John C. Altmiller


Emphasizes Real Estate and Real Estate Litigation, Contract Law, Civil Litigation, Construction Disputes, Landlord/Tenant, Business Law


John C. Altmiller is a shareholder in the firm Pesner Kawamoto since 2008. His practice is concentrated in real estate, real estate litigation, civil litigation, business law, landlord-tenant, collections, and contract law. He has tried cases in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts, and has numerous reported cases. He has been lead counsel in over sixty circuit court trials, and he has also represented parties in proceedings before regulatory boards and associations. Mr. Altmiller graduated Villanova University in 1988 and received his law degree from George Mason University in 1992. He is the former co-chairman of the Real Estate Section of the Fairfax County Bar Association. He has been a speaker at many continuing education seminars throughout Virginia in the areas of real estate and litigation.


  • Villanova University (B.A. 1988)
  • George Mason University School of Law (J.D. 1992)

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia


  • Member, Virginia Association of Realtors® Attorney Roundtable (2015 – Present)
  • Member, Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® Attorney Roundtable (2011 – Present)
  • NVAR Attorney Roundtable, Chairman, 2011
  • Fairfax County Bar Association, Property Section, Co-Chair, 2006-2007

Reported Cases

  • Blowers v. Lerner, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39085 (E.D. Va. Mar. 14, 2016)
  • Ross v. R.A. North Dev., Inc. (In re Total Realty Mgmt., LLC), 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 950, 6-7 (4th Cir. Jan. 14, 2013)
  • Nicksolat v. Gharavi, 2013 Va. Cir. LEXIS 89 (Va. Cir. Ct. Sept. 16, 2013)
  • Zhou Jie Plant v. Merrifield Town Ctr. Ltd. P'ship, 482 Fed. Appx. 823, 826 (4th Cir. 2012)
  • Khader v. Hadi Enters., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 135514, 2-3 (E.D. Va. Dec. 22, 2010)
  • Pugsley v. Jalajel, 2010 WL 3946420, 2010 Bankr. LEXIS 3537 (Bkrtcy.E.D.Va. 2010)
  • Long v. Merrifield, Town Center Ltr Partnership, F.3d.240 (4th Cir. 2010)
  • Feeley v. Total Realty Management, 660 F.Supp.2d 700 (E.D.Va. 2009)
  • Sedler v. Select Properties, Inc., 67 Va. Cir. 515 (2004)
  • In Westlaw (2008 Thomson/West), Not Reported in S.E.2d:

  • Gilliam v. Gilliam, Va. Cir. Ct., Fairfax County, August 14, 2003, No. 211966
  • Anderson v. Corrigan, Va. Cir. Ct., Fairfax County, July 3, 2002, No. 176247



  • 31st Annual Real Estate Practice Seminar
    "Ethical Dilemmas For Real Estate Attorneys", May 2013
  • 17th Annual Advanced Real Estate Seminar
    "Everything You Wanted to Know About Real Estate Litigation (But Were Afraid to Ask)", March 2013
  • 28th Annual Real Estate Practice Seminar
    "The Essential Terms of Virginia Residential Real Estate Contract", May 2010
  • Neighbor Law
    "Disruptive Behavior Between Neighbors", September 2009 & 2011 & 2014
  • 12th Annual Professional Development Conference
    "How to Ask a Question", October 2013
  • 52nd Annual Convention of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
    "The Real Estate Market’s Effect on Equitable Distribution in Agreements & Litigation: Values, Mortgages & Title Issues" April 1, 2011
  • "Real Estate Law: Advanced Issues and Answers", October 2010
  • "How to Obtain Good Title in Real Estate Transactions", September, 2010
  • "Real Estate Law: Advanced Issues and Answers" October 2009
  • "In-Depth Title Insurance Principles", June, 2009, Fairfax
  • "Real Estate Transactions Made Painless and Efficient", September, 2008, Fairfax
  • "Resolving Real Estate Title Defects, August", 2008, Fairfax
  • "Minimizing Liability in the Real Estate Broker-Client Relationship", August, 2008, Fairfax
  • "Negotiating Real Estate Contracts", July 2008, Fairfax
  • "In-Depth Title Insurance Principles", June, 2008, Fairfax
  • "Important Recent Changes in Real Estate Law & Practice", January 30, 2008
  • "Essentials of Section 1031 Exchanges in Virginia", November, 2003, Arlington
  • "Keys to Success in a Real Estate Transaction in Virginia", April, 2004, Fairfax
  • "Real Estate Law for the New and Non Real Estate Practitioner", April 20, 2004
  • "Closing the Deal: How to Succeed at Real Estate Transactions in Virginia", April, 2005, Fairfax
  • "Resolving Real Estate Title Defects", July, 2006, Fairfax
  • "Real Estate Transactions Made Painless and Efficient", September, 2006, Fairfax
  • "Troubleshooting Title and Title Insurance Problems", August, 2007, Fairfax
  • "Real Estate Litigation in Virginia", October, 2007, Fairfax
  • "Real Estate Transactions Made Painless and Efficient", September, 2007, Fairfax