Shane Murphy, Associate

Shane Murphy is an associate in the Real Estate practice group and a member of the Firm's Business Department. He joined the Firm in 2008 and is resident in the Reston office.

Mr. Murphy is a commercial real estate attorney focusing his practice on land use and zoning matters. His practice includes representing major developers and national, regional and local companies in all areas of land use, including office, retail, industrial, mixed-use, residential and large planned community projects.

Mr. Murphy has worked on a number of land use matters, including:

  • Bill Page Honda - successfully secured the necessary approvals to revitalize and redevelop a critical area in Falls Church with a 100,000 square foot mixed-use development that will include a car dealership and retail space
  • Capital One Bank - pending rezoning of a 4.9 million square-foot, mixed-use, transit-oriented development for Capital One's prominent Tysons Corner headquarters
  • Herndon Element Hotel – a mixed-use revitalization project incorporating a 150-room hotel and 12,850 square feet of retail in the Town of Herndon.
  • The JBG Companies Tycon Hotel – a 173-room extended-stay hotel in Tysons Corner
  • Raytheon – the Cooley team served as lead counsel on a major, long-term lease for over 700,000 square feet and 1,500+ employees, which represented one of the largest private tenant leases in the country in 2009. Cooley also secured a very significant state and local incentive package for this successful defense contractor.
  • Reston Hospital Center – 225,000 square feet of office space and 152-bed expansion and enhancement of medical campus in Reston, Virginia.

Mr. Murphy also focuses on the transit-oriented development patterns increasingly favored by local jurisdictions in Northern Virginia. In Fairfax County, he has participated in planning and implementation efforts for the Tysons Corner Comprehensive Plan, which seeks to transform Tysons Corner from a series of suburban office parks to a vibrant environment focused on transit-oriented urban development patterns.

Currently, Mr. Murphy represents a coalition of landowners adjacent to the Herndon-Monroe Metrorail Station, and is working closely with the Town of Herndon to promote transit-friendly mixed-use development in that area.

Mr. Murphy also has over a decade of experience in legislative decision-making at the federal, state, and local levels. Prior to joining Cooley, he worked as a legislative aide to members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Virginia House of Delegates, and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

Mr. Murphy received his JD from George Mason University in 2007. He earned his BA in Government and Politics from George Mason University in 2001.

Mr. Murphy is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and is also a member of the Virginia and Fairfax Bar Associations. He serves on the Board of Directors of Herndon Community Television and is active in the Rotary Club of Herndon.


  • George Mason University School of Law
    JD, 2007
  • George Mason University
    BA Government and Politics, 2001

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia


  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • The Virginia Bar Association
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Reston Town Center
11951 Freedom Drive
Reston, Virginia 20190-5656

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