Mark Looney, Partner

Mark Looney is a partner in the Real Estate practice group and a member of the Cooley Business department. He joined the Firm in 2000 and is resident in the Reston, Virginia location.

Mr. Looney's practice includes representing major developers and national, regional and local companies in all areas of land use, including office, retail, industrial, mixed-use, residential, healthcare, hotel and large planned community projects. Mr. Looney counsels clients concerning all aspects of the land planning, zoning and development process, including obtaining necessary zoning and permitting approvals from public bodies and agencies, as well as presenting proposed zoning changes to affected community groups and the local media.  Mr. Looney has been recognized as one of the region's preeminent land use/zoning attorneys by The Washington Business Journal ("Young Gun" - 2008; "Top Zoning Lawyer" - Finalist, 2009), The Virginia Business Journal ("Legal Elite - Virginia's Best Lawyers"), Richmond Magazine ("Rising Star"), Best Lawyers in America (2013-2015) and Chambers USA (named as an "Up and Comer" in 2009, Band 2 in 2011, 2012 and 2013, Band 1 in 2015 and as a member of the #1-ranked Real Estate practice in Northern Virginia from 2008-2014).

Among the rezonings, concept plans, development plans and special exceptions on which Mr. Looney recently has worked are:

  • Reston Town Center - 450-acre, 7+ million sq. ft. mixed-use Town Center District located along the Dulles Toll Road in Fairfax County:
    • Spectrum at Town Center – 750,000 sq. ft. office/hotel, 1,450-residential unit mixed-use redevelopment.
    • Excelsior Parc – 457-unit, two-building luxury condominium tower.
    • Avant at Reston Town Center – 359-unit high-rise, luxury rental apartments.
    • Parc Reston – Redevelopment/Conversion of 700-unit redevelopment complex in Reston, Virginia.
    • Signature Site - mixed- use development containing 250,000 sq. ft. of office, 560 residential units + 26,000 sq. ft. of retail
  • Springfield Mall – Conversion of 85-acre suburban shopping mall into transit-oriented, mixed-use development containing up to 2,800 residential units, 1 million sq. ft. of office, 450 hotel rooms and 2 million sq. ft. of retail.
  • Glascock Field at Stone Ridge – 100-acre mixed-use community in Loudoun County, Virginia, including 750,000 sq. ft. medical campus, 550,000 sq. ft. secure office campus and 276-unit multi-family residential development.
  • StoneSpring Medical Center – Medical campus for with 164-bed general acute care hospital and 400,000 sq. ft. of medical office in Loudoun County, Virginia.
  • Reston Hospital Center – 225,000 sq. ft. of office space and 152-bed expansion and enhancement of medical campus in Reston, Virginia.
  • Dunn Loring/Merrifield Metro Station – 720-unit transit-oriented, mixed-use development, including 125,000 sq. ft. of ground floor retail & commuter parking, in Fairfax County, Virginia.
  • Commonwealth Centre – 1.4 million sq. ft. office, hotel & retail mixed-use development in Westfields Corporate Center near Dulles Airport in Fairfax County, Virginia.
  • Belvoir Corporate Center – 200,000 sq. ft. secure office campus adjacent to Fort Belvoir in Lorton, Virginia.
  • Herndon Element Hotel – 150-room hotel and 12,850 sq. ft. of retail space as part of mixed-use revitalization project in Town of Herndon, Virginia.
  • Penn Daw Plaza – Redevelopment of suburban shopping center into a mixed-use community of 450 residential units with ground floor retail in Alexandria, Virginia.
  • Fairfax Circle - Redevelopment of suburban shopping center into a mixed-use community of 400 residential units with grocery-anchored, ground floor retail in Fairfax City, Virginia.
  • Bozzuto Reston Station – Redevelopment of mini-storage and warehouse site into transit-oriented, mixed-use development of 400 residential units and ground floor retail adjacent to the Reston East transit station in Reston, Virginia.
  • Greensboro Park Place – 480-unit, transit-oriented, mixed use development in Tysons, Virginia.
  • Elm Street – 240-unit, mixed-use development in downtown McLean, Virginia.

In addition, Mr. Looney has represented clients in real estate litigation matters and before the Virginia State Corporation Commission on public utility matters affecting real estate holdings and planned communities.  Mr. Looney also has assisted clients with real estate and related matters affecting the issuance of Certificates of Public Need for medical facilities in Virginia. 

In 2010, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed Mr. Looney to the Reston Master Plan Task Force, which is charged with recommending changes to the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan necessary to guide development of properties adjacent to the three Silver Line Metrorail stations under construction along the Dulles Corridor in Reston, Virginia. 

Mr. Looney received his J.D., cum laude, from the George Mason University School of Law. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from James Madison University, with majors in Political Science and Public Administration.

Mr. Looney currently serves as Chairman of the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance and is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, where he remains a co-chair of the Chamber's Public Policy Committee. 

Mr. Looney is a member of the Virginia Bar.


  • George Mason University School of Law
    JD, 2000, cum laude
  • James Madison University
    BA Political Science & Public Administration, 1991

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  • Virginia


"Cooley is excellent at strategically navigating the challenges of land use applications to successful conclusions."

"Cooley's team is responsive, effective and solutions-oriented."

Mark Looney is said to be "skilled, personable and an excellent communicator and strategist."

- Chambers and Partners 2012 Edition

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