Mark Looney


My job is to take another’s idea for what could happen with property and develop a strategy to make it happen.

+1 703 456 8652

Mark Looney specializes in representing property owners and national, regional and local developers on all aspects of the land planning, zoning and development process.  He serves as a strategic advisor and guide to help secure the necessary approvals required for office, retail, industrial, mixed-use, residential, healthcare, hotel and large planned community projects.

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    Boating and fishing with my kids

We’ve been working with Mark for many years, and he continues to impress us with his ability to deliver timely, strategic advice, anticipate and resolve difficult land use challenges, and achieve results through his solutions-oriented approach. He is a thoughtful attorney and strategist and has served us tremendously well. – Pete Otteni, Vice President, Boston Properties

  • George Mason University School of Law
    JD, cum laude, 2000

  • James Madison University
    BA, Political Science and Public Administration

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Rankings & Accolades

    The Best Lawyers in America (2013-2017)

    Chambers USA: Land Use/Zoning – Band 1 (2015-2016) and Band 2 (2011-2014), and member of top real estate practice in Northern Virginia (2008-2016)

    Virginia Business Magazine: Legal Elite (2014-2015) 

    Legal 500: Real Estate and Construction - Land Use & Zoning (2016)

    GWCAR's Best in Industry Real Estate Awards: Cooley Named "Top Law Firm" (2012)


+1 703 456 8652 office
+1 703 456 8100 fax

One Freedom Square
11951 Freedom Drive
Reston, VA 20190-5656