citation, College of William & Mary, 2022
    • Top 40 Under 40, Inside Business, 2021
    • Williamsburg City Council; Council Member, 2016-2020
    • Thurgood Marshall Award; William & Mary Law School
    • American Bar Association State and Local Government Award
    • Center for the Study of Law and Markets Fellowship
    • William & Mary Property Rights Fellowship
    • I’Anson-Hoffman American Inn of Court
    • William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal; Editorial Board
    • Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference Journal; Editorial Board

    Associations

    • Williamsburg Bar Association; Secretary
    • Literacy for Life; President, 2017-present
    • WHRO; Governing Board of Directors, Director
    • Williamsburg Community Foundation; Trustee
    • Virginia Bar Association; Young Lawyers Division
    • American Bar Association; Young Lawyers Division, State & Local Government Law Section
    • American Planning Association; Virginia Chapter
    • Chesapeake Bank Peninsula Business Advisory Board; Member

    Education

    • College of William & Mary; B.A., 2016
    • William & Mary Law School; J.D., 2020

    Past leadership positions

    • William & Mary Asian Centennial Committee; Member
    • Hampton Roads Chamber’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee; Member
    • Hampton Roads Alliance; 757 Recovery Placing Making & Marketing, 2020
    • Virginia Transit Association; Vice President, 2018-2020
    • Virginia First Cities; Board of Directors, 2017-2020
    • Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance – Business Council; Board of Directors, 2018-2020
    • Olde Towne Medical & Dental Center; Board of Directors, 2016-2020
    • 2019 Commemoration First Representative Assembly Committee, 2016-2019
    • Governor-Elect Transition Policy Council on Local Government, 2017
    • Virginia Municipal League Legislative Committee; Vice-Chair, 2017-2019
    • Greater Peninsula Workforce Development Consortium; Board of Directors, 2016-2018
    • City of Williamsburg Public Housing Advisory Committee, 2012-2019