Giff practices in the areas of municipal law, eminent domain, erroneous assessment, zoning, land use and real estate litigation. As an Assistant County Attorney for Prince William County, Giff provided advice to the Prince William County Planning Commission and Board of County Supervisors on a wide range of land use issues. He also assisted in a wide variety of other local government matters including the defense of the Prince William County Police Department and police officers in response to claims of excessive force.
He represented Prince William County in litigation before state and federal courts. His reported cases include the important regulatory takings case of Omni Homes v. Board of County Supervisors of Prince William County, 253 Va. 59 (1997) and the eminent domain case of Board of County Supervisors of Prince William County v. United States, 276 F.3d 1359 (Fed. Cir. 2002).
Giff commenced private practice with Blankingship & Keith in September, 2002. At Blankingship & Keith, Giff has continued his land use, zoning, real estate litigation and eminent domain practice, including continued appellate practice before the Supreme Court of Virginia. He is real estate counsel to the Prince William County School Board and he regularly represents various local governments and a utility company in real estate, land use and zoning matters. He also regularly represents private landowners in such matters. He was lead counsel in the important land use/zoning proffer case of Town of Leesburg v. Long Lane Associates, 727 S.E. 2d 27 (2012) and the BZA variance case of Martin v. City of Alexandria, et al., 743 S.E. 2d 139 (2013). Both cases addressed issues of first impression in land use and zoning law.