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6045 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, Virginia 22205-1546


P. David Tarter

Mr. Tarter specializes in real estate development, land use, transactions, and general business law. His clients include a broad range of builders, developers, property owners, and businesses.

As a former land acquisition manager for a local builder/developer, Mr. Tarter brings his unique experience to every project. He provides his builder, developer and property owner clients with "start-to-finish" legal assistance throughout the land development process, including site analysis, contract preparation, land use and entitlement approvals, project financing, and preparation of subdivision, community association and other development documents.

Mr. Tarter has been involved in numerous rezoning and development projects for residential, commercial and retail use. His projects include the multi-phase Metropolitan Park development, master-planned for over 3,000 residential units and the first site plan approval pursuant to Arlington's MU-VS zoning category. He has appeared before authorities ranging from boards of supervisors and zoning appeals boards to the Virginia Supreme Court. In addition, Mr. Tarter has extensive transactional experience and has negotiated hundreds of millions of dollars in acquisition, development and construction loans for his clients.

He has received a Martindale-Hubbell "AV" (Preeminent) rating, the highest available, from his legal peers.

He has also been selected as one of Virginia's Top Rated Lawyers by the Legal Leaders publication.

In 2012, Mr. Tarter was elected to the Falls Church City Council. He received the most votes of the seven candidates running for office.

Mr. Tarter is the past Chairman of the City of Falls Church Economic Development Authority. He has also served as the interim City Attorney for the City of Falls Church.

Drawing on his experiences, Mr. Tarter is also a continuing legal education speaker, having presented on real estate development, land use, and title issues. He has also authored publications on real estate matters.

A native of Northern Virginia, Mr. Tarter received his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Virginia. He has also lived and worked extensively overseas including in Riga, Latvia; Tokyo, Japan; and London, England.

Representative Projects:

Metropolitan Park at Pentagon City
Joule Condominium
Garfield Park
Bromptons at Cherrydale

Practice Areas:

Real Estate Development
Land Use and Zoning
Real Estate Transactions (Contracts, Leasing, Financing, etc.)
Business Law


University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia, J.D. 1991
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, B.A. 1987


Co-authored series of articles on environmental issues for the Construction Specifier Magazine

Reported Cases:

Higgs v. Kirkbride (Virginia Supreme Court)

Professional Affiliations:

Virginia State Bar Association
Arlington County Bar Association


Virginia 1991

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