G. Evan Pritchard


Evan focuses his practice on securing zoning and land use approvals for developers and landowners in jurisdictions throughout Northern Virginia, including Arlington County, Fairfax County, the city of Fairfax, and the city of Falls Church, among others. Such approvals include re-zonings, special exceptions, special use permits, and Administrative Regulation 4.1 Site Plans. Evan advises clients on state and federal legislation and regulations that affect real estate development. He also assists clients with essential changes to local jurisdictions’ comprehensive plans and zoning ordinances. Evan’s clients include mixed-use project developers, large corporations, commercial property owners, small business owners, nonprofit organizations, and churches.

Prior to joining the firm, Evan was a partner in the Virginia office of a national law firm. Before that, he spent nearly a decade at a Northern Virginia land use and development firm. He is an experienced litigator who has worked with the Environment & Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, serving as lead counsel on 25 civil cases in federal court.

Evan earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. Evan has been recognized by Chambers USA as an Up and Coming, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use for Northern Virginia.



Best Lawyers Honors More Than 200 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys to its Best Lawyers in America 2024 Edition

August 17, 2023

Best Lawyers selected 232 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 24 of the firm’s U.S. offices for inclusion in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Rt. 50 McDonald’s Proposes Major Upgrade

September 29, 2022

Evan Pritchard is featured in Annandale Today, discussing the proposed renovations to the second-oldest McDonald’s in Virginia.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch

August 22, 2022

210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 24 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Cozen O’Connor Continues to Gain Traction in Real Estate with Zoning and Land Use Attorney G. Evan Pritchard

November 15, 2021

Pritchard brings extensive experience with securing zoning entitlements throughout Northern Virginia and the District.


Zoning Ordinance Declared Void [Alert]

March 28, 2023

The Virginia Supreme Court ruled last week that the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance, known as “zMod,” is void ab initio.

In Focus: Demand for Industrial Land Surges

June 17, 2022

Evan Pritchard discusses the surge in demand for industrial land due to the growth in e-commerce in Area Development. Sales for industrial land grew by 41 percent from Q1 of 2020 to Q4 of 2021. With online services now a part of everyone’s life, we must be able to support these services with the land.

Proposed Chevy Chase Small Area Plan [Alert]

March 17, 2022

Meridith Moldenhauer and Evan Pritchard discuss the Chevy Chase Small Area Plan.

D.C. Looking to Incentivize Office to Residential Conversions [Get The Dirt Blog]

January 20, 2022

As office vacancies remain at record levels in D.C., and even leased buildings continue to remain largely empty thanks to COVID, the city is looking to find ways to incentivize conversion of older commercial buildings (office, hotel, or retail) to residential use. The Office of the Deputy Mayor for...

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Development 101

July 18, 2023 - McLean, VA


  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2001
  • University of Texas–Austin, B.A., 1998

Awards & Honors

Chambers USA, Up and Coming, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, Northern Virginia, 2020

Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine, 2022

Best Lawyers in America, 2020-2024

Arlington Magazine, Top Attorney, 2019, 2021-2023

Virginia Business, Legal Elite, Real Estate and Land Use, 2017

Leadership Arlington, 40 Under 40

Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rated

Leadership Fairfax, 2013

U.S. Department of Justice, Outstanding Performance Rating Award, 2007

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Member, Board of Directors, NAIOP Northern Virginia

Member, Board of Directors, Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance

Counsel, Ballston Business Improvement District (BID)