O'Hara Law Firm, PLC

O'Hara Law Firm, PLC

Helping you build a strong foundation for your real estate goals

Firm Overview

It's your land doing what you want with it is the Virginia way. O'Hara Law Firm, PLC can help you make sure your plans are within state and local laws and ordinances.

Our attorneys know Virginia and its communities. Raised and educated in the Commonwealth, lawyers Charley O'Hara and Sara O'Hara have spent their careers working with Virginia properties and in its state's courts. Our law firm focuses on commercial and residential development, entitlement work, easements, quitclaims, transactions, creation of homeowners' associations, and other real estate law issues, as well as commercial and civil litigation and personal injury. We represent builders, developers and owners, from national publicly traded corporations to local companies to individual property owners. Each lawyer has more than 25 years of legal experience and maintains an AV Preeminent Peer Review RatingSM by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest marker of legal ability and ethics.

A focused practice that meets your needs:
Our practice covers the full spectrum of real estate matters, including development, subdivision, entitlements, boundary line adjustments, transactions, bond release and litigation. The heart of our practice, however, is ensuring your property works for you. We liaise with the county and state governments to make sure your land can be used the way you want whether that means subdividing lots, obtaining development permits or getting bonds released, our lawyers help you achieve your goals.

At O'Hara Law Firm, we are committed to providing personal service and individual attention to each and every client. When you contact our law firm, you deal directly with an experienced attorney from the start to the finish of your project.

Serving a range of clients and development projects:
Our most common representation involves assisting builders and developers in the development of their properties, such as subdivisions and entitlements, but the breadth of our practice allows O'Hara Law Firm to serve almost any client in property law issues, transactions and litigation, including individual landowners and developers with large residential or commercial projects.
Main Office
Main Office
131 E. Broad Street, Suite 208
Falls Church  VA  22046
Phone
  • 703-538-4990
Fax
  • 703-538-4992
Websites
Real Estate
The property law experience and local knowledge you need in Northern Virginia
O'Hara Law Firm, PLC provides experienced legal representation in property law issues, including:
-Real estate development and subdivision
-Real estate transactions
-Commercial and civil litigation

Our primary clients include builders and developers involved in residential and commercial development and real estate transactions through bond release. We have also assisted individuals looking to subdivide their property and sell the resulting lots. In addition to these areas of practice, our lawyers also litigate civil and commercial issues our clients face.

Sara Towery O'Hara

Sara Towery O'Hara has been a partner with O'Hara Law Firm, PLC since its formation in October 2002, focusing on:

-the preparation of agreements and development documents (subdivision and easement documents)

-the creation of homeowners' and property owners' associations

-obtaining entitlement approvals

Prior to forming the firm, she was a partner at Culbert & O'Hara, PLC, in Leesburg, Virginia, and at Haight, Tramonte & Siciliano (now Tramonte, Yeonas, Roberts & Martin), at Tyson's Corner, Virginia, handling residential and commercial real estate development. She has been involved in developments ranging in size from two to 2,250 residential units and in mixed-use developments. Sara has extensive experience in development projects throughout Virginia's northern and central jurisdictions.

Sara grew up in Arlington and Fairfax counties and continued her education at the University of Virginia and William & Mary Law School. Sara and her husband Charley have three children who all attended Falls Church City public schools and continued their undergraduate and graduate education at the University of Virginia.

Sara keeps abreast of changing developments in the law as an active member of the Real Property sections of the Virginia State Bar Association and the Fairfax County Bar Association.

Admitted to practice:
-Virginia, 1983
-District of Columbia, 1984

Education:
-William & Mary Law School, J.D., 1983
-University of Virginia, B.A., With Distinction, 1978

Professional memberships:
-Fairfax Bar Association
-Virginia Bar Association
-District of Columbia Bar Association

Honors:
-AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Practice areas:
-Commercial development law
-Real estate entitlement
-Real estate transaction law
Education
  • William & Mary Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1983

Charley J. O'Hara

Charley O'Hara is a partner with O'Hara Law Firm, PLC, focusing on residential and commercial real estate development and civil litigation in Virginia and the District of Columbia. He concentrates in:

-the preparation of development agreements

-the preparation of deeds of subdivision

-the preparation of deeds of easement

-the processing of documents and plats through the various county agencies and utilities

-litigating commercial and civil cases

He has worked on projects from a single unit to over 1,200 units. Prior to forming the firm, he practiced insurance defense litigation with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Travelers Insurance Company and Bromley, Brown & Walsh for 19 years and also worked for Zurich North America Insurance Company. He has tried over 75 jury trials, as well as participated in numerous mediations and arbitrations. Charley served as a mediator and arbitrator under the District of Columbia Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division. He has argued before the Virginia Supreme Court, the Virginia Intermediate Court of Appeals, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Charley was born and raised in Falls Church. He returned to Falls Church to raise his three children, all of whom graduated from George Mason High School. Among his community involvements, Charley has served on the Advisory Board of the City of Falls Church Department of Recreation and Parks since 1990, including multiple terms as Chair of the Advisory Board; coached in the City of Falls Church Recreational Basketball League from 1996 to 2010; and served on several City of Falls Church task forces at the request of the City Council.

Admitted to practice:
-Virginia, 1983
-District of Columbia, 1984
-U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 1985
-U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 1986

Education:
-William & Mary Law School, J.D., 1983
-University of Virginia, B.A., With Distinction, 1980

Professional memberships:
-Virginia Bar Association
-District of Columbia Bar Association

Honors:
-AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Cases:
-Peacock v. J.C. Penney, Co., 764 F. 2d 1012 (4th Cir. 1985)
-Continental Cas. Co. v. Burton, 795 F.2d 1187 (4th Cir. 1986)
-Johnson v. Teal, 769 F.Supp. 947 (E.D.Va. 1991)
-Williams v. Auto Brokers, 6 Va.App. 570 (1988)
-American Steel v. Adams, 230 Va. 189 (1985)
-Katchi v. Landmark Restaurant Assn., 237 Va. 139, 375 S.E. 2d 743 (1989)
-Cobert v. Home Owners Warranty, 239 Va. 460, 391 S.E.2d 263 (1990)
-Bell v. Westinghouse, 483 A.2d 324 (D.C.App. 1984)

Practice areas:
-Commercial real estate development
-Real estate entitlement
-Litigation
-Contract law
Education
  • William & Mary Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1983
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