James E. Autry



A natural consensus builder, Jim’s skills at resolving tangled legal and business issues and reputation for developing workable solutions to intractable problems have earned him the designation of Super Lawyer™ and the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell™ rating from his peers, that of AV™, or very high to preeminent, legal skills. Drawing on more than thirty years of experience in real estate law, business transactions and commercial litigation, Jim is able to resolve issues ranging from the fine tuning of internal governance documents and real estate transactions to significant corporate and real estate transactions and litigation. When local businesses need to make “it” work, they look to Jim to devise a plan and put the plan into action.   When the unexpected happens with business control or commercial real estate, Jim figures out the solution.

Jim’s problem solving skills are also well applied in his estate litigation practice. When estates are convoluted or contested, family real estate and business affairs frequently form the basis of the dispute. Jim’s legal and problem solving skills serve families well in their efforts to resolve such difficult issues.

Outside of the law firm, Jim maintains active involvement in the community. From 1990-2000, Jim was an Adjunct Professor, teaching Real Estate Law at Northern Virginia Community College. He has presented seminars in business ethics and legal ethics. Jim has served as corporate or local counsel to several non-profit groups providing assisted living for the physically and mentally disabled and has served as general counsel to national religious organizations.

Beginning in 2015, Jim was named as a Top Lawyer in Business Law by Northern Virginia Magazine. Jim is a past designee as being among the Virginia Business Magazine Legal Elite in Business Law, and has been named a Virginia Super Lawyer in Business Law since 2017.




U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit


Law School: Dickinson School of Law
Carlisle, PennsylvaniaJuris Doctor, 1984
College: Randolph-Macon College
Ashland, VirginiaB.A., 1980American History,Phi Beta Kappa,Eta Sigma Phi,University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia

M.A., 1980

American & English History


Virginia State Bar (Member, Real Property Section)