David Lasso concentrates his practice on municipal and state law matters including land use planning and development, procurement matters, state and local regulatory compliance requirements, legislative affairs, civil rights, and the general litigation of cases arising from these matters. Mr. Lasso’s innovative problem solving aids clients with legislation, litigation and municipal and state law. More than two decades of prior government service with the City of Falls Church, VA, and Arlington County, VA, bring unique skills to his practice.
Mr. Lasso continued his representation of complex municipal and state law matters during his 18 year career at Venable LLP, in Venable’s State and Local Government Practice Group where he was resident in its Virginia Office in Tyson’s.
Mr. Lasso has been actively involved in planning and development of mixed use projects and “transit oriented” projects adjacent to Metro stations, as well as projects whose success depends upon feeder transit to the nearby stations.
Mr. Lasso has represented regional, national and smaller local real estate clients for condominiums, apartments, auto dealerships,retail, hotel and telecommunications projects in Falls Church City, Fairfax City, Arlington, Fairfax County and nearby jurisdictions.
His most recent approved development was the mixed use “Lincoln at Tinner Hill” in the City of Falls Church by the Lincoln Property Company. Currently he represents Spectrum Development LLC, in its mixed use development proposed for the at 4.3 acre site at the corner of West and West Broad Streets in the City of Falls Church-a hotel, movie theater, retail and restaurants and multifamily residences are planned.
He has also been active in affordable housing issues. He and other Venable attorneys represented the Dittmar Company in its successful challenge to Arlington County’s unauthorized zoning practices requiring all developers to make substantial contributions to affordable housing.
Mr. Lasso has litigated significant, complex matters at all levels of state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Subjects include land use, condemnation, civil rights, employment, state civil conspiracy and discrimination.
Mr. Lasso provided assistance to one of the Clark Companies in its successful effort to design and build a middle school in the City of Falls Church, the first such project in Virginia using the new ‘Public Private Education and Infrastructure Act’ (PPEA).
Under a tight legislative deadline, he helped a large nonprofit corporation obtain the endorsement of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for a personal property exemption. He assisted with the first comprehensive regional approach to challenges facing local governments under parts of the 1996 Telecommunications Act and he provided model local laws relating to the regulation, zoning control and franchising of telecommunications facilities.