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John C. Altmiller Jr.


(703) 506-9440   ext 232

Fax (703) 506-0929

"In litigation, an attorney's greatest asset is his relationship
with his client."

Emphasizes Real Estate and Real Estate Litigation, Contract Law, Civil Litigation, Construction Disputes, Landlord/Tenant, Business Law.




John C. Altmiller is a shareholder in the firm Pesner Altmiller Melnick & DeMers since 2008. His practice is concentrated in real estate, real estate litigation, civil litigation, business law, landlord-tenant, collections, and contract law. He has tried cases in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts, and has numerous reported cases. He has been lead counsel in over sixty circuit court trials, and he has also represented parties in proceedings before regulatory boards and associations. Mr. Altmiller graduated Villanova University in 1988 and received his law degree from George Mason University in 1992. He is the former co-chairman of the Real Estate Section of the Fairfax County Bar Association. He has been a speaker at many continuing education seminars throughout Virginia in the areas of real estate and litigation.



  • Villanova University (B.A. 1988)

  • George Mason University School of Law (J.D. 1992)


Bar Admissions

  • Virginia

  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia


  • Member, Virginia Association of Realtors® Attorney Roundtable (2015 – Present)

  • Member, Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® Attorney Roundtable (2011 – Present)

  • NVAR Attorney Roundtable, Chairman, 2011

  • Fairfax County Bar Association, Property Section, Co-Chair, 2006-2007

Awards & Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers for 2022–2023, US News and World Report Real Estate and Trusts and Estates

  • Northern Viriginia Magazine Top Lawyers for 2019-2023

  • Virginia Legal Elite for 2022-2023

Reported Cases


McGrath v. Dockendorf, 292 Va. 834, 836, 793 S.E.2d 336, 337 (2016)

Zhou Jie Plant v. Merrifield Town Ctr. Ltd. Partnership, 482 Fed. Appx. 823 (4th Cir. 2012)

Ross v. R.A. North Dev., Inc. (In re Total Realty Mgmt., LLC), 706 F.3d 245 (4th Cir. 2012)

Long v. Merrifield Town Ctr. L.P., 611 F.3d 240, 242 (4th Cir. 2010)

Veldhuis v. Abboushi, 77 Va. App. 599 (Va. Ct. App. 2023)


Willems v. Batcheller, 79 Va. App. 199 (Va. Ct. App. 2023)

Courthouse News Serv. v. Hade, 631 F.Supp. 3d 349 (E.D. Va. 2022)


Courthouse News Serv. v. Hade, 580 F.Supp. 3d 289 (E.D. Va. 2022)

Hunter v., LLC, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 147549; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 147791
Va. 2017)

Blowers v. Lerner, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 149772; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 232065 (E.D.Va. 2017)

NAD LLC v. Rose, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 178232 (E.D.Va. 2016)

Blowers v. Lerner, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39085; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 118773 (E.D.Va. 2016)

Yasser Gaber Abou El Hadied Mohamed Ali v. Coleman, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 111256 (E.D.Va.

Bartley v. Merrifield Town Ctr., Ltd. Partnership, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 168289 (E.D.Va. 2011)

Pugsley v. Jalajel (In re Jalajel), 2010 Bankr. LEXIS 3537 (E.D.Va. Bankr. 2010)

Khader v. Hadi Enters., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 135514 (E.D.Va. 2010)

Feeley v. Total Realty Mgmt., 660 F. Supp. 2d 700 (E.D.Va. 2009)

Mountjoy v. Slaey110 Va. Cir. 359 (Fairfax Cir. Ct. 2022)

Alves v. Stanojevic, 110 Va. Cir. 338 (Alexandria Cir. Ct. 2022)


Ellis v. Ewan, 110 Va. Cir. 262 (Alexandria Cir. Ct. 2022)


DeLeon v. McGaha, 109 Va. Cir. 264 (Loudoun Cir. Ct. 2022)


Abboushi v. Veldhuis, 108 Va. Cir. 522 (Alexandria Cir. Ct. 2021)

Sayres v. Fuentes, 108 Va. Cir. 67 (Loudoun Cir. Ct. 2021)


Malloy v. Westco Builders, 109 Va. Cir. 123 (Culpeper Cir. Ct. 2021)


Eskandari v. Auto Imps. of Woodbridge, 109 Va. Cir. 452 (Prince William Cir. Ct. 2021)


Sayres v. Fuentes, 108 Va. Cir. 67 (Loudoun Cir. Ct. 2021)

NB Tysons, Inc. v. VA Henry Rose, LLC, 2020 Va. Cir. LEXIS 152 (Fairfax Cir. Ct. 2020)

Greiner v. Paynter, 103 Va. Cir. 94, 95 (Fairfax Cir. Ct. 2019)

Commonwealth ex rel. Real Estate Bd. v. Tutt Taylor & Rankin Real Estate, 2019 Va. Cir. LEXIS
1120 (Loudoun Cir. Ct. 2019)

Evans v. Scanlon, 2018 Va. Cir. LEXIS 7 (Fairfax Cir. Ct. 2018)

HZ Retail LLC v. Mohammed, 98 Va. Cir. 108 (Fairfax Cir. Ct. 2018)

Daly v. Gulick Grp., Inc., 99 Va. Cir. 186 (Fairfax Cir. Ct. 2018)

Nicksolat v. Gharavi, 87 Va. Cir. 106 (Fairfax Cir. Ct. 2013)

Sedler v. Select Properties, Inc., 67 Va. Cir. 515 (2004)

Gilliam v. Gilliam, 2003 Va. Cir. LEXIS 173 (Fairfax Cir. Ct. 2003)

Anderson v. Corrigan, 59 Va. Cir. 219 (Fairfax Cir. Ct. 2002)



It Is Better To Ask For Permission Than To Seek Forgiveness: Nicksolat v. Gharavi And The Effect Of Failing To Obtain Mortgagee Consent In The Reassignment Of Limited Common Elements Pursuant To Virginia Code §55-79.57, The Fee Simple, Newsletter of the Real Estate Section of the Virginia State Bar, Volume 3 XXXIV, Number 2, Fall 2013


  • 24th Annual Advanced Real Estate Seminar, Virginia CLE
    “Ethics of Lawyers on the Move—Ethical Obligations of Changing Law Firms) and “Everyday Pitfalls and Perils of the Practitioner”, March 2020

  • Common Litigation Issues in Real Estate Contracts, Virginia CLE, October 2019​

  • 36th Annual Real Estate Practice Seminar, Virginia CLE
    “Advanced the Business Arrangements and Joint Ventures under RESPA”, May 2018


  • 2018 NVAR Convention
    “Real Estate Team Formation and Compliance”, 2018


  • 21st Annual Advanced Real Estate Seminar, Virginia CLE
    “Email, Websites, and Cloud-Based Data Storage: Hidden Traps” and “Ethical Issues with Attorney Staff”, March, 2017


  • 17th Annual Advanced Real Estate Seminar, Virginia CLE
    Everything You Wanted to Know About Real Estate Litigation (But Were Afraid to Ask)", March 2013


  • 31st Annual Real Estate Practice Seminar, Virginia CLE
    "Ethical Dilemmas For Real Estate Attorneys", May 2013


  • 28th Annual Real Estate Practice Seminar, Virginia CLE
    "The Essential Terms of Virginia Residential Real Estate Contract", May 2010

  • Neighbor Law
    "Disruptive Behavior Between Neighbors", September 2009 & 2011, 2014, 2017 & 2020


  • 12th Annual Professional Development Conference, Virginia State Bar
    "How to Ask a Question", October 2013


  • 52nd Annual Convention of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
    "The Real Estate Market’s Effect on Equitable Distribution in Agreements & 
    Litigation: Values, Mortgages & Title Issues", April 1, 2011


  • "Real Estate Law: Advanced Issues and Answers", October 2010

  • "How to Obtain Good Title in Real Estate Transactions", September, 2010

  • "Real Estate Law: Advanced Issues and Answers", October 2009

  • "In-Depth Title Insurance Principles", June, 2009, Fairfax

  • "Real Estate Transactions Made Painless and Efficient", September, 2008, Fairfax

  • "Resolving Real Estate Title Defects, August", 2008, Fairfax

  • "Minimizing Liability in the Real Estate Broker-Client Relationship", August, 2008, Fairfax

  • "Negotiating Real Estate Contracts", July 2008, Fairfax

  • "In-Depth Title Insurance Principles", June, 2008, Fairfax

  • "Important Recent Changes in Real Estate Law & Practice", January 30, 2008

  • "Essentials of Section 1031 Exchanges in Virginia", November, 2003, Arlington

  • "Keys to Success in a Real Estate Transaction in Virginia", April, 2004, Fairfax

  • "Real Estate Law for the New and Non Real Estate Practitioner", April 20, 2004

  • "Closing the Deal: How to Succeed at Real Estate Transactions in Virginia", April, 2005, Fairfax

  • "Resolving Real Estate Title Defects", July, 2006, Fairfax

  • "Real Estate Transactions Made Painless and Efficient", September, 2006, Fairfax

  • "Troubleshooting Title and Title Insurance Problems", August, 2007, Fairfax

  • "Real Estate Litigation in Virginia" October, 2007, Fairfax

  • "Real Estate Transactions Made Painless and Efficient", September, 2007, Fairfax

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