Phone: (804) 783-7240
Fax: (804) 783-7291
 
 
 
Ben Emerson practices in the areas of local government, finance, land use and commercial real estate. As chief financial officer of Sands Anderson and a member of the firm's three person Board of Directors for more than 12 years, he is actively engaged in the governing and management of the firm.  He is a member of our Government group and acts as County Attorney to Caroline and Essex Counties, and general counsel to the Brunswick County Industrial Development Authority to whom he provides advice on contract, procurement, zoning and land use, tax-exempt financing, economic development, PPEA and Virginia Freedom of Information Act issues. 

He frequently assists the firm's government clients in financing equipment and infrastructure needs through lease-purchase and tax-exempt financings, as well as in solving cash-flow problems through short-term revenue anticipation financings. Ben has assisted clients with numerous construction and economic development projects such as a new visitor's center in Caroline County, the location of McKesson Corporation's distribution center in Caroline and a $1.3 billion, 1,300 megawatt gas fired Dominion Power generating facility planned for Brunswick County.

Ben has represented localities in the development and tax-exempt financing of courthouses, fire and rescue facilities, landfills and public school expansion projects, among others. In addition to financing governmental projects, he has represented issuers and underwriters in private activity and other bond financings throughout Virginia, including such diverse financings as the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, a motorcycle sidecar manufacturing facility in Nelson County and the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy.

Ben advises Sands Anderson's governmental clients on a variety of zoning and subdivision issues including:

  • Interpretation of state and local land use laws
  • Cash and non-cash proffers
  • Special Exception permits
  • Nonconforming uses
  • Vested rights
  • Subdivision requirements

His commercial real estate experience includes many years of representing financial institutions and real estate developers in financing the development of  office, retail and industrial projects throughout Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.  Ben has been recognized by Virginia Business magazine as one of Virginia's "Legal Elite" in the areas of Real Estate and Land Use law, and in the "Best Lawyers in America©" directory for his practice in Municipal Law.

Ben is a past President and former member of the Board of Directors of the Downtown Club of Richmond, a past President of the Central Virginia Investment Council and a former member of the Board of Directors of the City of Richmond's Alternative Dispute Resolution Center. He is an active member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church where he served two three-year terms on the vestry, is a lay Eucharistic minister, subdeacon and verger, and past chair of the annual Every Member Canvas. He also sings in the choir, chaired the annual parish retreat for twelve years, worked for many years as a Boy Scout Troop leader, and led the troop's annual fundraising efforts. He is Governor of the Society of Colonial Wars in the state of  Virginia and a former adult advisor to the Children of the American Revolution. Ben is married with two adult children living in Atlanta, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina. He is an avid gardner, snow skier and scuba diver.

Articles

Nuances of Real  Estate  Acquisitions and  Conveyances by  Local Governments, Journal of Local Government Law, March 2001

"County Revenues," Virginia County Supervisors' Manual, 7th ed., Co-editor

 

■ Quick Facts

 
Education

B.A., University of Richmond, 1973
M.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University, 1975
J.D., University of Richmond, 1984

Admissions

  • Virginia

Professional Affiliations

  • Bar Association of the City of Richmond
  • Local Government Attorneys of Virginia
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar

Seminars and Presentations

  • Board of Supervisors Certification Course, Citizens Planning Education Association of Virginia, VACO  Annual Conference, November 13, 2007
  • Newly Elected Supervisors Seminar, December 3, 2007 in Richmond, December 10 in Blacksburg 
 

■ Quick Facts

 
Education

B.A., University of Richmond, 1973
M.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University, 1975
J.D., University of Richmond, 1984

Admissions

  • Virginia

Professional Affiliations

  • Bar Association of the City of Richmond
  • Local Government Attorneys of Virginia
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar

Seminars and Presentations

  • Board of Supervisors Certification Course, Citizens Planning Education Association of Virginia, VACO  Annual Conference, November 13, 2007
  • Newly Elected Supervisors Seminar, December 3, 2007 in Richmond, December 10 in Blacksburg