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 Director of the Firm. He joined the Firm 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 attorney in the Construction Law and Litigation Practice Groups.


  • 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 – 2020
  • 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 – 2019
  • 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