Benming Zhang

    Office: Williamsburg
    Admissions: Virginia


    Benny is an Associate in the firm’s Williamsburg office and a member of the Commercial, Real Estate Strategies, Eminent Domain, and Private Client Services Practice Groups. His previous service on the Williamsburg City Council lends a unique perspective on business and zoning matters. Benny remains extensively involved in the community and values the personal relationships involved in assisting clients.  

    Recognition & Honors

    • Top 40 Under 40, Inside Business, 2021
    • Williamsburg City Council; Councilmember, 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


    • Literacy for Life; President, 2017-present
    • WHRO; Governing Board of Directors, Director
    • Williamsburg Community Foundation; Trustee
    • Virginia Bar Association; Young Lawyers Division
    • Williamsburg Bar Association
    • American Bar Association; Young Lawyers Division, State & Local Government Law Section
    • William & Mary Asian Centennial Committee; Member
    • American Planning Association; Virginia Chapter
    • Hampton Roads Chamber’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee; Member
    • Chesapeake Bank Peninsula Business Advisory Board; Member


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

    Past leadership positions

    • 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