Jan L. Proctor

Jan L. Proctor specializes in local and state government laws and regulation, with expertise in public-private partnerships, redevelopment, economic development agreements, land use, zoning, local and state taxation, finance, land acquisitions, eminent domain, public works, transportation projects, and administrative laws such as the Virginia Freedom of Information Act and the State and Local Conflict of Interests Act. Jan served in the Chesapeake City Attorney’s Office from 1988-2018, and was appointed City Attorney in 2013. In addition to her decades of experience in local government, Jan served as the Opinions Counsel for the Virginia Attorney General from 2018 to 2020.

Jan has been intrinsically involved in a number of economic development projects that have positively impacted the Hampton Roads region, including the development of the Chesapeake Conference Center, the Greenbrier West business center, and the recent expansion of the Dollar Tree headquarters. Her contributions include preparation of performance agreements, state grant and financing documents, contracts, memoranda of understanding, deeds, licenses and easements. Jan has also assisted in establishing and maintaining enterprise zones, technology zones, community development authorities, service districts, tax increment financing districts and strategic redevelopment programs.

Jan represented the Chesapeake Planning Commission for over 10 years and throughout her tenure with the City, she worked to facilitate the public’s interest in a number of high profile commercial and residential developments. She has a rare and specialized understanding of conditional rezonings, proffers, special exceptions, historic preservation districts, open space and agricultural preservation, zoning and subdivision regulations, subdivision laws, and state laws impacting land use principles.

Jan was the lead counsel in several multi-million dollar transportation projects, including the Chesapeake Transportation System, replacement of the Jordan Bridge, replacement of the AIW Deep Creek Bridge, the expansion and realignment of U.S. Route 17. During these projects, Jan worked hand-in-hand with local, state and federal representatives to resolve a variety of issues relating to land acquisition, eminent domain actions, federal relocation requirements, environmental regulations, procurement, engineering and construction contracts, and complex financing arrangements.

In light of her years of experience in representing the city council and numerous boards, commissions and authorities, Jan is highly qualified to evaluate local government interests and provide counsel concerning the difficult scenarios that local government bodies encounter. She is also well versed in the intricacies of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, the Virginia State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act, the Virginia Public Procurement Act, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, and several other administrative laws that can be difficult in application.

Jan received her undergraduate degree from James Madison, summa cum laude, and her law degree from George Mason University School of Law, with distinction. She was privileged to serve as law clerk to the Honorable J. Calvitt Clarke in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. She has served as President of the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, Inc. and Chair of the Local Government Law Section of the Virginia State Bar. Among other recognitions, Jan received the Edward J. Finnegan Distinguished Service award for her work in local government and has been named a Fellow by the Virginia Law Foundation.