Ryan Jenness


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A native of Richmond, Ryan began his practice in 2001 in the vibrant Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia real estate market, returning to his hometown in early 2008. He focuses on commercial leasing, sales and acquisitions, and borrower representation. Ryan has performed extensive work representing landlords and tenants in leasing office and retail space.

Ryan continues to work on a variety of retail projects, including stand-alone operators, restaurants, shopping centers, and regional malls.  He is routinely involved in the drafting and negotiation of space leases, ground leases, and shopping center declarations.  Many of his deals have included national operators, such as Costco, Wegmans, McDonald’s, Advance Auto, Ben and Jerry’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, Subway, Wawa, Sheetz, CVS, Jared, Sonic, Jo-Ann, Dollar Tree, Sweet Frog, Bank of America, SunTrust, DaVita and Tuesday Morning, among others.

On the office front, Ryan regularly represents owners and tenants in office transactions, including numerous leases in excess of 100,000 square feet, in addition to portfolio sales and acquisitions.

Given his experience, Ryan is uniquely well-suited to counsel clients on issues associated with mixed-use development, a growing real estate trend seen in both the urban core and suburban markets across the country.  Current large-scale projects include prominent waterfront developments in Richmond and Roanoke, Virginia, each planned to consist of office, retail, restaurant, residential, and hotel space.

In his spare time, Ryan enjoys watching baseball and college football, playing mediocre golf, studying American history, sipping craft beer, and most of all, enjoying time with his family and friends.

Ryan Jenness


Villanova University School of Law
Villanova, PA – J.D., 2001

College of William & Mary
Williamsburg, VA – B.A., 1998

Awards & Recognitions

Super Lawyers Rising Star, Real Estate, 2013, 2015

Virginia Business Legal Elite, Real Estate/Land Use, 2018


Virginia State Bar

Virginia Bar Association

District of Columbia Bar

Greater Richmond Association for Commercial Real Estate (GRACRE)

International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

Mid-Atlantic Conference Planning Committee, 2015-2018
Moderator, Retailers’ Runway, ICSC Mid-Atlantic Conference, 2015
Roundtable Moderator, ICSC Law Conference, 2010-2013

Home Building Association of Richmond (HBAR)