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James E. Autry

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in Fairfax, VA

Culin, Sharp, Autry & Day, P.L.C.
4124 Leonard Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-934-2940
Fax: 703-934-2943
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2022
Licensed in Virginia Since: 1984
Practice Areas: Real Estate: Business, Business/Corporate, Estate & Trust Litigation
Attorney Profile

As a partner at Fairfax, Virginia-based Culin Sharp Autry & Day PLC, James E. Autry handles complex civil litigation involving business disputes, real estate matters, and trusts and estates issues. He provides representation to clients throughout northern Virginia. Mr. Autry also has a transactional practice that includes the preparation of corporate governance documents and shareholder agreements, business restructuring, loan refinancings, franchise leasing and commercial lease agreements, commercial real estate acquisitions and sales, and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Autry attended Randolph-Macon College in Virginia and received a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1980. As an undergraduate, he was honored with induction into the Phi Beta Kappa Society and the classics society, Eta Sigma Phi. After earning a Master of Arts in History at the University of Virginia, Mr. Autry enrolled at the Dickinson School of Law, which is now part of Pennsylvania State University, and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1984. Admitted to practice before all Virginia state courts, Mr. Autry is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.

His successful and ethical representation of his many clients has earned Mr. Autry acclaim from his fellow attorneys, including an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. Northern Virginia Magazine has included him in its annual list of Top Lawyers, and he has also been named as one of the state's Legal Elite by Virginia Business magazine. Mr. Autry has been asked to give presentations on business and legal ethics, and he has served as an adjunct professor at Northern Virginia Community College, teaching courses on real estate law.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Real Estate: Business
  • 40%Business/Corporate
  • 10%Estate & Trust Litigation
Focus Areas

Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations, Will Contests


6 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2022

About James E. Autry

First Admitted: 1984, Virginia

Professional Webpage:

Educational Background

  • University of Virginia, M.A. in American History, 1980
  • Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia, B.A. in English & American History, Phi Beta Kappa, Eta Sigma Phi, 1980

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Adjunct Professor, teaching Real Estate Law at Northern Virginia Community College, 1990-2000

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, Virginia State Bar, Real Property Section  
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia


  • Legal Elite in Business Law, Virginia Business Magazine, 2010-2012, Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine, 2016
  • AV(TM) rated by Martindale-Hubbell(TM)
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Office Location for James E. Autry

4124 Leonard Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-934-2940

Fax: 703-934-2943

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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