William L. Holt


    Will’s practice focuses on real estate, business consulting, estate planning and administration, and eminent domain. Will’s clients range from individuals and family businesses to large corporations and municipalities. Will thrives on the personal relationships involved in assisting his clients from the biggest to the smallest matters he handles.

    Representative Matters

    Real Estate/Land Use

    • Representation of national developer in the rezoning and development of a mixed use community with a regional destination shopping center and 650 residential units
    • Representation of a 2,000-unit age-restricted community in numerous master plan and zoning revisions
    • Representation of numerous developers in rezonings, special use permits, comprehensive plan amendments
    • Representation of metal recycling facility in zoning amendment and resolution of disputes with adjacent owners
    • Representation of homeowners association in coordination with developer of mixed-use community for collaborative revision of community master plan

    Eminent Domain

    • Representation of hundreds of landowners and businesses impacted by major regional natural gas pipeline project to negotiate fair compensation and minimization of impacts from proposed taking
    • Representation of numerous landowners’ and businesses’ eminent domain cases involving VDOT, localities, and utility providers

    Private Client Services

    • Representation of numerous executors, trustees, and families in estate and trust administrations
    • Representation of clients in all ranges of estate planning needs, from the preparation of simple wills and power of attorney documents to complex tax planning, including preparation and funding of revocable living trusts
    • Representation of families in succession planning for ownership by multiple generations of vacation homes, hunting cabins, and farm land


    • Representation of numerous closely held companies in formation, structuring, and general governance
    • Representation of buyers and sellers in asset purchase and stock purchase transactions
    • Representation as general counsel of continuing care retirement community
    • Representation of buyers, sellers, and operators of mobile home parks

    Recognition & Honors

    • Best Lawyers in America, 2024
    • Top Lawyer; CoVaBIZ Magazine, 2019-2023
    • Virginia Rising Stars; Real Estate, 2015-2023
    • Virginia’s Legal Elite; Virginia Business Magazine, 2018-2023
    • CIVIC Leadership Institute; Class of 2021
    • Millennial on the Move; CoVaBIZ Magazine, 2019
    • Top 40 Under 40, Inside Business, 2018
    • William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review, 2006–2008


    • American Bar Association
    • Virginia Bar Association; Young Lawyers Division, Executive Council
    • Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference; 9th Circuit Representative
    • Williamsburg Bar Association
    • Franklin-Southampton Bar Association
    • Christopher Newport University Alumni Society; Board of Directors
    • Christopher Newport University Education Foundation; Board of Trustees
    • Christopher Newport University Athletics Advisory Committee
    • Franklin Southampton Charities; Board of Directors
    • Franklin-Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce; Board of Directors
    • The Village at Woods Edge; Board of Directors


    • Christopher Newport University; B.S. in Business Finance, cum laude, 2005
    • William & Mary Law School; J.D., 2008

    Press & Publications