William H. Hoofnagle, III


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Direct Fax: 804.697.5145
Email: whoofnagle@fgb.com

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Practice Areas

Arbitration / Mediation
Civil Litigation
Construction Law / Litigation
Eminent Domain

William H

Bill Hoofnagle is a Partner. He joined FGB in 1974 and served as its Managing Director from 1991 through 2015 and its President from 1999 through 2015. His background and experience are broad-based, giving him particularly a well-rounded perspective in helping to resolve clients’ issues. He is the senior member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group.


  • Regularly serves as arbitrator in large and complex commercial and construction matters
  • Representation of clients in both arbitrations and mediations
  • Representation of owners, developers, contractors, engineers and others in a wide range of construction disputes on both public and private projects
  • Extensive experience in general commercial litigation
  • Eminent domain cases involving projects such as portions of Route 288


  • Virginia Super Lawyers magazine, “The Top Attorneys in Virginia,” Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2014 – 2024
  • Virginia Super Lawyers magazine, “The Top Attorneys in Virginia,” Construction/Surety, 2006 – 2013
  • Virginia Business magazine, “Legal Elite,” Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2005 – 2009, 2011 – 2012, 2014 – 2024
  • Virginia Business magazine, “Legal Elite,” Real Estate/Construction, 2000 – 2001, 2003 – 2004
  • Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory – AV (highest) rating


  • James T. Bush Construction Co. v. Patel, 243 Va. 84, 412 S.E.2d 703 (1992)
  • Westmoreland Rescue Squad v. Melnick, 243 Va. 222, 414 S.E.2d 817 (1992)


  • Admitted to practice in the following courts
    • All Virginia state courts
    • United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
    • United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
    • United States Bankruptcy Court
    • United States Tax Court
    • United States Court of Military Appeals
  • Member
    • American Arbitration Association
      • National Panel of Arbitrators
      • National Panel of Arbitrators for Large, Complex Construction Disputes
    • American Bar Association
    • Virginia Bar Association
    • Virginia State Bar
    • Richmond Bar Association
    • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
    • Associated General Contractors of Virginia

    • U. S. Air Force Judge Advocate General, Captain, 1970 to 1974


    • Virginia Military Institute, B.A., History, with distinction, 1967
    • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1970
    • Various arbitration and mediation training/certification courses