Mark A. Short

    Member • Chair of Eminent Domain
    Office: Newport News
    Admissions: Virginia


    Mark is recognized as one of the leading eminent domain attorneys in Virginia. As a seasoned litigator in all aspects of eminent domain and condemnation law, he has represented a variety of businesses and property owners against federal, state and local authorities. Mark represents owners and tenants of commercial and residential properties. Cases have included small to large tracts of vacant land, primary, secondary and rental homes, commercial office buildings, big box retailers, shopping centers, hotels, farms, mining lands, banks, restaurants, gas stations, convenience stores, churches, funeral homes, and community association properties. He also has substantial experience representing clients on relocation issues that arise from these proceedings.

    Mark’s active property rights practice complements his eminent domain practice. He represents property owners in property disputes, title claims, and land-use matters, including adverse possession, easement disputes, riparian rights, partition actions, receiverships, foreclosures, title reformation claims, re-zonings, and land-use permits. Mark’s practice also includes real estate transactions and finance. Mark is a frequent speaker on real property matters throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and for national trade and legal associations. Mark has served as the president of the Newport News Bar Association and is highly regarded among his peers.

    Representative Matters

    • Represented numerous shopping centers, retailers, and restaurants in eminent domain cases filed by VDOT, the federal government, localities, and utility providers
    • Represented the owners of hotel properties, medical complexes, vacant parcels, storage facilities, and many other types of investment properties in eminent domain cases
    • Represented numerous residential property owners in eminent domain cases filed by VDOT, localities, and utility providers
    • Defended against a multimillion-dollar breach of contract and fraud claim

    Recognition & Honors

    • Best Lawyers in America, 2021-2024
    • Top Lawyers; CoVaBIZ, 2015, 2017-2024
    • Virginia’s Legal Elite; Virginia Business Magazine, 2019-2020, 2022-2023
    • Featured Presenter, Eminent Domain Conference in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020
    • CIVIC Leadership Institute Class of 2014
    • AV® Preeminent; Martindale-Hubbell
    • AVVO Top Rated 10


    • Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula; Secretary, Executive Committee; Board of Directors
    • Peninsula German Club; Board of Directors
    • Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce; Board of Directors; Executive Committee, Chairman of Membership
    • Newport News Bar Association; Board of Directors; Past-President
    • Virginia Bar Association; Real Property Subcommittee, Eminent Domain Subcommittee
    • American Bar Association
    • Hampton Roads Association of Commercial Real Estate
    • Associated General Contractors of Virginia
    • American Heart Association Peninsula Heart Ball; Corporate Sponsor Chair, 2010
    • Virginia Living Museum; Board of Trustees
    • Salvation Army for the Virginia Peninsula; Board of Advisors
    • Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce; Graduate of the Leadership Institute
    • Hampton Roads Academy; Alumni Board
    • Denbigh Rotary Club; Board of Advisors
    • Oyster Point Rotary Club
    • Virginia Peninsula Association of Realtors, Risk Management Committee


    • College of William & Mary; B.A., 1987
    • William & Mary Law School; J.D., 1994

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