John Colby Cowherd


About Me:

My name is John Colby Cowherd. I am an attorney who litigates real estate and contract rights in Virginia and Washington, D.C.  I advocate for property owners and family-owned businesses in a variety of disputes, including construction, real estate loans and community association matters.

I received my B.A. from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. St. John’s is the Liberal Arts school known for its Great Books Program. In 2005, I graduated from George Mason University School of Law (now GMU Antonin Scalia Law School) in Arlington, Virginia. I am admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia.

I am a frequent speaker on real estate law. I have been interviewed about Construction & Community Associations Law as a frequent guest on the radio show On the Commons. In April 2015, I presented an Ethics in Foreclosure segment in a comprehensive Real Estate Foreclosure Law continuing education seminar for other lawyers. I am an active member of the Common Interest Community Subcommittee of the Virginia State Bar’s Real Property Section. in September 2017, I made a presentation on professional ethics in lawyer blogging and social media in the Professional Development Conference for the Young Lawyer’s Conference of the Virginia State Bar.

I grew up in Culpeper County, Virginia. I now live in Northern Virginia with my wife and our two daughters. In my free time, I drive my older daughter around for gymnastics. We enjoy visiting family in Culpeper and Virginia’s Northern Neck.

About this Blog:

My professional commitment to protecting the rights of property owners motivates this blog. I named Words of Conveyance after the essential language in deeds that effects transfer of property rights from one to another. See the 1998 Supreme Court of Virginia opinion, Lim v. Choi.


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Contact me at Cowherd PLC, 2911 Hunter Mill Road, Suite 300, Oakton, Virginia 22124, (703) 884-2894, (703) 879-5581 (facsimile),