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Cartwright R. "Cart" Reilly

Virginia Beach, VA
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  • 757.473.5312
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  • 757.473.0395

Cart Reilly’s practice focuses on assisting financial institutions, developers and other businesses with a variety of financing transactions. She routinely counsels lenders in commercial real estate lending, asset based lending and historic tax credit transactions.  Cart also represents regional and national landlords in the preparation and negotiation of office and retail leases.  She also has extensive experience representing developers and businesses in all aspects of commercial real estate, including acquisitions, dispositions, financing, leasing and development projects.

Cart is a Hampton Roads native and enjoys actively engaging in her community. She serves on the City of Norfolk’s Board of Zoning Appeals and on the board of directors for Norfolk Festevents. She is a past member of the board of directors for the Virginia Zoological Society and a past member of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation’s Professional Advisors Committee and the Community Leadership Partners’ Steering Committee. She is the current sponsorship chair for CREW Coastal Virginia and has previously served as president of the Risk Management Association’s Hampton Roads chapter and on the executive board for the Risk Management Association’s Carolinas-Virginias chapter. She currently serves on the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association’s (NPBA) Executive Committee and as secretary of the NPBA’s Foundation.

Cart has been named among Virginia Business’ “Legal Elite” for Real Estate/Land Use (2015-present). She has been recognized as an emerging leader by several publications, including CoVa Biz Magazine’s “Millennials on the Move” (2018) and the “Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia” (2020-present), Virginia Super Lawyers’ “Rising Stars,” Inside Business’ Top 40 Under 40 (2018) and Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s Up and Coming Lawyers (2017). In 2019, the Norfolk & Portsmouth Association awarded her the Walter E. Hoffman Community Service Award.

Cart received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Juris Doctor degree from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, where she served as executive editor of the Catholic University Law Review.  Following law school, Cart served as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles E. Poston and the Honorable Karen J. Burrell of the Norfolk Circuit Court.

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  • The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (J.D.), 2010
    • Catholic University Law Review – Executive Editor
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A.), 2004
Professional & Community Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Hampton Roads - Sponsorship Chair
  • Risk Management Association, Hampton Roads Chapter - Past President
  • Risk Management Association, Carolinas-Virginias Chapter - Past Member, Executive Board
  • Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association - Executive Committee; NPBA Foundation, Secretary; Past Chair of Young Lawyers Section and Bench Bar Conference

Community Involvements

  • City of Norfolk Board of Zoning Appeals - Member
  • Norfolk Festevents - Board of Directors
  • Virginia Zoological Society - Past Member, Board of Directors
  • Hampton Roads Community Foundation - Past Member, Professional Advisors Committee; Past Member, Community Leadership Partners’ Steering Committee
  • American Heart Association - Past Auction Chair of Hampton Roads Heart Ball
  • Downtown Norfolk Council - Past DT100 Member
  • Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters - Past Member, Future Generations Board
Bar & Court Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia State Bar

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Virginia Business magazine – "Legal Elite" (2015-present)

Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association – Walter E. Hoffman Community Service Award (2019)

CoVa Biz Magazine - "Millennials on the Move," (2018); "Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia," (2020-present)

Inside Business – Top 40 Under 40 (2018)

CREW Coastal Virginia – Leader of Excellence Award (2018)

Virginia Lawyers Weekly – Up & Coming Lawyers (2017)

Virginia Super Lawyers - "Rising Star" (2020-2021)

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Real Estate Law (2021-present)


  • Represented a national petroleum manufacturing company in the sale of 1,100 properties across the country
  • Represented a regional financial institution in multiple construction and permanent financings for historic tax credit apartment projects
  • Represented a national convenience store operator in the leasing of commercial properties across the country
  • Represented a local graphics company in its leasing of office space
  • Represented a regional financial institution in financing the purchase of fishing vessels
  • Represented national and regional commercial and business financial institutions in financing and refinancing term loans and lines of credit extended to assisted living facilities statewide
  • Represented developer in acquisition and development of mixed-use real estate
  • Represented local home care company in purchase of office building
  • Represented local entity in purchase of campground
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