Paul W. Gerhardt

Paul W. Gerhardt

Member Executive Committee Member

Managing Director

Office: Williamsburg, Richmond

T (757) 259.3860

F (888) 360.9092


Paul is the Managing Director of Kaufman & Canoles' Richmond office as well as being a member of the firm's Williamsburg office. He also serves on the firm's Executive Committee and is a member of the firm's Real Estate Strategies Group. Paul represents owners, lenders and developers in all aspects of real estate related transactions, including sales, purchases, leasing, construction and financing, and loan workouts and restructuring. He regularly negotiates lease agreements for land, office, retail and industrial space.

As a member of the firm's Health Care Practice Group, Paul also leads the Senior Housing and Care Team at Kaufman & Canoles and has extensive experience serving the unique needs of developers and owners and operators of senior housing and long-term care facilities. He provides legal counsel with the day-to-day operational needs and the intermittent transactional needs of his clients, which include for-profit and nonprofit developers, owners and operators of independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing facilities. Additionally, Paul serves as General Counsel to a continuing care retirement community operator.



Representative Matters

  • Advises clients in the acquisition, development and financing of commercial and residential properties such as shopping centers, hospitality properties, planned communities, office buildings, hotels, mixed-use properties, assisted living facilities and industrial properties
  • Counseled client in the acquisition and development of healthcare-based community and creation of a community development authority supported with tax-exempt financing
  • Serves as General Counsel to a leading Continuing Care Retirement Community and counsels clients in the area of senior continuing care and housing
  • Counsels borrowers and lenders in project construction, financing and loan restructuring transactions
  • Negotiates lease agreements for land, office space, and retail and industrial space
  • Advocates on behalf of clients before planning commissions and local governing bodies in issues pertaining to land use and zoning

Recognition & Honors

  • AV® Rated; Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2012-2018
  • Virginia Super Lawyers; Law & Politics, 2006, 2010-2012 
  • Virginia’s Legal Elite; Virginia Business Magazine, 2004, 2009-2014, 2016-2017 


  • James City County Economic Development Authority; Director (Chairman, 2012-2013)
  • Williamsburg Health Foundation; Member, Board of Trustees
  • Hampton Roads Association of Commercial Real Estate (HRACRE); Past President, 2002, President’s Council
  • Williamsburg Community Foundation; Chair, Board of Directors; Vice Chair, Board of Directors, 2015; Member, Executive Committee
  • Middleburg Financial Corporation; Chair, Williamsburg Regional Board of Directors
  • American Health Lawyers Association; Post-Acute and Long Term Services Practice Group
  • LeadingAge
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Virginia State Bar; Real Property and Business Law Section
  • Virginia Bar Association; Real Estate Section; Member, Real Estate Council
  • Williamsburg Bar Association
  • Wyoming State Bar


  • Virginia,1984
  • United States Supreme Court, 2001
  • Wyoming, 2014


  • Washington & Lee University; B.A., 1979
  • Washington & Lee University School of Law; J.D., cum laude, 1984

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