William M. Baskin, Jr.
Mr. Baskin is a life-long resident of northern Virginia and has been in the private practice of law since 1976. Mr. Baskin began practicing law in Falls Church, Virginia after receiving both his B.S. in business administration and his law degree from the University of Richmond. He is a principal of the firm Baskin, Jackson & Lasso P.C. and has been a member of this firm since 1976. Mr. Baskin’s primary areas of practice include zoning, land use, civil litigation and general commercial issues. Mr. Baskin is licensed to practice in all trial and appellate courts in the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the United States Supreme Court.
Dedicated to the Falls Church Community
Active in both the legal profession and community affairs, Mr. Baskin has served in many organizations throughout his career. Mr. Baskin served as President and on the Board of Directors for the Child Development Center of Northern Virginia, President of the Falls Church Private/Public Partnership, as a Board member of United Cerebral Palsy of Washington and Northern Virginia, and the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce. He was a founding director of the Falls Church Education Foundation. In 1999, Mr. Baskin was appointed to the Charter Review Committee by the Falls Church City Council to recommend changes to the City Charter. In 2005, Mr. Baskin helped found and became the first President of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Foundation.
Mr. Baskin’s participation in organizations within the legal community mirrors his strong commitment to maintaining high standards for legal practitioners. He was President of the Fairfax Bar Association in 1988 and on its Board of Directors from 1982–1990. He was also a member of the Virginia State Bar Council from 1989–1995. He has served on the Judicial Evaluation Committee, the Judicial Screening Committee, and as a Professionalism Course instructor. Mr. Baskin has served as a Commissioner in Chancery since 1988 and as a Neutral Case Evaluator for the Fairfax County Court since 1993.
While Mr. Baskin’s 33 years of experience as a practicing attorney covers a broad array of legal matters, his primary emphasis is in the areas of zoning, land use and civil litigation. Within the field of zoning and land use, Mr. Baskin handles matters ranging from obtaining variances and special permits from Boards of Zoning Appeals and handling appeals of zoning violations, to re-zonings, special exceptions, site plans and subdivisions. His clients include individual homeowners, builders, developers, and businesses that have needed a wide variety of local government approvals. Additionally, Mr. Baskin has represented numerous churches on zoning issues such as special permits, re-zonings and special exceptions as well as in litigation matters. In addition to his zoning and land use practice, Mr. Baskin has an active civil trial practice in the state courts of Virginia.
As with all of the attorneys in the firm, Mr. Baskin maintains an AV® Preeminent™Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review RatingsSM, the highest rating obtainable by the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory.
Mr. Baskin lives in Vienna, Virginia, with his wife Jill, and their children, Gunnar and Molly. He and his family are outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy bicycling, skiing, fly-fishing, tennis, and hiking.