Neighbor Law (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Designation Credit: 2.0 Real Estate Law Practice (Designations Information)
Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 08/31/2020


A pre-recorded streaming video replay from the August 2017 webcast, Neighbor Law 2017.

Topics covered include:

  • Gain a practical understanding of how to handle the difficult neighbor lurking in every neighborhood
  • Every Virginia attorney needs an overview of this area of the law
  • The seminar materials are an extremely valuable, condensed synopsis of the law that will be used over and over

Living in close proximity to one another brings out the best and the worst in all of us. When proximity means sharing the same patch of dirt or foundation, issues are bound to arise. “Neighbor law” is diffuse; it integrates a variety of types of law from real estate to torts and often requires a great deal of research to answer one question.

Whether you are a residential or commercial real estate lawyer, municipal lawyer, general practitioner, in-house counsel, or the lawyer who occasionally fields questions about such issues from friends and family, this program will benefit you. Learn what your client’s rights are and how alternative dispute resolution might save you and your client from a visit to the courthouse. Topics include dealing with boundary issues, disruptive behavior between neighbors, and nuisance, nudist, and noise issues.

The seminar materials for this program are an extremely valuable, condensed synopsis of the law that will be used over and over.




John C. Altmiller, Pesner Kawamoto / McLean (Expand/Collapse Bio)

John C. Altmiller is a partner in the firm Pesner Kawamoto. 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 both federal and state courts, including Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Prince William, Loudoun, Fauquier, Stafford, and Fredericksburg, and has been lead counsel in over fifty circuit court trials. Mr. Altmiller graduated from Villanova University in 1988 and received his law degree from George Mason University in 1992. He is the former co-chair of the Real Estate Section of the Fairfax County Bar Association, and the former chair of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors Attorney Roundtable. He has been a speaker at many continuing education seminars in the area of real estate, litigation, and ethics.

Michael E. Derdeyn, Lenhart Pettit / Charlottesville (Expand/Collapse Bio)

Mike Derdeyn's practice focuses on the areas of litigation, general business law, and employment law. He also serves as general counsel to a number of local businesses.

Mr. Derdeyn’s litigation experience includes litigating claims for individuals and for businesses in state and federal courts in the areas of commercial litigation, real estate, construction, employment, and landlord-tenant law. He has litigated and resolved matters involving partnership and shareholder disputes, trade secrets violations, fraud, business torts, defamation, tortious interference with contract, breach of contract, wrongful termination, discrimination, violations of the Uniform Commercial Code, violations of the Consumer Protection Act, real property disputes, and trust and estate matters, among others. He also has successfully handled numerous injunction actions for employers seeking to restrict competition by former employees. He has been reported in cases in the Virginia Supreme Court and in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia.

Mr. Derdeyn’s business law experience includes representing and providing legal advice to a number of local companies in a broad range of industries, including media and entertainments companies, automobile dealerships, construction companies, property managers, and developers. He advises his clients on shareholder and partner conflicts. He also provides contract drafting, contract negotiation and employment counselling services.

Mr. Derdeyn also devotes time to providing advice and litigation services to residential and commercial property owners in landlord-tenant matters.

E. Duffy Myrtetus, Goodman Allen Donnelly / Richmond (Expand/Collapse Bio)

Duffy Myrtetus is a shareholder of the firm resident in the Richmond office. A highly experienced real estate, business transactions, and commercial litigation attorney, Mr. Myrtetus’s practice is principally centered on the representation of various parties involved in transactional and litigation matters related to the acquisition, sale, lease, financing, development, and operation of real property assets and interests.

Mr. Myrtetus maintains a diverse practice representing individual investors, institutional lenders and investors, developers, loan servicers, property managers, underwriters, brokers, and others in a wide variety of matters related to planning, entitlement, development, financing, mortgage banking, title claims, loan workouts, and related transactions and litigation. Additionally, his transactional practice includes commercial and residential settlements, tax credit financings, commercial and conduit loans, mortgage foreclosures, land use and planning, and mortgage lender servicing matters. Mr. Myrtetus also has experience in commercial litigation matters including forfeiture proceedings, fraudulent conveyances, title claims, boundary line disputes, partition, construction disputes, and related claims. He also handles estate and trust planning and administration, as well as fiduciary claim litigation and ancillary administration in Virginia and Florida.

Mr. Myrtetus is a native of Miami, Florida, where he also maintains an active practice. He earned a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Spanish from the University of Richmond in 1985, and he earned his law degree from St. Thomas University in 1988. Upon completion of law school, he entered private practice in Miami, practicing there until 1991 when he was admitted to the Virginia Bar. He is admitted to all state and federal courts in Florida and Virginia, and is also admitted to the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Myrtetus is the past chair of the Real Estate Section for the City of Richmond Bar Association, and is a past president of the Out of State Practitioner’s Division of the Florida Bar, and currently serves as a member of the Florida Bar’s Board of Governors. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, and has been recognized as one of Virginia Business magazine’s Legal Elite in Construction (2004–present).

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