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R. Joseph Noble

Richmond, VA
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  • 804.420.6928
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  • 804.420.6507

Joey Noble, chair of the investment real estate practice, represents local and national real estate investment trusts (REITs), private equity groups, real estate companies and developers with respect to equity and development transactions.

Joey brings a unique insight and perspective to counseling clients in a variety of industries, including hospitality, industrial, retail, solar, mobile home, mixed use and multi-family housing. He has served as lead counsel on all types of complex real estate transactions, including acquisitions, development, sales, joint ventures, leases and financings.

Real estate companies interested in investing, developing, acquiring, managing, or financing the construction of hotels, lodgings, and other properties in the hospitality industry rely on Joey’s industry, market and legal knowledge to close the deal. In short, he helps clients confidently navigate all stages of the real estate investment cycle and maximize the value of their portfolio.

As a trusted advisor, Joey also helps clients with the acquisition, development and construction of multi-family housing developments intended to qualify for federal low-income housing tax credits and/or federal and state historic rehabilitation tax credits. 

Joey also has extensive experience in assisting regional and national landlords and tenants with the negotiation and preparation of their office, retail and industrial leases. 

With an eye for market trends, Joey has developed a diverse practice to include niche sectors, with a particular focus on renewable energy. He manages the real estate needs of solar energy companies with development projects and regularly represents clients in the negotiation and preparation of various real estate documents relating to the development of solar energy facilities.

Joey’s goals are to help his clients achieve their business objectives and to provide counsel with respect to opportunities and liabilities while promoting efficiency and continuing the momentum of the transaction. Joey prides himself on always being available to his clients and keeping each transaction on track. Understanding that his client’s real estate transactions often involve other legal aspects (including corporate, tax, environmental or litigation), Joey helps clients identify their legal needs and connects them with the attorney within the firm best fit to assist them with those needs. As an experienced and diligent project manager, Joey oversees the various facets of his clients’ transactions, as well as the entire team of professionals involved.

Joey is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Real Estate Law (2018-present) and listed in Virginia Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" for Real Estate Law (2022). He is a member of the Virginia State Bar, Texas State Bar, and the Virginia Bar Association.  In the community, Joey serves on the Better Housing Coalition Management board and as a class chair of the Annual Giving Team for St. Christopher’s School.

Joey is licensed to practice in Virginia and Texas.

Joey received his Juris Doctor degree from the College of William & Mary School of Law, and he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Virginia.


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  • College of William & Mary School of Law (J.D.)
    • William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal – Editor
    • Benjamin Rush Health Scholar Award
  • University of Virginia (B.A.)
Professional & Community Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

  • Greater Richmond Association of Commercial Real Estate
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Risk Management Association
  • Virginia Bar Association – Young Lawyer's Division
Bar & Court Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Virginia State Bar

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Real Estate Law (2018-present)

Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star - Real Estate Law (2022)

Virginia Business – “Legal Elite,” Real Estate Land Use (2022)