ROBERT C. BARCLAY, IV
Mr. Barclay attended the University of Virginia (B.A. 1982) and (J.D. 1986). From 1986 to 1991 he served as an officer in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He entered private practice in the City of Portsmouth in 1991 and joined Cooper, Spong & Davis in 1993. He has an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Barclay has also earned recognition in the 2019 and 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his expertise in Real Estate, Land Use and Zoning.
Mr. Barclay practices primarily in the areas of commercial and residential real estate, including representation of purchasers and sellers of real property, commercial lenders, property managers, and the negotiation and drafting of lease agreements. He also maintains a significant land use and zoning practice, representing clients before local governing bodies.
Mr. Barclay is licensed to practice in Virginia and is a member of the Virginia Bar Association, the Portsmouth Bar Association and the Suffolk Bar Association. He was a former member of the Suffolk City Council serving for four years representing the Sleepy Hole Borough. He has also served as Vice Chairman of the Virginia Port Authority, Chairman of the Board of Economic Development of the City of Suffolk; Chairman of the Portsmouth Planning Commission, Representative for the 3rd Judicial Circuit on the Virginia State Bar Council, President of the Virginia Real Estate Attorneys League and as an Area Representative for the Real Property Section of the Virginia State Bar. He has provided continuing legal education lectures on various real estate related topics for the Virginia Law Foundation and other groups. He has been selected by Virginia Business Magazine for inclusion on its list of “Super Lawyers” in Virginia. Mr. Barclay has recently been appointed member of the Virginia State Bar First District Disciplinary Committee.
Mr. Barclay attends St. John’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth and is active in many civic, business and community groups. His wife, Bonnie, is a nurse practitioner and they have two children: Cole and Hugh.